Just bought some kava, and now you're wondering how to make it into a delightful drink? You've come to the right place. Not only does SEBotanicals offer one of the best and most potent kava powders in the US. The Kava Society of New Zealand is also a good source of information for kava preparation and all things about kava.
I have personally over a decade of experience with processing kava into different types of drinks with SEBotanicals. As a kava preparation expert, I'm here to guide you through the process. So, let's get started!
What You'll Need for Easy Kava Preparation
Before we begin, let's gather all the necessary ingredients and tools.
Here's what you'll need:
- Approximately 1.2-1.4 ounces (around 3 tablespoons) of traditional grind kava powder
- A strainer bag
- Two cups (around 20 ounces) of warm (95-104F) water
- An extra cup of water for a second wash, if desired
How to Make Kava: The Basics
Preparing Traditional Grind Kava
Start by measuring out your kava powder. You'll need about 1.2-1.4 ounces, which is a little less than half a cup. Make sure you're using high-quality, potent, pure, and noble kava products for the best results.
Tools and Tips for Easy Kava Preparation
Next, you'll need a strainer bag. Some people use classic "Fijian-type" strainer bags, cheesecloth, socks, t-shirts, or nylon stockings. However, these options often let too much sediment through and aren't necessarily food safe. I recommend using a finer, food-grade strainer, such as a nut milk straining bag, for a smoother, easier-to-drink beverage.
Making Strong Kava: Maximizing Potency
Now, add two cups (around 20 ounces) of warm (95-104F) water to your kava in the strainer bag. Let it sit in the bowl for a few minutes to loosen the tougher fibers.
Preparing Kava Tea: A Soothing Alternative
After letting the kava sit, begin kneading the powder inside the bag in the water. Knead the bag in the bowl and occasionally twist it to strain all the water out. After a few minutes, your water should turn densely brown and start feeling a bit oily - that's the kavalactones being released into your liquid.
Making Kava in a Shaker Bottle: A Convenient Method
If you're looking for a quick and convenient way to prepare your kava, using a shaker bottle might be the perfect solution for you. Here's how you can do it:
- Start by adding your kava powder to the shaker bottle. You'll need about 1.2-1.4 ounces (around 3 tablespoons).
- Next, pour in two cups (around 20 ounces) of warm (95-104F) water.
- Secure the lid on your shaker bottle and shake vigorously for a few minutes. This will help to release the kavalactones into the water.
- Once you've shaken the mixture well, let it sit for a few minutes to allow the kava to steep.
- After steeping, strain the liquid into a separate container, leaving the kava sediment behind in the shaker bottle.
- Your kava drink is now ready to enjoy!
Using a shaker bottle can make the process of preparing kava quick and easy, especially if you're on the go. Just remember to strain the liquid well to ensure a smooth, enjoyable beverage.
What is the second wash?
Once you've kneaded and strained your kava, it's ready to drink! However, if you want to, you can pour the ready beverage into a separate bowl and add some fresh warm water (half of the original amount) to your original bowl to prepare a "second wash" using the same bag of kava. This second wash will be much weaker than the first one, but it can still offer some nice effects.
Preparing Instant Kava: A Quick and Easy Alternative
If you're using instant kava, the process is even simpler. Just add about 0.5 ounces (approximately 3 teaspoons) of instant kava to two cups of cold water or any other soft drink or fruit juice mix you like. Stir it well, and you're ready to go!
Kava Preparation FAQ
How do you prepare kava for drinking?
You can prepare kava for drinking by using either traditional grind kava or instant kava. The process involves mixing the kava with water and straining it to create a drinkable beverage.
What is the best way to prepare kava root?
The best way to prepare kava root is by using a strainer bag and warm water. This allows the kavalactones in the kava to be released into the water, creating a potent beverage.
Instant kava is perfect for this method since the kavalactones dissolve much faster.
What is the most effective way to take kava?
The most effective way to take kava is by drinking it. Whether you're using traditional grind kava or instant kava, the process involves mixing the kava with water to create a drinkable beverage.
How long should you steep kava?
Steeping time can vary based on personal preference and the type of kava you're using. However, a good rule of thumb is to let the kava steep in warm water for about 10-15 minutes. This allows the kavalactones in the kava to be released into the water, creating a potent beverage.
If you are busy and the traditional methods seem laborious, you can try instant kava, which is basically a ready-made kava drink dried and powdered which dissolves directly into water and doesn't have the fibers or usual kava drink.
What is the kava powder to water ratio for making kava?
The ratio of kava powder to water can vary based on personal preference and the potency of the kava. A common starting point is to use 1.2-1.4 ounces (around 3 tablespoons) of kava powder for every two cups (around 20 ounces) of water. You can adjust this ratio based on your desired strength.
What is the best strainer to use when preparing kava?
When preparing kava, it's important to use a strainer that can effectively separate the kava powder from the water. A fine, food-grade strainer, such as a nut milk straining bag, is often recommended. This type of strainer allows the kavalactones to pass through while keeping the coarse kava fibers contained.
Are there side effects with Kava?
Kava, and many other products (even natural ones), can cause side effects. It is important to know about the possible side effects and consult a physician etc. when in doubt. You should always research trustworthy sources with facts backed up scientifically such as WebMD.