Kombucha, a fermented drink made by mixing tea and sugar with bacteria and yeast packs a punch in health benefits.
The punch may also contain alcohol.
According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB): “Under federal law, if the alcohol content of kombucha is 0.5% or more alcohol by volume, at any time during production, when bottled, or at any time after bottling, the kombucha is an alcohol beverage and is subject to TTB regulations.”
Fermentation may continue after the kombucha product leaves the manufacturer. Still the amounts of alcohol are usually low.
People who abstain whether because of addiction, medication interactions or religious reasons should be aware of kombucha’s alcohol content.
And perhaps imbibers may want to switch to kombucha cocktails for a healthier happy hour.