With the potential of offering vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants all within a flavorful and refreshing beverage, who wouldn’t want to try out some kombucha tea? Also boasting tons of different flavor options, this is a great time to join in on the kombucha action.
And that’s why National Booch Day is here to raise a glass (of non-alcoholic kombucha, of course) to this unique and popular fermented tea!
History of National Booch Day
Made with tea, sugar, yeast and live bacteria, kombucha is a fermented drink that supporters say can bring a number of different health benefits to a person’s body. Kombucha or “booch” can be made from black or green tea and, although it is fermented, it is a non-alcoholic drink.
In the process of making it, the teas are fermented with something called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), which is in a pancake shape that is placed on top of the tea. With a 1-3 week fermentation process at room temperature and then 1-2 weeks more before being refrigerated, the whole process of brewing takes about a month or less.
While the specific origins of kombucha are unclear, some historians believe that the drink may hail from China and spread through the help of the Silk Road. It has been present in places like Korea, Japan, rural Russia, and Eastern Europe for many centuries.
It wasn’t until the 1980s and early 1990s that kombucha made its way back toward popularity in the United States. Even then, it started out as a bit of a niche beverage that many people considered for only health nuts or earthy people. As time passed, more people became interested in the drink for its health benefits, especially with the idea that it could restore balance to the gut biomes, aid the immune systems, help with diabetes and more.
Also known as National Kombucha Day, or National “Booch” Day, this event offers an opportunity to show all sorts of love and appreciation for the fermented drink that has been around for centuries but has made a popular comeback in recent years. National Booch Day was founded in 2019 by the KeVita company, maker of kombucha tea.
How to Celebrate National Booch Day
Whether kombucha is a well-loved beverage in the house or it’s fairly new in the neighborhood, National Booch Day is an ideal way to get involved with this fascinating drink that dates back centuries! Consider some of these ideas for getting involved with the day:
Drink Some Kombucha
What could be a better way to celebrate National Booch Day than to toast with a bottle of kombucha tea? With all sorts of flavor options and varieties, it’s possible for almost anyone to find a taste that they will enjoy!
It is important to note that doctors may not recommend drinking kombucha for women who are pregnant, nursing mothers, or for people who may have an immune system that is compromised. Because kombucha is made of live bacteria, it is important to be safe when making it, storing it, and drinking it. And, of course, no matter who is drinking it, be sure that it comes from a trusted source where it is brewed in a clean and sanitary environment.
Try a New Kombucha Variety
Some people may have tried one kind of kombucha tea and think they don’t like it, but it’s important to get out there and try again because there are so many different options on the market today. In addition, it’s also possible for a person to put their own flavorings into plain kombucha tea to turn it into a flavor that they prefer.
Check out some of these kombucha options in honor of National Booch Day, and see which ones seem best:
- Lemon Ginger Kombucha Tea
- Apple Cinnamon Kombucha
- Coconut Lime Kombucha
- Pumpkin Spice Kombucha Tea
Make Kombucha at Home
Celebrate National Booch Day by getting involved with making kombucha tea at home. In fact, the original way that kombucha made its way around the United States was through pop-ups or markets that typically sold home-brewed batches of the tea. And since kombucha has gotten a bit expensive (sometimes $5 per bottle) many more people are considering making their own.
The most complicated part of the kombucha process is the creation of the SCOBY, although if someone else will share part of theirs with you, or if one can be ordered online, it’s a little easier. After that, it’s easy because each time kombucha is made, the “mother” SCOBY produces a “baby” and each can be used up to four times.
Once the SCOBY is ready, making the kombucha simply requires the brewing of tea and then fermenting for two different sessions. Then, refrigerate, add amazing flavors, store properly in sanitized bottles, and enjoy some amazing – and more affordable – kombucha tea that is made at home!