Food and Drink

Beesbucha, A Naturally Fermented Honey Drink is Keeping Bees in Business

A beverage with a social conscience.


You might have heard of kombucha, the gut-healthy drink taking over supermarket shelves, but have you heard of beesbucha?

Founder Giacomo Franceschi is a mixologist and has spent several years mixing, shaking, and stirring drinks. He’s always had a fascination with making alcohol, particular mead. This is where the idea of Beesbucha was born.

“When Covid came last year, I finally had the time to perfect the recipe and bottle beesbucha. I even became a beginner beekeeper, so I could make my own ingredient for the product,” says Franceschi.

Unlike kombucha, there is no Scobie, instead, it’s more closely related to mead. The honey used comes from Franceschi’s own hive and a few local beekeepers in the state. The drink also contains banana, which gives it a unique flavour, and no alcohol.

“The process is similar to wine. You have to ferment it which means it’s not easy to make. Each batch is unique as I use different honey combinations. One batch could be made from my hive’s honey, or another batch could be a mixture of orange blossom honey and manuka honey,” says Franceschi.

Starting out as a passion project, Franceschi produced 5,000 bottles from his garage when he first started. Now he is in the process of expanding and releasing new products and flavours in the coming months. He recently release a Raspberry and Eucalyptus Beesbucha, made with raspberries from Queensland and infused with peppermint gum leaves.

You can find Beesbucha online, or at several local businesses including Mapo Gelato in Bondi.

According to Franceschi, the best way to enjoy Beesbucha is cold straight from the fridge. You can add ice to see how the flavour profile changes.

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Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

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Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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