I'd seen it in stores, read a bit about it and watched my BFF drink it but took awhile to actually try it. I was put off by the fact that it is fermented, alive and has bits floating around that resemble some sort of a fungus (not actually a mushroom). However, I finally gave in after reading about the many nutritional qualities the primary being that it's a probiotic. Probiotics help with digestion and producing nutrients. Other Kombucha claims (not proven yet) include: immunity boosting and illness fighting (everything from cancer to baldness). Now I'm not saying it's a miracle drink, but I figured the probiotic benefit alone was worth giving it a try.
I bought 3 flavors to start, all recommended by my BFF. The bottles are 2 servings so the first time I poured the Citrus flavor into a glass (keeping the slimy stuff safely in the bottle) and bravely took a sip. Much to my surprise it actually tasted good! Like a ginger ale/orange soda combo. It has the fizz of soda and the crispness of ginger ale. It smells a bit like vinegar.
The next flavor I tried was the Lavender and I liked that one just as well. Hooray! I was a little braver with that bottle and actually drank some of the sludge from the bottom. It was just fine. Last but not least is the Gingerberry flavor which I am drinking this very minute. It has a lovely pink color but of the three is my least favorite flavor.
So how did I feel? I thought that it worked as a probiotic and I had much more energy than if I'd had a typical soda or fizzy juice drink. At over $3 a bottle I'm not sure if I want to drink it everyday but I can see how people would choose it over say, Starbucks for an afternoon pick-me-up.
I'd love to learn to make my own Kombucha and perhaps that will be my next do-it-yourself adventure. Anyone have a scoby starter I could have a "baby" from? ;)