Random not-that-fun fact about me: I’m not really a beverage person. Sure, I drink way too much iced coffee, almost always get my eight glasses of water in a day, and tend to grab a kombucha whenever the grocery store has my favorite flavor, but soda? Too many bubbles. Lemonade? Eh. Milk? Only when served with Oreos.
So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a new-to-me drink that I could not. Stop. Guzzling. The drink in question? Water kefir.
But it’s definitely not new—the probiotic-packed drink dates back to the 1800s, says GT Dave, founder and CEO of GT’s Living Foods. “The cultures were found on the skin of a prickly-pear cactus,” he says. “Since then, these cultures have been primarily used in Latin communities to ferment sweetened water and juices into diverse probiotic drinks that are dairy-free and low in sugar.”
Having trouble picturing that? Erase