around this time each year i dream up of some sort of tropical vacation that never seems to pan out. i fantasize about adventures through balmy rainforests, white sand beaches, tan lines - maybe an overly sweetened tropical drink with one of those paper umbrellas. it seems like forever ago when we honeymooned in costa rica. we visited during the wet season, and on top of that we stayed in a tree house in a rain forest canopy- which was super dope - but our host explained that the humidity was at about 110%. so wet it truly was! at least once a day we would try to get down to the beach to relieve ourselves of the oppressive humidity and moisture. down we laid our incessantly wet towels on the sand and ran down the shore to the cool, refreshing waves. once we were back on our towels a man with a humble juice cart fitted with a machete would ask if we wanted a fresh drink. frank would get fresh coconut water, while i would usually get mango batido (made from fresh fruit, water, and ice). it was the most heavenly and enlivening thing to touch my parched mouth that i can still taste it if i think about it hard enough :)
so, whenever the doldrums of winter hit, you can usually find me summoning tropical vibes in some sort of fancy beverage. this year with so many friends and family going dry for january, wanting to keep their diets clean, or giving their digestive system a bit of a break, i thought there was no better thing than to fuse 2 of my favorite things to drink: tropical batidos + kombucha! KeVita's kombucha is one of those super power beverages i love to slurp on its own, the thought of all those beneficial probiotics aiding my digestion and my wonky immune system leaves me feeling invigorated and comforted. while this is a loose interpretation of a batido, the fresh fruit juice mixed with KeVita's Sparkling Probiotic lemon-ginger drink (my flavor of choice) is a new favorite! the lemon and ginger whole plant extracts that KeVita uses, mixed with fresh passion fruit juice and a bit of passion fruit seeds make this my non-alcoholic go-to that is awesome for a late afternoon sipper or a more luxurious evening beverage.
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passion fruit + lemon-ginger fresca
i use passion fruit here because i love its flavor and the texture its seeds lend to the drink. however, passion fruit can be hard to locate in some places around the globe, so another tropical fruit juice like that from mango, dragonfruit, papaya, or pineapple would work beautifully here as well!
| serves 1 |
- 1 tablespoon fresh passion fruit juice*
- 4 ounces KeVita lemon ginger Sparkling Probiotic Drink
- 1-2 tablespoons mineral water or sparkling water
- fresh thyme springs, for serving
- passion fruit pulp, for serving
*passion fruit juice
- 1 ripe passion fruit
- 2 tablespoons water
- in a lowball glass or a glass equivalent in size, add a couple pieces of ice, the passion fruit juice, lemon ginger sparkling probiotic, and 1-2 tablespoons sparkling water (depending on the size of your glass). garnish with a sprig or two of fresh thyme and a good spoonful of passion fruit pulp and seeds.
*to make the passion fruit juice, cut the passion fruit in half. use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and seeds; add to a blender along with the 2 tablespoons of water. blend on high for 1 minute. strain the juice over a bowl with a fine mesh sieve. transfer juice to a lidded jar and refrigerate until ready to use.