Probiotic Drink Recipes

Fermentation has been used as a way of preserving foods for centuries. Fermented foods are a natural source of probiotics. There are several reasons to add more probiotic foods to your diet. They can help to balance your gut flora, improve digestive health, and boost immunity. Fermented foods can be stored for long periods of time. You will save time by not having to buy expensive probiotic supplements. Making  your own fermented drinks is a great way to add more bacteria to your diet. This may sound intimidating.
Don’t worry. Its easy!. Here are a few probiotic drink recipes to get you started.

How to make whey

Whey is a common ingredient used in fermented drinks and food. I always try to have some on hand so it is ready to go when I need it for a recipe. It is very inexpensive and easy to make your own.

Homemade Whey


  • 32.OZ plain full fat yogurt
Equipment needed:
  • a fine mesh strainer
  • deep bowl
  • cheese cloth
  • a glass jar with a lid.
  1. Place the strainer on top of the bowl.
  2. Place the cheese cloth in the strainer.
  3. Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer.
  4. After a few minutes whey will start to separate and drip from the liner into the bowl. It will take a few hours for all the whey to drip through. The whey will be a yellow color.
  5. Pour the liquid into a glass jar. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

The leftover yogurt left on top will be a cream cheese consistency and can be use as such.


How to make water kefir soda

Water kefir is a great option if you are lactose intolerant or have glucose sensitivity. Most of the sugar will be fermented out of the final product. It is carbonated and will cost approx 70% less than commercial soda.

The easiest way to make a kefir starter is to use dehydrated kefir grains. I buy mine here. Despite the name they are actually bacteria and contain no actual grains. They are gelatinous in texture. Kefir grains will multiply so one package will last a long time.


Equipment needed:
  • I quart glass jar.
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • Cheesecloth or coffee filter to cover the jar.
  • 1 rubber band
  1. Dissolve the sugar in small amount of hot water.
  2. After the sugar dissolves, fill the rest of the jar with room temperature filtered water.
  3. Add the rest of the water and kefir grains.
  4. Cover with cheesecloth or coffee filter and rubber band,
  5. Leave on the counter at 70-75 degrees for 24-48 hours.
  6. After 48 hours, strain the kefir grains through or mesh strainer. Pour the liquid into a glass jar.
  7. Add to your mixture whatever fruit flavorings you like. Use about 1/4 a cup frozen or fresh fruit. You can also use 2 ounces of 100% fruit juice.
  8. Let mixture ferment a few more days on the counter until it tastes just right and is fizzy.
  9. Refrigerate mixture.


How to make fermented lemonade


This lemonade is simple and easy to make and it tastes great. You will use the whey that you made earlier for this one.

Equipment needed:
  • A 1 gallon glass jar
  • A wooden spoon for mixing
  • Juice from 2 pounds of lemons (1 lemon equals 2 tablespoons of juice)
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup whey (make sure it is at room temperature)
  • 3 quarts filtered water
  • A 1 gallon glass jar
  1. Pour the sugar into the glass jar. Add a small amount of warm water to the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add lemon juice and fill the jar about 3/4 full with filtered water.
  3. Add the whey.
  4. Cover tightly and let sit on the counter for 2-3 days. More sugar will be fermented out the longer it sits.
  5. After 2-3 days, store it in the refrigerator.
  6. Add a few drops stevia if desired.

How to make pineapple tepache


Pineapple tepache is a fermented drink from Mexico. It uses the rind of the pineapple that you would usually throw away and brown sugar. Here is how to make this festive probiotic drink:


Equipment needed:
  • A knife for cutting the pineapple
  • A towel, cheese cloth or a coffee filter
  • A rubber band
  • A 1 gallon glass jar
  • A wooden spoon for stirring
  • A mesh strainer


  • 8 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of organic brown sugar
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  1. Cut the crown off the pineapple and discard it. Wash the outside of the pineapple and peel the rind into strips. Cut up the fruit of the pineapple and refrigerate to use later.
  2. Mix the brown sugar and water in the glass jar until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the pineapple rind and cinnamon to the sugar water.
  4. Cover with a towel, cheesecloth or coffee filter, secure with a rubber band.
  5. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 3 days.
  6. A white cloudy film will form on top of the mixture as it ferments.
  7. Strain the solids from the liquid using a mesh strainer.
  8. Serve over ice or refrigerate until ready to use.



How to make apple kvass


Kvass is a fermented drink from Russia that traditionally made with rye bread.Kvass can also be made with fruit and vegetables as well. My favorite way to make it is with apples. You can substitute any fruit you like if apples aren’t your thing.

Equipment needed:

  • A large pot
  • A mesh strainer
  • A wooden spoon for stirring
  • A 1 gallon glass jar


  • 3 lb fresh apples, washed and cut into quarters
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh or organic lemon juice
  • 1 ginger root
  • 1 gallon of filtered water
  1. Combine apples, water, ginger and lemon juice. In a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and add sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down till it is slightly warm.
  4. Once the mixture cools down, add yeast to the pot and mix well until dissolved.
  5. Cover the pot and let it stand on the counter for 15 hours in the room temperature.
  6. Strain mixture through a mesh strainer and discard the apples.
  7. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.



Do you have a favorite probiotic drink recipe? Let me know in the comments below.

















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  1. Soraya says:

    Hi Lisa, I didn’t realise there were so many probiotic drinks we could make at home. I used to drink kefir every day, but I had the dairy grains version and as I’ve now given up all dairy, I don’t make it anymore. I knew about the water kefir but I don’t like the idea of adding sugar to the water so I haven’t ever tried it. That point has stopped me from exploring the water kefir grains. Do you have any advice on that? I’m gluten intolerant and mildly lactose intolerant so anything to help heal my gut would be great. Thanks for the great post.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Soraya,

      The interesting thing about any of these drinks is that they are actually low on the GI index despite the amount of sugar they contain. The bacteria feeds off the sugar and produces enzymes that break down the sucrose converting it into fructose and glucose. Fructose is digested by the liver and does not cause a spike in blood sugar  like sucrose does.

      A vegan yogurt is another option you might want to try. They are made with dairy alternatives such as  almond or coconut milk. Most of the commercial ones are gluten free. If you are not a vegetarian, bone broth would also be a good thing for you to try.

  2. Mei Scarlet says:

    Wow! That is super cool! I live in Thailand – and I am hooked on this fermented milk drink that I get from the stores – I really find it helps settle my stomach and digest better. But I was never aware that I could make my own drinks!! I would love to try some of these out when I move back home to Canada, soon. Thanks for the great post and ideas – I’m especially excited to try the kefir soda! 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Hi Mei.

      I am glad that you found this helpful. You also make your own milk kefir at home. Just make sure that you buy kefir grains that are labeled for milk instead of water. they are not interchangeable.

  3. Stacy says:

    Love your post on probiotics! I suffer from autoimmune digestive issues and am a huge kefir drinker. We are very fortunate to have access to raw milk where I live. I drink a gallon of kefir a week. I am excited to try both your fermented lemonade and apple kvas. My food options are very limited so it is great to have some new ideas.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Stacy,

      Thanks for stopping buy. I hope that you like the fermented lemonade and apple kvass recipes. The fermented lemonade is my personal favorite.

  4. oh this is just such a valuable article Lisa! Thank you so much!

    I have been reading about the great health benefits of taking probiotic drinks but given the price of ready made ones have been putting it off. But now that I have recipes that I can try out myself I’m going to bookmark this page and get trying. Can’t wait!

    1. admin says:

      Hi SJ,

      Making your own probiotic drinks will definitely save you money. Let me know which one is your favorite.

  5. Yeah, I really need to try these. I hate being such a picky eater. The downside being I don’t like most probiotic foods. So thanks for these . I’m pinning your page to my desktop now.

  6. Hi CT,
    I hope some of these drinks work out for you. Let me know which ones you tried.

  7. John says:

    Hi there, my favorite Iis the pineapple tapache.i have not tried it before, but it looks like what I will be trying out soo because of my love for pineapples. The recipe is within my reach so why not give it a trial. I will write a feedback on what it tastes like after trying to make it on my own. Thabks

    1. admin says:

      Hi John,

      I hope that you like this recipe. Let me know how it works out for you.

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