“Apple” Cider Water Kefir

Alright. First of all, I know the quotes around “apple” probably look a little suspicious. They’re there because this beverage tastes like apple cider, but there are no apples involved. 

Water kefir is a great probiotic drink that keeps your insides alive and healthy. Plus it has a nice fizz 🙂

When brewing water kefir, you “feed” the grains sugar and let them set awhile, during the first ferment.

Then, you drain out the liquid and use that in the second ferment which is where flavoring comes in.

This recipe originated as my attempt at a “ginger snap” flavor, motivated by my seeing a ginger snap flavored milkshake advertisement. The flavor tasted like apple cider, instead, which was appropriate since I created in the fall. (And, hey, it’s still technically winter so, enjoy!) So now, I’ve omitted the ginger.

I really love this because it has the delicious flavor of hot cider, without the worry about burning your tongue. And, of course, it’s probiotic!


  • Water kefir (post first-ferment)
  • Molasses
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Nutmeg

When you’re ready to second-ferment, drizzle in the molasses (it’s a sloooowww pour this time of year).

Let it ferment, and only add the seasonings (amount at your discretion) when you’re ready to drink. Otherwise, it’ll taste bitter.

Enjoy 🙂 

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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