If you haven’t been reading our blog since the good ol’ days, you may not know we are Krazy for Kombucha. Kombucha, a fermented tea, provides a boost of B vitamins, probiotics to help your tummy, and is rumored to have detoxing and immunity boosting powers. We tend to go for kombucha when when we have have the digestive downers and are known as kombucha pushers on our friends with colds.
Now that has been cleared up, we have to tell you about a new Kombucha we are loving, Tonica Kombucha. Tonica comes from our neighbor to the north, Oh Canada. You may know Canada as the land of yummy things like poutine, ketchup fries, and Makintosh toffee. Now you can also equate it to something healthy!
Tonica Kombucha was started by Zoey Shamai who, in our opinion, is sort of an Emma Stone doppelganger as well as (more notably) a traveling yoga teacher and home kombucha brewer. Once she started sharing her home brew, her Canadian crew went crazy too so she expanded into a business. Her Toronto based Kombrewery pumps out 8 different fuzzy flavors of Kombucha: Ginger Rapture, Green Tea Revival, Nude Brew, Peach Resolution, Mango Passion, Coffee, Vibrant Blueberry and Jasmine Tea.
We were given samples of Jasmine Tea, Coffee and Peach Resolution to try and review.
We were a quite curious to see how this kombucha would taste. The coffee kombucha had a bubbly texture and light coffee flavor. It also provided a decent boost of energy that could replace a moderated coffee drinker’s caffeine needs. It had a balance of sweet without being overpowering.
Most of us know that tea is a go to health drink as it has super anti-oxidants and Jasmine tea happens to be a star in the tea world. The Tonica Jasmine tea has a fresh floral flavor along with the fizz and a sweet fragrant balance. Jasmine tea also has caffeine (surprise) so you can sub it in for a detoxifying morning jolt!
If you have a resolution to lose weight or kick a sugary drink habit, try this inspired flavor. Peach resolution has only 30 calories, 4g of sugar and a mix of fermented organic green and black tea, rooibos, which are great for metabolism boosting and halting hunger. It surprises your palate with blackberry leaves, ginger pieces, calendula petals and organic peach extract as well.
Tonica is only 45 calories for 1 bottle with natural carbonation. It’s 100% raw and certified organic. It’s also full of healthy bouncing baby bacteria, the kinds you need to keep a balanced body PH. Tonica can be purchased in ‘Merica at Whole Foods.
FINAL FIZZ THOUGHTS:
One kind tip for 1st time kombucha drinkers: Tonica, like most kombuchas, is a fizzy party. Unless you want to shower in kombucha, DO NOT shake the bottle and for extra precaution, open over a sink so all your delicious kombucha doesn’t escape. Ready to taste Tonica? 6 flavors are available at our Chicago area Whole Foods or you can check to Tonica locator here!