After eating a greasy burger or fat-streaked ribs, there’s just something about washing it all down with kombucha that feels healing. And my summer plans definitely include eating more burgers, ribs, and hot dogs. It might be all in my head, but I keep reaching for Health-Ade thanks to its robust flavor and refreshing qualities. Health-Ade’s kombucha is handcrafted and fermented in small, glass vessels for a kombucha that tastes clean, with distinctive flavors. Cayenne Cleanse does not skimp on the heat, which is fantastic for a spice-obsessive like myself.
Price: $49.95 for a variety 12-pack.
Teakoe started out simply producing teas, but the Colorado-based manufacturers also make canned fizzy versions brewed from sustainably sourced tea leaves and the mountains’ snow melt. It’s lightly sweetened with raw honey and has just the right amount of caffeine—between 55 to 130mg, depending on the flavor—to replace your afternoon cup of coffee. The line also happens to come in fun flavors, like cayenne ginger and peach lavender, made with either black tea, green tea, or white tea. If you’re a tea enthusiast, this is a refreshing option.
Price: $30 for a 12-pack.
Better Booch’s kombucha comes in cans, so it’s a little bit easier for transporting in your backpack, lining your picnic basket, or stacking in your fridge. But beyond its portable vessel, the flavors are bright and nuanced, like Citrus Sunrise, which consists of grapefruit, sage, and pu-erh tea, and Cherry Retreat, a blend of cherries, vanilla, and bergamot. They even have a horchata flavor (but it’s still kombucha, so don’t expect the creamy sweetness of your usual cinnamon-filled rice beverage). Better Booch was the first kombucha I had ever tried, which has led me to what will continue to be a life-long love affair.
Price: $34 for a case of 9.