Lucky Dragon

Kombucha Cocktail with honey
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The Element Black Dragon Kombucha is a formidable beast. The spicy black tea kombucha is infused with black cardamom and piquin peppers (which are 13-40 times hotter than jalapeños) for a serious kick, but Andrew Clyde of Alchemy Kombucha and Culture in San Antonio tamed its bite with the help of sweet bourbon and Cherry Heering. Vegetal Cynar and cinnamon then add depth to this tall glass of fierce flavor. “The black cardamon plays very well with the earthiness of the Cynar,” Clyde explains, “and the chiles push the spice on the back end in conjunction with the cinnamon.” After slaying this dragon, you’ll definitely seek out another.



  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • .5 oz Cynar
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering
  • .5 oz Honey Syrup
  • .25 oz Lemon Juice
  • Black tea Kombucha
  • cinnamon
  • cinnamon stick wrapped in orange peel spiral, for garnish


Step one

Combine all ingredients except kombucha and garnishes in cocktail shaker with ice, and shake.

Step two

Double strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.

Step three

Top with kombucha.

Step four

Garnish with grated cinnamon and a cinnamon stick wrapped with an orange peel spiral.

Contributed by Andrew Clyde

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