Kraut juice shots.
Yes, you read that right.
There is no alcohol in these bad boys. It’s just a small Dixie Cup-sized “shot” of fresh, cold, briney kraut juice.
They sell them for $1 a pop at Farmhouse Culture‘s stand at the downtown farmers market on Wednesdays and the Aptos Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Sauerkraut – the fermented kind, notsomuch the kind you buy in a can for 99 cents — is something of a superfood. It’s loaded with beneficial bacteria that helps your digestive system — aka probiotics — and it also has vitamins such as A and C, among other nutritional perks. It’s also just plain tasty.
So what does a shot of kraut juice taste like? It’s a little salty, a little sweet and rich in cabbage-y flavor. The available flavors vary, but I think my favorite is the garlic pickle. The kim chee shot is great for those who like life a little spicier, and I’m also a major fan of the classic caraway. The ginger beet is a little too sweet for my liking but for those who love beet juice, I’d recommend it.
The “juice” is actually the brine from the kraut, and it’s got a slight effervescence to it. It won’t leave you with the most aromatic breath but it will certainly tickle your taste buds and sooth your stomach a bit. I like to follow it up with a couple of oysters, personally. Here’s to living the good life!
Of course, if you prefer your kraut juice a little fancier, you could always whip up a krautini.
Thanks go out to my friends John and Les for turning me onto these bad boys in the first place!