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Mocktail for Adults and Kids Alike!

How to make wonderful mocktail kids and adults can alike at the same time.

Author:Karan Emery
Reviewer:Daniel James
Oct 03, 2023
One evening at a restaurant, my kids watched closely as I searched the cocktail list enthusiastically, searching for something nice and bubbly to drink. It wasn't long before one of them piped up and asked why at dinner they also couldn't enjoy an interesting drink!
I realized that a craft-inspired kombucha mocktail might be just the ticket that would please adults and children alike, being a fan of fermented foods! Sparkling, sweet, healthy intestines, and fun! Bright and effervescent Jun is present in the following recipes. Like kombucha, Jun is fermented with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), but instead of black tea and sugar, it is made with green tea and raw honey.
It is rich in vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, live enzymes, and the initial energy drink, electrolytes! It's a lovely beverage to drink before or after a big meal for those who suffer from indigestion. Poured over ice and finished with a fresh garnish, even the most cynical critic will win these gut-healthy tonics over!

Original Green Tea Jun

5 green tea bags
3 c filtered water
2 c raw honey
¼ cup Jun starter
  • In a large saucepan, bring water to 165°F without allowing it to boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags, allowing to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags, stir in honey, and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  • Add starter and place SCOBY on top. Cover with a clean tea towel, using a rubber band to secure it in place, and let sit on the counter until fermented. In warm weather, ferment 5 days. In cold weather, wait 7 days.
  • Move to the fridge to slow down the fermentation process, keeping in mind that the shorter the ferment, the sweeter the Jun!
For flavored Jun or more bubbles and pep:
After the first ferment, add your flavor of choice (like fresh herbs or berries) and secure the lid on your vessel. Let sit for 3–4 more days at room temperature.
Not-So-Plain Jun To raise your already-appetizing Jun to the level of fancy- flavored refreshment, try these delectable additions and make a tasty toast to this versatile tea bevvie!
Blushing Peach Jun
This peachy-keen mocktail makes any weekday feel like a celebration!
1 cup Jun
1 tsp honey, plus more for garnish
½ lime
2 peaches
Mint, for garnish
Pour all ingredients except ice and garnish into a blender and mix well. Strain, pour over ice, and garnish with honey, mint, and a peach slice if desired

Pineapple & Basil Smash

Let your kids burn some afternoon energy by muddling to their hearts’ content!
1 cup Jun
2 tsp honey
½ lime, squeezed
3–4 basil leaves
¼ c pineapple juice
Muddle basil with 1 tbsp. of Jun. Combine with ingredients and serve over crushed ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a pineapple wedge.

Berry Cherry Jun

Bubbles, berries, pre-and probiotics, this mocktail has got it all!
½ cup berry-infused Jun
½ cup cherry juice
2 tsp honey
Dash of cinnamon
Rosemary spring and frozen berries, for garnish
Combine ingredients and pour over ice. Serve garnished with rosemary and frozen berries.
NOTE: Fermented foods should never be heated up to boiling, nor should they be frozen into popsicles. The extreme temperature will damage the beneficial properties. Enzymes and probiotics will denature, making the drink (or any ferment for that matter) less than what it ought to be.
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Karan Emery

Karan Emery

Karan Emery, an accomplished researcher and leader in health sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, brings over two decades of experience to the table. Holding a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Stanford University, Karan's credentials underscore her authority in the field. With a track record of groundbreaking research and numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, Karan's expertise is widely recognized in the scientific community. Her writing style is characterized by its clarity and meticulous attention to detail, making complex scientific concepts accessible to a broad audience. Apart from her professional endeavors, Karan enjoys cooking, learning about different cultures and languages, watching documentaries, and visiting historical landmarks. Committed to advancing knowledge and improving health outcomes, Karan Emery continues to make significant contributions to the fields of health, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Daniel James

Daniel James

Daniel James is a distinguished gerontologist, author, and professional coach known for his expertise in health and aging. With degrees from Georgia Tech and UCLA, including a diploma in gerontology from the University of Boston, Daniel brings over 15 years of experience to his work. His credentials also include a Professional Coaching Certification, enhancing his credibility in personal development and well-being. In his free time, Daniel is an avid runner and tennis player, passionate about fitness, wellness, and staying active. His commitment to improving lives through health education and coaching reflects his passion and dedication in both professional and personal endeavors.
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