How to Make Kava
How to make kava with kava powder
There are several different ways to make kava with kava powder. We are going to cover a traditional method and a contemporary method. For all methods, you’ll need to get some kava powder, which can be purchased online or in health stores. You’ll also need any vessels you want to use—for example, if you’re going to strain your drink through cheesecloth or muslin cloth, you’ll need some pots or bowls that are big enough for straining.
However, before you start you are going to want to determine what your mixing ratios are:
Kava mixing ratios
The most common ratio for Fiji kava is 20 parts waters to 1 part kava, with a 5 gm of kava powder per serve basis.
If you’re new to the world of kava, it’s best to start with the Fijian method and work your way up. However, if you do not feel comfortable drinking this amount, then you should stop drinking kava and talk to your doctor about it before continuing.
On the other hand, if you feel comfortable drinking the smaller ratio amounts of kava to water, then try increasing the amount to the Vanuatu Strength.
Vanuatu kava culture determines that kava is drunk at a stronger mix than Fiji. This means you drink less kava juice, over a shorter amount of time but the kava effect is stronger overall.
For Vanuatu Strength, use a 5 parts water to 1 part kava powder, with a 10gm of kava powder per serve basis. This is not for the faint-hearted and we would recommend working your way up to this.
How to make kava using the traditional method
To prepare kava using the traditional method, you will need:
✔️ water (warm to no more than 40 degrees Celsius)
✔️ a straining bag or stocking
✔️ a bowl or cup to strain the liquid into
1️⃣ Measure out the amount of kava powder you wish to use using the above-mentioned kava ratios into you straining bag.
2️⃣ Place the kava straining bag with the powder in it into your bowl.
3️⃣ Pour the water into the bowl and let the water soak into the kava.
4️⃣ Squeeze and kneed the kava powder in with the water for 10 minutes.
5️⃣ Pour this mixture through a strainer into another bowl or cup to remove any undissolved pieces of kava root.
5️⃣ Serve and enjoy!
Check out this video for detailed step-by-step instructions.
How to make kava using the modern method
A tweak on the traditional method is using modern technology and full cream dairy products to boost the kava brew strength. In addition to the tools required for the traditional method.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
✔️A food processor or blender, i.e., Food Ninja or the like.
✔️A tablespoon of full cream dairy product. Milk, Yoghurt or cream all work if they are full cream.
1️⃣. Add your kava powder to the food blender and add a full cream dairy product and your warm water. Mix to be sure that all powder is loosened in the solution.
2️⃣ Blend for 30 seconds.
3️⃣ Let it sit for 20 minutes.
4️⃣ Place your straining bag into the kava preparation bowl.
5️⃣ Squeeze for 10-15 minutes.
6️⃣ Ready to serve!
Check out the below video to see this process in detail:
How to make kava with Instant kava
OKAY – as Instant Kava’s name implies, this is super simple.
How to make Kava juice using Instant kava
1️⃣ Put one teaspoon of instant kava powder into a glass of water.
2️⃣ Stir for 10 seconds until the powder is dissolved in the water.
3️⃣ Add ice cubes and drink immediately!
Some Instant kava users let the solution sit for 10 minutes and then stir again before drinking. They claim that this makes the kava juice stronger. However, we believe that this defeats the purpose of Instant kava and the increase in strength is negligible.
Oh yes, your instant kava is ideal for making Kava Cocktails. Here are some Kava Recipes for you to try.