- 1 cup plain regular not Greek yogurt
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh berries blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix, washed
- 4 cups pure or filtered water
- 1/4 cup or less liquid from strained yogurt
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 Lime sliced
- 4 fresh mint leaves
Place a coffee filter or double layer of cheesecloth inside a strainer. Place the strainer over a pot or bowl to catch the liquid. Spoon the yogurt into the filter and cover everything with plastic wrap. Place this in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.*
Clean your mason jars with very hot water and soap. Rinse them well with hot water.
Place the berries, water, yogurt liquid, honey, and salt in equal quantities in the mason jars. Stir gently with a very clean wooden spoon to combine well. Add the mint leaves and lime slices to each jar.
Cover the jars with the lids and give a gentle shake to make sure everything is combined. Place the jars in a cool dark area of your kitchen.
You should start to see carbonation bubbles after 1 day. Release the lids and let a little air out. Do this daily for 5 days.
When your fruit starts to resemble that of “cooked” fruit and your brew is bubbling, open the lids and strain the juice into a pitcher, leaving the fruit behind. Place the juice in well-sealed bottles. A good choice is clean clear wine bottles with stoppers.
Leave the fermented fruit juice on your kitchen counter for another 1 to 3 days to build up more carbonation, or just store it in the refrigerator if you like where the carbonation level is.
Serve over ice with a mint leaf and a few fresh berries.
* The strained yogurt has the consistency of soft cheese. You can add some chopped chives to this and use as a topping just as you would sour cream. It is great on chilis, tacos, and soups.
Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg