Holiday Joy in a Glass: Sparkling Spiced Apple Kombucha
With visions of holiday evenings dancing in your head, the quest for the perfect beverage calls to you. For some, that means forgoing alcohol to keep clear-headed and bright-eyed the next day. For others, a dose of some warming merriment is just the ticket. Enter this best-of-both-worlds winter spirit: Sparkling Spiced Apple Kombucha. Served over ice, this beverage—mock or spiked—will provide festive fizz to any occasion.
SPARKLING SPICED APPLE KOMBUCHA
RECIPE BY BROOKE LUNDMARK FOR GREENHOUSE SERVES 4
• 1 cup Ontario Apple Cider
• 2 cups Ginger Turmeric Kombucha
• 2 tsp cinnamon, plus an extra sprinkle on top
• Fresh cranberries and rosemary for garnish
• Optional: Add a shot of bourbon to each glass to take it up a notch
1 Set aside four small cocktail
glasses filled with ice.
2 In a pitcher, combine Ontario Apple Cider, Ginger Turmeric Kombucha, and cinnamon.
3 Gently stir to mix the cinna
mon well throughout.
4 Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish with sprigs of rosemary and cranberries. Add a dash of cinnamon to each drink just before serving. Cheers!
Greenhouse is a Canadian organic beverage company that’s making it easier to get your daily dose of healthy greens. With a wide range of cold-pressed juices, plantmilks, lemonades, kombuchas, and more, all packaged in sustainable glass bottles, Greenhouse ensures healthy products of the highest quality. Drinking a big bottle of fruits and vegetables is an easy and efficient way to soak up nutritious, plant-based energy. Much of the produce used in Greenhouse juices is purchased directly from local organic farms.
They also prioritize “seconds,” the often overlooked, imperfect fruits and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste. By repurposing these misshapen treasures, Greenhouse not only curbs food waste but also contributes to the growth of new crops by returning the fibrous byproducts of their juices to local farms as nutrient-rich compost. Additionally, the ginger pulp is upcycled into tea used in other products, and other vegetable pulps are upcycled into readyto-eat food bowls.
Studies have also shown that chemicals used in plastic bottles (even the safest ones) can break down and filter into whatever liquid is being carried—especially when the bottle is exposed to heat or sunlight. That’s why Greenhouse chooses to bottle their delicious drinks in sustainable glass bottles over plastic ones and use 99.9 per cent plastic-free packaging, caps made from aluminum, and labels made from postconsumer waste.
When producing drinks filled with healthy greens, as Greenhouse does, it makes sense to package them in the healthiest way possible.
In the spirit of community and generosity, Greenhouse has furthered their commitment to supporting local food banks and food rescue organizations. Last year, in celebration of their eighth birthday, they made a commitment to donate $100,000 worth of beverages to local food banks—and they went above and beyond, with staff also donating their time by volunteering at Parkdale Foodbank.
By the end of 2022, Greenhouse donated $250,000, more than doubling their goal, contributing an equivalent to nearly 30,000 bottles of their organic beverages. Beneficiaries included renowned organizations such as Second Harvest, Richmond Food Bank Society, Food Stash Foundation, Parkdale Community Food Bank, and Vancouver Food Runners.
“The rising cost of food— particularly of fresh food like fruits and vegetables—has increased food insecurity and put immense pressure on organizations like these,” Greenhouse shared on their blog. “We are thankful for their hard work in rescuing food and providing nutritious meals to the 4.4 million Canadians (one in eight households) who are food insecure.”
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