This Boozy Grape Kombucha Kool-Aid is fizzy, sweet and a little tangy and packed with amazing grape and fruit flavors. It reminds me of effervescent, unusual Aquarians – the trendsetters of the Zodiac!
Welcome back to my Zodiac Cocktail series! I am so so so very excited to bring this drink to you today for Aquarius because I am one! 🙂
At the start of this year, I decided I wanted to create a cocktail series centered around one of my favorite subjects: astrology. This series would consist of 12 unique cocktails, handcrafted by yours truly to represent each zodiac sign based on their traits, personality, cravings, and needs. We kicked it off earlier this month with Capricorn’s Cranberry Thyme Vodka Lemonade, but we are now entering Aquarius season which calls for a new cocktail recipe!
Aquarians are known for being different, off the cuff, and unpredictable. Ruled by Uranus, this fixed air sign (yep, that’s right; Aquarians are not water signs!!) is unique, bordering on brilliant, inventive, progressive and eclectic. Aquarians love to think outside of the box, innovating new things (often based in technology) and rebel against the status quo. (Hence why this Aquarian has been fired from most of my jobs!). Aquarians are the world’s humanitarians, often fighting for human rights and social justice. We challenge authority, break rules, and are disturbed when we are told what to do or confined to any certain thing. Often mistaken as emotionless or lacking empathy, we do this so we can see the world clearly without emotional attachment to the issues we must fight and problems we must solve.
Aquarius is a fixed sign, which means we can be stubborn, persistent, and concentrated. Aquarians represent the mind, and we are always trying to come up with new ideas. However, because we’re a fixed sign, once we’ve made up our mind, we’re usually hard-pressed to budge on the issue at hand. However, we make great friends with anyone from every walk of life. Aquarians are the life of the party, always mingling with everyone, from the hostess to the butcher to the janitor. In fact, my Taurean mom and Capricorn sister don’t understand why I feel like I have to be chatty with everyone I come across… it’s just another Aquarian quirk I guess 🙂
Typically, Aquarians are: loyal friends, engaging conversationalists, thoughtful, creative, inventive, independent thinkers who are deeply interested in humanity and political reform. When Aquarians are “bad”, though, we can be elitist, unwilling to budge on our ideas or opinions, eccentric to the point of being weird, bordering on creepy, overly preoccupied with obsessions and weird curiosities, tactless and emotionless, unpredictable, sometimes perverse, and a little too rebellious (such as getting fired from their job for challenging authority).
When it comes to food, Aquarians are likely to try the latest cutting-edge food craze, or even foods from the past that they feel needed a revival. Much like myself, who dresses in vintage garb, Aquarians do like to take inspiration from the past… but don’t expect us to adhere to those antiquated rules. Aquarians are also scientists at heart; it isn’t uncommon for one to go into a strange kitchen with a mixture of bizarre ingredients and create a miniature food masterpiece.
Foods associated with Aquarians are potatoes, parsley, lemon, vinegar, wild rice, blueberries, and grapes, to name a few. Aquarians are associated with the circulatory system, a network in the body consisting of blood, blood vessels, and the heart. This network supplies tissues in the body with amino acids and oxygen, and also helps remove waste. Grapes – particularly Concord grapes – are shown to help aid the cardiovascular and circulatory systems by helping relieve high blood pressure and promotes healthy blood flow – ideal for Aquarians!
When I was coming up with a recipe for Aquarius, I knew it had to be something interesting, unique, and unexpected. Kombucha is all the rage right now – you can even find it at Walmart and some gas stations! – but Aquarians usually eschew from trends… however, because kombucha has that vinegar-y flavor associated with Aquarius, and because using kombucha is unexpected in a cocktail, I knew this pairing would be one I think most Aquarians would find irresistible.
Normally, I’m not a big kombucha fan, but this cocktail is a great intro to it if it’s still unfamiliar with your palate. It has just a hint of sparkling fizz and a slightly tart tangy-ness from the kombucha, combined with a homemade Concord grape syrup, vodka, blue curacao and a little grenadine. And if you thought blue was Aquarius’ color, it is one of them… but purple – specifically violet – is one of our colors as well. See? You think you know us, but we like to keep everyone else on their toes.
If you don’t like grape very much, try making this with blueberry! Simply use blueberry juice for the syrup, and blueberry kombucha! You can also experiment with different flavors of kombucha for the float: I think ginger, lemon, cranberry, or cherry would be particularly delicious!
It’s sweet, lightly fizzy, tangy and fruity with that hint of vinegar that offsets some of the sweet fruit flavor. Even if you think you may not enjoy grape flavors or kombucha, give it a try – it may surprise you, just like your fave Aqua.
- 1 ounce Concord grape syrup (recipe follows)
- 2 ounces vodka or rum
- 2 ounces blue curacao
- 1-1.5 ounces grenadine
- Grape kombucha to float (I like Divine Grape)
- FOR CONCORD GRAPE SYRUP:
- 1 cup Concord grape juice
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- To make the Concord grape syrup: in a small saucepan, add in the grape juice, sugar, and water. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving.
- To a cocktail shaker or tall glass, add in the Concord grape syrup, vodka, blue curacao, and grenadine. Add ice to shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds until cold and combined. Pour over fresh ice in a glass. Top with a kombucha float. Makes one serving.
- NOTE: You can also use different flavored kombuchas to make this drink! Try experimenting with blueberry, ginger, lemon, or another berry flavor.
I just adore this easy and funky cocktail, and I hope you’ll give it a try!
Have a super sweet day!