Kava Preparation: Traditional MethodTraditional kava preparation is much like brewing tea. Kava root powder is placed in a straining bag and steeped in hot water. Gather together all you need to prepare a kava drink the traditional way and then follow the simple steps below to make kava the traditional way.Things you’re going to need:
Step 1 Measure out the right amount of kava root. Typically, in kava preparation, a standard serving size for one individual is 2-4 Tablespoons. Many times people will double this amount and plan on having 2-3 servings in an evening.Add the kava root to your strainer bag and place the bag into your bowl.
Step 2 Measure out 8-12oz. of tap hot water (about 120 degrees*) per serving. Vary the amount of water depending on how strong you want your kava root tea to taste. Next, pour the hot water directly into the bag with the kava powder.Let the kava steep in the bag in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Traditional kava preparation involves steeping just like you brew a tea.
The third step in kava preparation is an important one. Twist the top of your kava strainer closed and press out all the air. Knead the kava root in the bag in the water in the bowl. Alternate between kneading the kava and squeezing the bag to strain the liquid into the bowl. Be careful not to let any actual root escape the bag.The water in the bowl will turn a nice milky brown color and begin to look like chocolate milk. After 5-10 minutes of kneading, wring the straining bag tight to remove all liquid. Leave the root in the bag, possibly for a second wash or brew.
Lastly, since kava liquid goes down a little easier chilled either refrigerate your liquid for a short while or throw in a few ice cubes.Once your kava is sufficiently chilled pour into a cup and start enjoying right away.Note: for maximum relaxation effects kava is best consumed on an empty stomach.