Get Tipsy on Kombucha Cocktails at These 9 Bars

June 26, 2015

Where to drink booze-spiked fermented tea.

Like kale, kombucha has hit maximum mainstream. Funky-hued bottles of the probiotic fermented tea line shelves at Whole Foods and even fine dining restaurants are getting into the game of making custom blends.

But what, exactly, is kombucha? The bubbly beverage begins with a mother starter known as “scoby,” which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Similar to the way a bread starter feeds off flour, kombucha culture needs nutrients to survive, such as nitrogen, tannins and polyphenols. Sugar, too. Many of these compounds occur naturally in  camellia sinensis, the tea…