Best kava chasers
By The Kava Society, Jul 25 2015 05:55AM
Few kava lovers drink it for its taste. Most people find kava to be quite bitter or even unpleasant. There are milder tasting kavas (e.g. some of our Hawaiian varieties or one or two Tongan kavas) and there are REALLY bitter kavas (e.g. the heavier kavas from Vanuatu). But in any case every kava can be a bit unpleasant. This is why many kava users try to find a way to mitigate the unpleasant tasting experience while still being able to enjoy the beautiful kava effects. Some people like mixing micronized or instant kavas with their favourite soft drink. This can be a very good solution for the beginners and those who want to drink only small amounts of kava. Those that want to have a longer kava session, feel that consuming a lot of sweet liquid masking the kava taste in itslef can get a bit unpleasant. These people prefer to use after kava chasers.
In the urban kava bars of Vanuatu one can buy fresh fruit slices, which work great as chasers (and are quite healthy!). Pineapples and grapes seem particularly effective. We also like to eat sweet pineapples in between our kava shells. Another solution is to drink real fruit juice (e.g. the range offered by Homegrown). The apple juice works great. An even better (albeit not for everyone) is the Ginger, Honey and Lemon juice.
Those who want to combine good flavours with kava-potentiating effects, may want to consider using strong herbal tea (our preferences: peppermint, ginger or kawakawa - either separetly or even as a mixture ) in between their shells. It can be quite delicious AND can help to potentiate some of kava's effects (the heat makes it easier for the kavalactones to go through the stomach membrene). What is more, many herbal teas can ease any stomach discomfort you may experience after drinking kava.
We generally do not recommend using sparking beverages as they can prove to be a bit too "heavy" on the stomach. It's best to go for natural (and healthy) products.