GAPS Legal Cocktails

Enjoy some full-GAPS legal cocktails (or mocktails)! Delicious, refreshing, good for you and beautiful!

Each drink uses a homemade honey-herb simple syrup, unflavored kombucha and fruit. You can add liquor if desired (see recommendations for each drink).

HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • 1/4 c filtered water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 short sprigs of one herb (for these recipes we used rosemary, basil and mint)

Add each ingredient to a small pot. Simmer together for 15 minutes, stirring often to combine and making sure it does not boil. After 15 minutes remove from heat, strain the herbs out and pour the remaining syrup into a jar to cool.

BLUEBERRY-ROSEMARY (MAKES 2 SERVINGS)

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha (either homemade or store bought – remember, the longer ferment the better with GAPS)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp rosemary simple syrup
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)
  • Recommended liquor: Gin (optional, to taste)

Blend kombucha and blueberries until smooth. (it may take several minutes to get the blueberry skins to blend completely. It is still enjoyable even if it’s not completely smooth, so don’t stress if your blender has trouble with this part!)


Add cooled simple syrup and stir to combine. Pour into two glasses, add optional ingredients if desired, enjoy!

STRAWBERRY-LIME-MINT (MAKES 2 SERVINGS)

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha (either homemade or store bought – remember, the longer ferment the better with GAPS)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 lime (slice the other half for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp mint simple syrup
  • Mint and lime wedge for garnish (optional)
  • Recommended liquor: Vodka (optional, to taste)

Blend kombucha and strawberries until a nice icy-blend consistency. Squeeze in juice of 1/2 lime and add mint simple syrup (add 1 tbsp at a time to taste). Stir with spoon to combine. Pour into two glasses, garnish and add liquor if desired, enjoy!

ORANGE-BASIL (MAKES 2 SERVINGS)

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha
  • Fresh juice from 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp basil simple syrup
  • Basil leaf and orange peel for garnish (optional)
  • Recommended liquor: Scotch (optional, to taste)

Combine kombucha, orange juice and basil simple syrup, pour into 2 glasses, top with garnish and add liquor if desired. Enjoy!

All drinks are delicious without liquor. Note: small amounts of liquor is legal on full-GAPS, so make it a rare treat if you add in your choice of liquor. Just remember, as long as you are sticking to the legal foods, eat/drink intentionally, thoroughly enjoy, and move on – no guilt with a boozy treat, even with GAPS!

Hollie Bigham
RN, BSN, FNTP, CGP

Blueberry-Rosemary Cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha either homemade or store bought – remember, the longer ferment the better with GAPS
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp rosemary simple syrup
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish optional
  • Recommended liquor: Gin optional, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Blend kombucha and blueberries until smooth. (it may take several minutes to get the blueberry skins to blend completely. It is still enjoyable even if it’s not completely smooth, so don’t stress if your blender has trouble with this part!)
  • Add cooled simple syrup and stir to combine. Pour into two glasses, add optional ingredients if desired, enjoy!

Strawberry-Lime-Mint

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha either homemade or store bought – remember, the longer ferment the better with GAPS
  • 3/4 – 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 lime slice the other half for garnish
  • 2 tbsp mint simple syrup
  • Mint and lime wedge for garnish optional
  • Recommended liquor: Vodka optional, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Blend kombucha and strawberries until a nice icy-blend consistency.
  • Squeeze in juice of 1/2 lime and add mint simple syrup (add 1 tbsp at a time to taste).
  • Stir with spoon to combine.
  • Pour into two glasses, garnish and add liquor if desired, enjoy!

Orange-Basil Cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups of unflavored kombucha
  • Fresh juice from 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp basil simple syrup
  • Basil leaf and orange peel for garnish optional
  • Recommended liquor: Scotch optional, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine kombucha, orange juice and basil simple syrup.
  • Pour into 2 glasses, top with garnish and add liquor if desired. Enjoy!
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