Summer Kava Drinks: Fresh Recipes for a New Season

Summer Kava Drinks: Fresh Recipes for a New Season

Summer is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere. As the weather warms, it’s time for some cool noble kava drinks to enjoy with friends.

It’s also time to try some fresh recipes that mix well with a patio hang.

Kava, known for its calming effects and natural anxiety relief, offers a way to unwind and enjoy as days and evenings with friends grow longer.


Pineapple Kava Punch

Discover the perfect summer refresher with our Pineapple Kava Punch. This delightful drink combines the tropical sweetness of pineapple with the subtle warmth of ginger and the effervescent charm of soda water.


• 1 serving Vanuatu Instant Green Kava
• 1 cup pineapple juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
• ½ teaspoon ginger, grated or a pinch of ground ginger
• 1 cup soda water
• Ice cubes
• Pineapple chunks for garnish
Optional Add-ins:
• A splash of lime juice for extra tang
• Fresh mint leaves for garnish

How to Make:

Mix Vanuatu Instant Green Kava with pineapple juice in a shaker. Add grated ginger and stir. Pour into a glass filled with ice, top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with pineapple chunks and add lime juice and mint leaves if desired. Serve chilled and enjoy!


Spiced Kava Chai

Elevate your kava experience with our Spiced Kava Chai. This creamy, spiced beverage is perfect for those summer days when you crave something refreshing yet calming.


• 1 serving Vanuatu Instant Green Kava
• 1 cup almond milk (or any milk of choice)
• 1 teaspoon chai spice mix (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves)
• Ice cubes
• Honey or maple syrup (optional, for sweetness)
Optional Add-ins:
• A dash of vanilla extract
• Freshly ground nutmeg for garnish

How to Make:

Mix Vanuatu Instant Green Kava with chai spice mix. Warm the almond milk slightly and combine it with the kava and spices in a shaker. Shake well. Fill a glass with ice, pour the mixture over it, and stir gently. Add honey or maple syrup for sweetness if you like, and garnish with a pinch of nutmeg. Serve chilled and enjoy!


Citrus Bliss

Nothing says summer like a cool refreshing lemonade. Incorporating citrus flavors into your kava drink can feel like sunshine in a cup. 

The tanginess of citrus complements the earthy tones of kava, offering even kava skeptics a delicious way to enjoy a relaxing drink. Adding honey or agave can balance the tartness with a touch of sweetness.

For something light, try an Arnold Palmer with prepared kava added. For something more substantial, blend a smoothie.

How to Make: 

• ½ frozen banana
• ¾ cup frozen mango
• ½ cup orange juice (fresh if possible)
• ½ cup dairy-free milk
• 1 serving prepared kava
• Ice to taste
• Honey or vegan sweetener to taste

Blend on high until smooth. Add more dairy-free milk if needed.

Herbal Infusions

Summer brings a burst of fresh herbs to gardens and farmer’s markets. Herbs like mint, basil and lemongrass can infuse your kava drinks with a soothing and uplifting aromatic freshness. These herbal infusions create a more complex flavor profile, adding depth and character.

Some ideas:

• Lemongrass pairs well with coconut and pineapple
Try a cucumber-lime kava concoction finished with mint
• Basil-strawberry with lemonade is a classic combo with a twist
• Make a mocktail with kava, tonic, mint, and lime


Berry Refresh

Fresh strawberries start to ripen in late spring, and their sweet, slightly tart flavors make them an excellent addition to your kava drinks. Strawberries can be muddled or blended into your kava concoction, introducing a freshness and natural sweetness that's hard to resist. Not only do they enhance the taste, but they also add a gorgeous splash of color. 

Have a bounty of blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries? They all go perfectly with prepared noble kava, sparkling water, and lime.


A Twist of the South Pacific, or  Flavors Close to Home

If you’re experimenting with more exotic flavors, consider adding a touch of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple or coconut. If you’re looking for something to stretch your palate, check out lychee, rambutan, papaya or passion fruit.

Many mango and lychee varieties hit their peak in June and July. If you can get your hands on those fresh mangoes, all the better.

And if you can’t find any of those tropical fruits that tempt you, your local market is sure to have something amazing to try. Fresh berries, melons, cherries, plums, and peaches bring incredible flavor to kava drinks and smoothies.


Preparing Your Summer Kava Drinks

It’s fun to try new recipes and change up your seasonal kava experience, but kava needs to be prepared carefully and reverently. 

Follow instructions from your Bula Kava House kava carefully, and then feel free to add flavors as you like. Note the amount you drink, especially as you’re tasting and adjusting.  

Ground kava and micronized/instant kava need different preparation methods. You can’t just toss ground kava into a smoothie without preparing it first or straining it thoroughly. If you have questions about how to prepare your kava, please let us know.


Buy Kava Online from Bula Kava House

At Bula Kava House, we offer the best kava for sale, sourced directly from the Pacific Islands. Our selection of noble kavas provide the perfect base for all your kava creations. 

Visit Bula Kava online today to explore our selection and find everything you need to start making your summertime kava drinks. 


Share Your Creation and Save! 🌴✨

Ignite your creativity by sharing your unique kava concoctions on Instagram. Simply add the hashtag #bulasummersips on Instagram in your innovative drink post and we will give you a 10% discount on your next purchase as our thank you! 🍹

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