Light and refreshing, this vodka kombucha cocktail is perfect for any occasion. Made with a pink peppercorn-cardamom syrup and lemon-ginger kombucha, this drink has incredible depth of flavor and festive flare. 

How to make a kombucha cocktail

Kombucha is a great ingredient for cocktails! Effervescent and flavorful, it adds a depth of flavor unlike any other ingredient. Here is an outline of how to make a kombucha cocktail.

  • 1 ½ ounces liquor (vodka, gin, tequila are all great)
  • 2 ounces kombucha
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh citrus juice
  • 3 dashes bitters

How to make a simple syrup 

Making a simple syrup is, well, simple!

As a rule of thumb, simple syrups are made by dissolving 1 part sugar (granulated) into 1 part water (1:1).

To dissolve the sugar into the water you bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the mixture is boiling, and the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from heat and let the syrup cool completely.

See? Simple!

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Vodka-Kombucha Cocktail with Cardamom

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (¼ cup syrup) 1x


This vodka-kombucha cocktail. It’s light and refreshing yet has an incredible depth of flavor from ginger, pink peppercorns, and cardamom. It’s great anytime of year and would be a wonderful addition to any get-together or holiday party.



Cardamom-Pink Peppercorn Syrup:

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons pink peppercorns, crushed
  • Pinch salt

Per Cocktail:

  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces lemon-ginger kombucha
  • ½ ounce Cardamom–Pink Peppercorn Syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters



Combine water, sugar, cardamom, peppercorns, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 1 minute, remove from heat and cool completely.


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add vodka, kombucha, syrup, and lemon juice. Secure lid and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain cocktail into a coupe glass and finish with bitters. Garnish cocktail with pink peppercorns and a lemon twist.

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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  1. I love your story before touching on the cocktail! Your pictures are beautiful and really do a great job outlining how good the cocktail looks once it is done! Do you have any pictures of the process of making the cocktail? If not, that’s okay! I’m definitely making this cocktail soon!

    1. Hi Billy, I unfortunately do not have any additional photos of making the cocktail. But please let me know if you have any questions! I would also love to know what you think of it! Thank you for the nice note!