Strawberry Water Kefir

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Strawberry Water Kefir is a refreshing soda alternative that’s full of probiotics, is refreshing and tastes great!

 strawberry water kefir
 strawberry water kefir

I’ve been trying to get this very simple water kefir recipe shot and written for over 6 months but kept putting it off. Other recipe ideas crept in and took priority and to be honest, photographing liquids simply hasn’t always been my favorite. Sometimes photos do turn out but most often I find them to be a bit of a challenge. Light has to be just right and in the past when I’ve had a go at shooting this strawberry water kefir, it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped, so I tabled the thing several times.

So for today, I had an entirely different recipe planned. I was thrilled, loved the combination, and was sure it would turn out just right. But after several tries realized it was not going to happen. It failed miserably. I was disappointed and truly frustrated about the waste of time and ingredients but this is part of the process so I reluctantly had to accept it. After dusting the tapioca flour off my shirt, I had to come up with an alternative and fast.  

Serendipitously, in stepped water kefir. I’d just made a fresh batch and after staring at the bubbly, pink drink for a while, I realized today may just be its day. I couldn’t quite believe it, my beloved water kefir was going to save me. 

So let’s talk about this bubbly, delicious strawberry water kefir. If you’re a soda drinker and are reading this blog, I’m going to go on a limb and say that maybe you’re trying to make some sort of change and improve the health of your gut. Well, you’re in luck; this probiotic drink is a delicious and healthy alternative to the conventional stuff. But there is a commitment involved. Every 2-3 days, you have to switch the grains from their current water to a fresh batch of sugar water. Your grains will continue to grow and expand and eventually, you will have to split and add them to other containers or if you have any takers, give some away.

Sound intimidating? It’s not. I was sure I was going to mess it up when I first tried it but you’ll see just how simple it is. In my opinion, the water kefir gets better after several batches once the grains really get used to the new environment. I’ve made this recipe many times with a variety of fruit and have settled on strawberries as holding up beautifully, fermenting well and though naturally losing their red color, they flavor the water perfectly. 

Since I can’t find grains locally, the next best thing is Amazon. I’ve ordered from this company several times and can’t say enough about their quality and consistency. 

This strawberry Water Kefir is:

  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten and grain-free
  • Gut healthy
  • A perfect soda alternative 
  • Easy to make
  • Paleo approved

Ingredients Needed

  • Water Kefir Grains
  • Organic sugar
  • Water
  • Strawberries

Benefits Of Drinking Water Kefir

  • It’s gut healthy
  • Easy to make
  • A healthy and natural soda alternative
  • Inexpensive
 strawberry water kefir
 strawberry water kefir and strwberries
 strawberry water kefir
 strawberry water kefir

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strawberry water kefir

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • fermenting time: 2-3 days

  • makes: 4 cups


  • 1/4 cup raw organic sugar

  • 1 batch water kefir grains (this varies from 3 tbsp-5 tbsp)

  • 4 cups spring water (it’s important to use spring water)

  • funnel

  • 3-4 sliced strawberries


  • glass bottle for fermenting (wide mouth preferably)

  • bottles with stopper for storing water kefir in fridge

  • rubber band

  • cloth or coffee filter

  • small strainer

  • wooden spoon


Combine sugar and water in wide mouth bottle and stir with wooden spoon until sugar dissolves. Add water kefir grains, cover with coffee filter or cloth and secure with rubber band. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days. 

Once water kefir has finished fermenting, strain liquid in bottle with stopper and reserve grains. 

Add strawberries to the freshly poured water kefir, secure stopper and let water kefir sit on the counter for 1-2 days until you start to see bubbles and strawberries have lost their color. (You may not see a lot of bubbles until about the 2nd or 3rd batch)

Wash wide mouth bottle well and start the process all over again. 

You can do this indefinitely. Once you have about 1/2 cup grains, you can start dividing them into 2 batches. 

 Here's a healthy, delicious & probiotic rich soda alternative that's inexpensive to make and lasts as long as you want it. Water kefir grains grow and multiply and yield a perfect drink for anyone who's looking for a soda replacement. #waterkefir, #kefirgrains, #guthealth, #calmeats, #paleodrinks, #paleo, #probiotics, #probioticdrinks, #kefir, #vegan, #digestion, #healthydrinks, #sodaalternative

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  • Reply
    Lindsey Dietz
    September 11, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    This drink is stunning. Would you believe I’ve been fermenting for almost 10 years and have never made water kefir? You’ve got me wanting to try now!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Lindsey! I think your family would really like it! It’s so good if you’re just in the mood for some light bubbles. So refreshing 🙂

  • Reply
    September 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I tried making milk kefir way back in the day but no luck. I think water kefir would be so much better and this looks great!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 12, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Shelby, I think this is far easier and it’s almost impossible to mess up 😉

  • Reply
    Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    September 11, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for explaining the process so well. It is intimidating but I may just be brave and try it. These pics make it look so refreshing too! Inspired!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 12, 2018 at 1:08 am

      Carol it’s so easy, I promise if I can do it, you can absolutely do it!

  • Reply
    Linda Spiker
    September 12, 2018 at 4:05 am

    This is the prettiest water kefir I’ve ever seen. I know that’s not the point, but when it comes to food, pretty never hurts!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      September 12, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Thank you so much, Linda! That made me smile 🙂

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    Cheryl Jackson
    August 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Can you tell me what went wrong? I ended up with a gray film across the top of my water kefir on the second day after adding strawberries.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      August 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Cheryl,
      Sending you an email to see if I can help troubleshoot.

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