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One of the #1 questions that I get asked at my demo’s after people have tasted my drinks and are pleasantly surprised at how delicious they are is…

Can I add alcohol to this???


If you are into the Nude and Nutrl coolers, then this is very comparable as long as you can handle a drink that is all natural and bursting with health benefits. ūüėČ

Is it time to Jazz Up your bartending game?

Your NEW favorite probiotic tonic is here!

Even though Water Kefir soda has been under the radar for some time it’s quickly becoming a readily available product.

Billed as a good source of probiotics, water kefir has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Mexico. 

Today, water kefir comes in a variety of flavors and is brewed across the world, for hipsters and health conscious folk alike.

For the modern bar, water kefir’s carbonation make’s it an ideal mixer for unique cocktail concoctions.

The fermented drink has been making its debut on cocktail lists worldwide and is set to grow in popularity by 800% in the next 5 years!

The world of fermentation is about to EXPLODE!

I am so glad that you have joined my following and that you are inspired to lower your sugar intake and improve your well being!

Happy Gut has a tonne of inspiration coming your way in 2019!

Back to the Earth folks!

We are all in this together.


Here’s a simple recipe for a Low Sugar New Year’s Eve Cocktail to help set your intention for a Low Sugar 2019.

This cocktail boasts only 5 grams of sugar.

I personally find that when I drink sweet drinks or coolers, I can only have one and then I am done for the night.

This drink is so light and refreshing that you can easily sip on it all evening.

Here is the recipe to make this amazing drink on your own OR¬†if¬†you¬†live¬†in¬†the¬†East¬†or¬†West¬†Kootenay’s¬†(Grand Forks BC too) you¬†can¬†purchase¬†our¬†Happy Gut Lemonade¬†Water¬†Kefir¬†here and just add some fresh mint and vodka to it.




Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.

Strain the grains and add the following to your second ferment. 

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon or lemon juice

5 leaves fresh mint

Seal up the green swivel top bottle and leave it in a warm place for 24 hours for the second ferment.

Open slowly.  Strain.

Add 1 ounce vodka, ice, fresh lemon slices, fresh mint and enjoy!

This cocktail will give your body a big boost of vitamin C, probiotics, magnesium, B vitamins, folate, vitamin K, electrolytes and enzymes.

How can you go wrong???

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This Blog is written in Canada with Love and good intentions,

Leeza Zurwick

p.s. stay tuned next week when I launch my series of Citrus January Water Kefir recipes and share my low sugar lifestyle insights.

Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.

***All glasses and props graciously provide by The Gift Box in Castlegar BC ***


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