Kombucha, the thousand year old fermented beverage is making a comeback as the new health drink of today. My first encounter with kombucha was nearly two years ago where the nicely decorated bottle held the slightly sour, fizzy, fermented beverage. Now it wasn’t the bottle or the “health claims” that drew me but rather the chia seeds that were so perfectly immersed into the cooled beverage.
Those little slimy chia seeds took me back to my childhood where one of my fondest memories of any beverage I consumed, next to Tang of course (mom where you trying to kill us with all of that sugar?) was Orbitz. Does anyone remember Orbitz? Anyone? Apparently my sister and I were the only two on the face of the Earth who drank the weird stuff.
If you don’t remember Orbitz it was a non-carbonated, fruit-flavored beverage that had small edible balls floating in it. Weird I know, and probably disgusting to many of you, hence why it is not longer made. But seriously, that texture was one of my favorite things. It was slightly strange but yet so addicting. The kombucha that sat on the grocery store shelf with little balls of chia seeds floating in it took me back to the Orbitz days and was calling my name. And thus where my kombucha journey began. …