Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria

Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria

Summertime is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining. The warm, beautiful summer days and nights are a fantastic time for you to invite family and friends over for a backyard barbecue, relaxing day lounging at the pool, or a night spent dining under the stars.

 

Enjoying a cocktail, wine, or beer is a normal part of entertaining. I like to indulge in the occasional alcoholic beverage but I also want to make sure that what I drink won’t slow down the progress I’ve made leading a healthier lifestyle. That’s why I like making drinks with benefits. My drinks with benefits have antioxidants, probiotics, enzymes, and phytochemicals that will help protect against some of  the effects alcohol has on the body.

 

I’m sharing my delicious superfoods recipe for berry coconut kefir sangria to give you a healthier drink option that’s perfect for entertaining. My recipe combines antioxidant-rich red wine and berries with probiotic-rich coconut water kefir for a delicious drink that won’t have you feeling guilty afterwards.

 

Sangria is a very popular wine punch that is usually made with wine sweetened with fresh fruit and a sweetener. The fruit is marinated in the wine so that it infuses the wine with its sweet flavor. Brandy and sparkling beverages are sometimes added for a tasty variation on the basic recipe. Sangria is popular in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Chile.

 

Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir is a healing beverage rich in beneficial bacteria, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Young Thai coconut water is fermented with kefir bacteria cultures to form a bubbly, tangy drink that will help heal your digestive system.

 

Recipe for Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir is easy to make if you have access to young Thai coconuts. To make it yourself you need 4 cups of coconut water from 3 to 4 fresh young coconuts, either 3 tablespoons of  live water kefir grains, or 1 packet of kefir starter, and a 1-quart sterilized glass jar with a lid.

If using the kefir grains just use room temperature coconut water.  If using the kefir starter bring the coconut water to 92˚ F  temperature and pour it into the glass jar. Don’t heat past this temperature or it will kill your live bacteria. If you don’t have a thermometer you can use room temperature coconut water. I have made the coconut water kefir with room temperature coconut water and  the kefir starter and it came out fine. You can decide what will work for you.

Add in the kefir grains or stir the kefir starter into the coconut water with a large spoon and cover loosely with the lid. Let coconut water kefir set at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Coconut water kefir is ready when it turns milky white, bubbly, and tastes tangy. If you are using the water kefir grains, you need to strain them out of the coconut kefir and store in sugar water made with ¼ cup of organic sugar and 1 quart of pure spring water until you’re ready to make another batch of kefir.  I usually just use the kefir grains to make another batch of coconut water kefir right away. If you don’t want to do this, the water kefir grains can stay in the refrigerator for several weeks in the sugar water. If using the kefir starter, you can remove ¼ cup of the coconut kefir and add to another 4 cups of coconut water to make a new batch.

If you don’t have access to young coconut water or don’t want to make your own coconut kefir, you can try commercial coconut kefir.

 

Red Wine

Red wine is rich in resveratrol a powerful polyphenol and potent antioxidant that is renowned for its ability to support a healthy heart and slow down the aging process.

 

Berries

Blueberries and strawberries are two of my favorite superfood fruits. These two fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, biotin, iron, and fiber which all work together to protect your body from free radicals and toxins that contribute to aging and disease.

 

The next time you get ready to throw a summer party, make sure you make a batch of my berry coconut kefir sangria so you can enjoy all the benefits this delectable drink offers.

 

What’s your favorite  drink to serve at parties? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

Share this recipe with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!

 

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Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria

Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 cup organic strawberries

1 cup wild or organic blueberries

1 bottle (750 ml) red wine (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, or Shiraz are good choices)

⅓ cup coconut sugar or liquid stevia to taste

2 cups homemade coconut kefir or 1 bottle of coconut kefir (use the berry kefir flavor if using a commercial brand)

1 cup of fresh strawberries for garnish

 

1. Rinse strawberries and blueberries, drain and gently pat dry. Set aside.

2. Open red wine, pour into a glass pitcher, and stir in the coconut sugar or stevia. Add strawberries and blueberries and stir to combine.

3. Place sangria covered in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight to allow the berries to infuse the wine.

4. When ready to serve, stir in the coconut kefir and the remaining cup of strawberries and enjoy!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Shelley,
    what a yummy sounding recipe.
    It seems perfect for a warm summer’s night party!
    Coconut kefir would make a great alternative to using milk!
    Our summer is in January/February, so I will bookmark this post!

    Thank you for sharing the recipe and the great information!
    To Health!
    Yorinda
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    • Thanks Yorinda! This is one of my favorite drinks to serve at parties and the coconut kefir really adds some fantastic nutrients to the recipe. You can enjoy this recipe any time of the year but the summer is when I really enjoy drinking lighter drinks. To health.
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  2. This is surely a delightful recipe Shelley! I shall try it some day.
    Loved your pictures!
    Have a great day !
    Regards, Sonia

  3. Lynn Jones
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    Yum Yum! Your recipe includes so many of my favorite things….red wine, berries, coconut…the coconut kefir is not something I am familiar with. I will keep my eyes open for it. We don’t do too much entertaining, but this is one recipe I would love to try.
    Thank you dear,
    Lynn
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    • Thanks Lynn! Coconut Kefir is such a tasty and healing fermented beverage to drink on a regular basis to keep your digestive system healthy. If you don’t have time to make my recipe, buy one of the commercial brands I mentioned. You can also substitute a berry kombucha tea if you have access to it at your local stores. I’ve made the recipe with both kefir and kombucha tea and I like it both ways.
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  4. Another great sounding recipe!! I haven’t used Kefir before, have started thinking about it a while back, just never got to it.. This sounds like a great summer recipe and now it motivates me to get on the kefir experiment and try it.. I may also use the kombucha tea, just to try some variety!! BY the way my son loves the post exercise recovery drink you shared a little while back!!
    Holly recently posted..You Can Lengthen Your Health Span Part 8My Profile

  5. Coconut Kefir is a delicious, naturally occurring probiotic drink made from fermented coconut water. Much like it’s relative Milk Kefir, it is derived using a similar method. Learning how to make coconut kefir is simple: Add Water Kefir Grains to Coconut water and let sit at room temperature and that’s basically it!! When special water kefir grains (called grains due to their grain-like appearance) are placed in the water and left to rest for a period of time, the grains will eat all the sugar and miraculously transform the liquid into a bubbly elixir filled with loads of healthful probiotics! These particular grains contain a unique symbiotic community of natural bacteria and yeasts, which are able to ferment natural sugars and multiply, creating this delicious probiotic-rich beverage. Real Coconut Kefir is literally ALIVE with nutrition!
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  6. Jill Swanson says:

    Hi! I saw this posted on Nourished Kitchen’s facebook page and would love to try it! We are new to water kefir and about every 8th batch is sufficiently fizzy for my taste, but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon! I make just water kefir, I assume that would work just as well as coconut water kefir for this recipe? Thanks for sharing, I’ll comment how it goes when I try it!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Jill, welcome to my site! Water kefir would work in this recipe also. I would recommend you infuse the water kefir with fresh fruit to add more fruit flavor to the Sangria. I look forward to hearing how it turns out.
      Shelley Alexander recently posted..Smoky Orange HummusMy Profile

  7. Hi Shelley, this cocktail that you have suggested here on your site, the Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria looks sooo delicious. I love berries. I can see my self trying this recipe out.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jimmie
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  8. Anyway, we’ve been having fun getting creative in the kitchen with living foods. Many people think that live, living, or raw foods means fruits and vegetables. It does, but it also includes the wide assortment of living, cultured foods. These foods are actually ALIVE, consisting of millions of probiotics (good bacteria) that help you digest better, fight off disease and infection, and taste incredible! It is said that every geographic culture has a native culinary culture or fermented food dating back millenia, serving as a method of preserving food for the winter months and enriching the health of their peoples: Korea’s national dish is kimchi; Germany and many eastern European countries have the traditional sauerkraut; much of the Middle East uses yogurt and kefir; many Indian dishes include paneer (vegetarian farmer’s cheese) and dahi (yogurt sauce); Sangria is a fermented fruit and wine drink used in Spain; China, Japan, and Russia are all credited as the early origins of kombucha… You get the picture.
    Raymond R. Garcia recently posted..No last blog posts to return.My Profile

  9. Coconut Kefir is a delicious, naturally occurring probiotic drink made from fermented coconut water. Much like it’s relative Milk Kefir, it is derived using a similar method. Learning how to make coconut kefir is simple: Add Water Kefir Grains to Coconut water and let sit at room temperature and that’s basically it!! When special water kefir grains (called grains due to their grain-like appearance) are placed in the water and left to rest for a period of time, the grains will eat all the sugar and miraculously transform the liquid into a bubbly elixir filled with loads of healthful probiotics! These particular grains contain a unique symbiotic community of natural bacteria and yeasts, which are able to ferment natural sugars and multiply, creating this delicious probiotic-rich beverage. Real Coconut Kefir is literally ALIVE with nutrition!
    Shawna J. Mejia recently posted..No last blog posts to return.My Profile

  10. What a great healthy recipe. Coconut Kefir is so good for us with its fermantaion probiotics. It is truly a superfood and with the blueberries and strawberries to top it off. I love this recipe – it has all the making of health and great food. Thanks so much for sharing. Visiting from Homestudy study Blog Hop. Happy Thanksgiving
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