Updated: Mar 2
For anyone that's tried kombucha, they may have found it to be an acquired taste. Here's why Cridling is different and just simply, one amazingly tasty drink.
Hello, and welcome to our blog. This is the place where we connect and discuss what's important to us, yes - it's Cridling, our very own fermented drink made with honey. Here at Cridling, we're really quite passionate about the stuff so if you've got a couple of minutes, join us as we discuss what the differences really are between traditional kombucha and Cridling - the Elixir of Life.
Kombucha, as you may know it, has a very distinct flavour and aroma. This can vary between brewers (or even if it has been brewed which is an entirely different blog post), but the basic recipe is the same. Tea, sugar and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast are fermented to create this gut friendly drink, sometimes fruit, herbs, leaves and flowers are added for flavour. The downside is that it can often be vinegary, smell unappetising and the alcohol content can vary significantly. So how is Cridling different?
Cridling is brewed with pure, natural Yorkshire honey, ethically sourced green tea and real fruit. It contains masses of naturally occurring gut friendly cultures and tastes amazing.
Kombucha is often made and then left on a shelf for months. Cridling is produced to be a fresh product, stored in refrigeration to ensure all the beneficial properties are kept in tip top condition for you. As it is made with honey there is less natural carbonation, in fact it can almost seem like a still drink, but it is very much alive. As with other drinks made with honey rather than sugar, the resulting drink is not dissimilar to a mead and we like to refer to it as a mead-kombucha. All of the fructose in the honey is used in the fermentation process so calorie content is naturally very low.
All fermented drinks contain alcohol, even at very low levels. Therefore, all true brewed kombuchas contain some level of alcohol. Labelling laws mean that alcohol content under 1.2% abv does not need to be stated on the label. At Cridling, we disagree with this principle, after all, what about medicine interactions, pregnant women or sales to children? Therefore, we state the alcohol content on the product label, clearly at the front. At the back we explain this in terms of UK alcohol units. It is still very low and as a guide a woman would have to drink around 12 cans in an hour to be near the drink drive limit, but we like to be open and honest.
Cridling is also the perfect low alcohol drink to have whilst out socialising. With just a small amount of alcohol, you'll feel great, have a great time with your friends and are still be able to drive home at the end of the night. It also works extremely well as a mixer. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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