Apple-Cinnamon Kombucha


When I first began doing a second fermentation with kombucha we used store-bought juice. It was delicious, bubbly, and faintly sweet from the fruit juice.

In recent years, however, I’ve been turning to whole fruits instead for the 2nd fermentation. It is less expensive, more accessible, and simple when you just use whatever fruit you happen to have lying around.

This apple-cinnamon flavored kombucha is reminiscent of sparkling apple cider. While you can use apple juice or cider, I love the fresh chunks of apple bubbling away as the kombucha ferments.

Try this poured over ice for an incredibly refreshing summer drink.


  • 1/4 medium (sweet) apple, diced small or 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon chips (purchased, or from a broken cinnamon stick)
  • Enough kombucha to fill your 16-ounce vessel.


  1. Add the apple or juice and cinnamon chips to your pint-size vessel.
  2. Fill with kombucha, leaving about 1/2 inch of headspace, depending on the shape of the container.
  3. Cap tightly and allow to culture 2 to 7 days, depending on temperature, or until kombucha is carbonated to your liking.
  4. Move bottles to cold storage. If refrigeration is not available, consume soon after.
  5. When you are ready to drink it, open carefully, without shaking, to avoid spilling the bubbly kombucha over the top of the bottle.
  6. Pour through a strainer into a glass to remove apple chunks and cinnamon chips.


Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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  1. Jennifer says

    This sounds wonderful! I don’t make kombucha, but I want to try this with water kefir.

    I’m really enjoying all of your blog posts. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and helps.

  2. Nina says

    Add us to the list of “we are trying this one”! My husband really enjoys the Strawberry but anything that has apples/cinnamon in it is a friend of his. This really sounds wonderful. Thank you so much. Headed to kitchen now. :-)

    • says

      Carol – I have tried mostly the sweeter apples such as gala, fuji, red delicious, etc. The sugars in these apples help with the carbonation while the apple gives its flavor to the kombucha.

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