Making a kava beverage can be as easy as stirring
a spoonful of kava powder into a glass of
water. If you would like your kava as simple as that, please check out our Kava Kwik Instant Kava. To get the most from your
kava root powder, we recommend using your blender. Preparing
kava this way helps to emulsify the active
ingredients (kavalactone resins) so they
will be absorbed easily and quickly in your
Easy Blender Recipe
This method of preparation is our favorite.
It is the very best way to get the most out
of your kava. This is a suggested serving
for two people.
You may want to use more or less water according to your
taste. Leftovers will last several days in
1) Place 3 Tbs. kava in the blender with
3 cups of water
2) Blend on high for one minute.
3)We highly recommend that you strain your kava through on of our strainer bags (or a fine tea strainer) for a smoother tasting and more pleasant drink.
slowly. This will
allow some of the lactones to be absorbed
directly into mucus membranes of your mouth
for immediate effects. It will also cause
more of the pleasant tingling sensation that
kava is famous for.
This also makes a great iced drink. In fact, one of the best ways to make kava taste better is to put the prepared drink in the refrigerator for a few hours and drink cold . Leaving it in the fridge overnight seems to mellow the taste even more.
*You may want to add a tsp. of granular lecithin
or 1 tsp vegetable oil. This helps to emulsify
the kavalactones in the water. it also
makes for a smoother tasting drink.
A few slices of fresh ginger root added
to the blender is also interesting. You will
probably want to strain out the ginger pulp.
Some people like to sweeten it with a bit
of honey. Maple syrup is also a favorite.
We even have a customer that claims rose
petals are the best flavoring!
There are many creative ways to enjoy Kava.
Make up your own favorite recipe!
The "Dunking Cloth" Method
This is the method is most often used in
the South Pacific. This method is used
when doing a traditional kava ceremony using
a Tanoa (kava bowl). One cup of ground
Kava root is placed in a cloth bag or wrapped
in the center of a cloth. A dish towel
can be used. Place cloth in a bowl with
about a quart of water. Keeping the Kava
root within the cloth, knead with fingers
and fist for until water takes on the color
of coffee with cream and a slightly foamy
surface. This can take about 5-10 minutes.
Pour off liquid for drinking. This amount
will serve one to four people. The process
can be repeated with the same bag of Kava.
The second rinse being more dilute.
A very creative recipe from one of our customers.
His comment:" This drink tastes much
like chocolate milk. The kava effect is as
strong as that of the blender recipe given
on your web page; however the taste is much
more pleasant. I did not like the taste of
kava until I tried this recipe."
3 heaping tablespoons powdered kava root
3 cups Soy Beverage (non-GMO!)or Hemp Seed Milk, 1 heaping
tablespoon cocoa or carob powder
1 teaspoon granular lecithin (optional
sweeten further with honey or Stevia extract) if desired.
Preparation: Blend in blender on high for
2 minutes. Strain and drink.
Kava: The Drink of Peace
In the South Pacific
the preparation and consumption of kava
is an important social occasion that that
requires respect and ritual. While you
may not get so elaborate, you can create
a setting that will enhance your kava experience.
In the South Pacific kava is used is used
to "evoke an atmosphere
of relaxation and easy sociability" as
in the Nakamals (kava bars) of Vanuatu. It
is also used as a means to spiritual inspiration.
Some of our customers like a cup of kava
before meditation or yoga practice.
The late afternoon is an excellent time to
enjoy the social/recreational aspects of
kava. Here at our house 4:30 is the time
for us to relax and refresh ourselves with
a few cups of kava. One day a week we have
a regular kava circle. A place for friends
to unwind and "talk story". We
usually drink 3-6 coconut cups of kava over
a period of one to two hours. Drinking kava
like this is relaxing to the body and slightly
stimulating to the mind. While its great
for conversation, I would not suggest it
before going to bed. The stimulation that
comes with drinking larger amounts tends
to keep most people awake, not to mention
its diuretic properties! If you are using
kava for sleep, start out with a small amount.
Many times people find just a teaspoon mixed
in water is enough to help them sleep.
are many ways to enjoy kava. The setting,
time of day, as well as amount consumed,
all influence the effects that you will feel
from drinking kava. I hope that the information
found here on our web site will help you
to get the most out of your kava experience
and inspire you to find new ways to enjoy
this wonderful herb. Please, be responsible
and don't drive if you are impaired!