Warm weather makes me think of popsicles and refreshing drinks. What’s your favorite mid-afternoon treat in the summer? You probably know I love kombucha, but Its “cousin,” water kefir, is also a favorite—especially on a hot summer day. 

So what is water kefir? It’s a light, bubbly probiotic drink that’s good for your gut—almost like a sparkling seltzer—but way better. In addition to great flavors, water kefir has electrolytes and only a fraction of the sugar you find in a glass of juice.

I tried making my own water kefir years ago. Let’s just say, it’s a lot harder (and messier) than it looks. If you neglect to “burp” your bottles, they’ll spray everywhere. Literally. Trust me; I learned the hard way. So instead, I love supporting a local business, Owl Spoon Water Kefir. Every flavor has been amazing!

And the owners, Jay and Kellie, are also special. They're passionate about their product, and they’re all about healthy living and responsible environmental stewardship. They recycle their bottles, make environmentally considerate purchases, compost what they can, and even offer a rebate to customers on returned bottles. 

Jay, the primary flavor creator, has personally perfected some of the recipes to make them more healthy by adding coconut sugar, Himalayan sea salt, and other good-for-you ingredients. He says his favorite flavor is their Yule Mule—but you can only get it during the holidays. It’s made with cranberry, pomegranate, and ginger (and one of the few recipes Kellie proudly says she developed). And Kellie’s favorite flavor is tart cherry—also one of my favorites!

Wanna try some? You won't regret it, I promise. You can grab some at your local farmer's market (like the RVA Big Market at Bryan Park), or at the following stores:

Every month, I highlight a local business in my monthly newsletter. It's just one small way I can help local businesses succeed—something I'm passionate about. For these monthly highlights, I usually stop by their place of business, meet the owner(s), snap a few pictures, and ask a few questions. It's a quick and easy!

Interested in having your local business highlighted? Know a great local business that you'd like to encourage? Reach out to me, I'd love to help—