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Kimchi Brine Michelada

KIMCHI, DrinksAlana Holloway
Kimchi Brine Michelada

This gut healthy cocktail couldn’t be easier to make and is the perfect thing to enjoy when the sun is shining and food flowing. Now I very rarely drink alcohol but if there’s one thing I love in the Summer, it’s a cold beer. This Michelada is what I imagine the love child of a Bloody Mary and shandy would be like, with a hint of the salty citrus kick you get when shooting tequila… as an ode to your youth! Give it a go, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Serves 2

150ml Kimchi brine
300ml ice cold lager
400ml ice cold ginger or original Kombucha
Juice 1 lime

Optional: a few drops of tobasco


  • Empty the a jar of Kimchi into a sieve and press to squeeze all the brine out into a 1L jug using the back of a spoon.

  • Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine

  • Wet the rim of two glasses with a wedge of lime before lightly coating with sea salt (do this by dipping the rim into a plate of sea salt)

  • Pour the cocktail into the glasses and put your feet up before sipping… you deserve it!

Carrot + Cauli Kefir Smoothie

KEFIR, DrinksAlana Holloway
Carrot + Cauliflower Kefir SmoothieJPG

Yes, you read that right... cauliflower in a smoothie!! Despite what you may be thinking, you can't taste it at all.  It makes your smoothie thick and creamy, a la all the smoothie bowls you see on Instagram.  I've tried making it both with the Red Grapefruit + Rosemary Kefir and the Pear + Ginger Kefir; both work beautifully.

Serves 1-2

3 small florets cauliflower (cooked and frozen)
5 walnut sized chunks carrot (cooked and frozen)
1 underripe/green banana (a great prebiotic source)
500ml water kefir – both Red Grapefruit + Rosemary and Pear + Ginger work really well

Optional: 1 scoop collagen powder


- When you have a spare 5 minutes, steam some chopped cauliflower and carrots, before allowing to cool and then freezing.  I do this with all sorts of vegetables, meaning I have a lovely array of smoothie fillings to hand.  Broccoli and beetroot work perfectly, as do spinach and peas (although I don’t steam these).

- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  It’s that easy!!

Kefir Chia Fresca

Drinks, KEFIRAlana Holloway

Hands up... who's taken on Dry January?  If you've stuck with it so far, congratulations, keep going strong!  You may be looking for something to give you that extra boost and I think I have just the thing.  This delicious drink has the skin loving Omega benefits from chia, which will also keep you well hydrated and your digestion moving freely.  The probiotics from the kefir are just an added bonus!

Serves 1

250ml Pomegranate + Thyme Kefir
1tbsp chia seeds
Thyme to garnish (optional)

- In a glass, whisk the kefir and chia together with a fork.  
- Leave for an hour or so (or better, overnight) whisking a few more times throughout to ensure the chia are well distributed.  The chia will soak up most of the kefir and you'll be left with something between a snack and a drink.

Top tip: Make this the 'night before' and enjoy during the next day's afternoon slump.