Grapefruit Rosemary Kombucha |

Grapefruit and rosemary may seem like a strange duo, but the two go together like matching bookends. Like Kenan & Kel. Bevis and Butthead. Rhianna and Eminem (just go with it).  While I was writing Delicious Probiotic Drinks, I learned that the ULTIMATE way of getting a consistently bubbly and perfectly tasty probiotic drink was through adding fresh fruit (including the pulp) combined with herbs after the first fermentation was complete.

After brewing countless gallons of beverages, my number one brewer’s trick is this: add fresh fruit (perhaps some herbage?) and additional sugar prior to bottling your drink for secondary fermentation. Badabingbadaboom fizzalizz chingchangwallawallabingbang. For reals. Signed, sealed, delivered, this is your key to probiotic bliss. If you’re new to brewing, lock those words away in your memory bank until you’re ready to use them for your home-brewed elixirs. Also remember these words: Blackberry-Sage, Blueberry-Basil, Lemon-Lavender, and Grapefruit-Rosemary. Insaaaaaaaaaaaanity! Do them.

If you’ve never made Kombucha, read my post on How to Make Homemade Kombucha!

Do you love a flavored kombucha? Head over to Oh My Veggies for my Grapefruit Rosemary Kombucha recipe.

Sneak Peeks and Giveaways

You can find some of the recipes from my book and enter giveaways to win a copy at the following blogs (check back here over the next month, as bloggers will continue to post recipes, reviews, and giveaways):

Oh My Veggies – Delicious Probiotic Drinks Giveaway

Seaweed & Sassafras –  Raspberry Pina Colada Smoothie

Making Thyme for Health – Banana Cream Pie Yogurt and a Giveaway

Climbing Grier Mountain – Homemade Mojito Yogurt plus Probiotic Drinks Cookbook Giveaway

Eat Your Heart Out – Blueberry Mango Smoothie

Kitchen Confidante – Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie

Boulder Locavore – Raspberry Pina Colada Smoothie and a New Cookbook Giveaway

Coffee & Quinoa – Mocha Yogurt and a Cookbook Giveaway

Also enter my giveaway if you haven’t already!

I have no clue how to express my gratitude towards the bloggers who have been helping me get the word out about my cookbook.  Other than to say, THANK YOU and in the words of Olivia Newton John, I love you. I honestly love you.

You can also pick up a copy from or Barnes and Noble.


Gut health is a real thing. We are the result of what we put into our bodies. And the effect of the things we consume goes beyond physique or body chemistry. Our inputs determine so much of our outputs (TMI? Whateves.), including our overall well-being, emotional, and mental health. Having been blessed with a healthy gut, I feel like I’m speaking out of turn when I talk about gut health, so I figured I would share some resources I have found over the last few months.

NPR Gut Bacteria Might Guide the Workings of Our Minds

Harvard Medical School The Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics

Huffington Post Kombucha and Kefirs: Hype or Healthy?

Radiolab Podcast on Guts 

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. Love this flavor combination. I’ve been enjoying kefir lately. It’s delicious. Heading over to take a look.

  2. Kombucha seems a little intimidating to me but after conquering yogurt (thanks to you!) I think it will be my next venture. The combo of grapefruit and rosemary sounds amazing! Posting your cookbook review this week 🙂

  3. Yup – I would by this kombucha if you tried to sell it to me! I couldn’t think of another word to describe it other than ” Badabingbadaboom fizzalizz chingchangwallawallabingbang” 🙂

  4. I can’t thank you enough for including me in promoting your book! You did such a great job explaining everything. I’m so excited to get brewing as soon as we get back from our honeymoon and I’ll keep that finishing touch in mind for some extra fizzalizz. Ugh, Blueberry-basil and a chair in the sun is calling my name right now!!

  5. I have never tried Kombucha.. (Crazy I know) I love the flavors in this drink. Congrats on your book. I’ve seen some amazing recipes posted as part of the reviews and just ordered a copy. can’t wait!!

  6. I feel like I have learned SO MUCH from your book and yet I’ve only really skimmed the surface so far! So excited every time i have a spare minute to dive back in.

  7. Yum, blueberry and basil is one of my favorite combos but I havent trued grapefruit and rosemary – I’ll have to give it a go 🙂

  8. Must. Have. This. Drank.

    I’m making a recipe from your book tomorrow — squee! Can’t wait. 🙂

  9. You don’t have to tell me twice to roll with the grapefruit and herbage! I’m in like a slap bracelet in the 90s. (Sorry, brain is tired..that was the best analogy I could come up with!)

  10. Julia, I think you have changed me, seriously. Your book has (already) taught me so much…and now I need to buy extra grapefruit this week 🙂

    1. Wahooooo!!! I’m so happy to hear you’re amped up and inspired to make kombucha! You will seriously love it! 🙂

    1. So glad to hear it, Dixya! It’s definitely an acquired taste, but it’s so tasty once you get used to it, and a blast to make!

  11. Love this, Julia, and congratulations on your book! I am using this same combination of flavors today in my marinated feta!

  12. I squaled with glee at your Kenan & Kel reference, ZOMG! Im a huge fan of juices and herbs in drink.. Looks delicious!

  13. This sounds like such an interesting recipe! I would’ve never thought to add rosemary to a kombucha recipe but now that I’ve seen it done it looks like something I’m going to have to try! thank you so much for sharing!