How to Make Grapefruit Kratom Tea

Experimental Process

I love spending time crafting a complex kratom tea recipe.  Sometimes I find myself tinkering with fresh grated turmeric, ginger slices, and steamed almond milk, other times it’s cinnamon sticks, ginseng and squeezed lemons.  I’ve had great success with a cinnamon ginger kratom tea as well.

In fact, we have a whole recipe book filled with kratom tea that is dedicated to different flavor palettes.

Yet sometimes I just want to fix my kratom tea and move onto the rest of my tasks for the day. I certainly am not about to revert to tossing and washing my kratom, I’ve been through that unpleasant ordeal more than enough times in my lifetime.

But my favorite, easy cup of kratom tea? Just use grapefruit!

Busy Schedules

Usually, my go-to is the simple kratom tea.  All I need to do is put my kratom tea bags in my thermos and add about a tablespoon of lemon juice while my water boils.  Once my kettle starts whistling, I fill my thermos and cap it. On days that I feel I deserve a treat, I’ll add a dash of sugar or honey.

I will then take my thermos and head out the door while it’s still steeping.  In 20 minutes, my tea is done and I get to sipping!

But variety is the spice of life, and during the long periods where I am swamped with work and can’t spend time crafting the perfect, specialty kratom tea, I can get bored with the simple lemon tea.

When that happens, I turn to my go-to alternative.  Grapefruit. 

Grapefruit to the Rescue!

Normally, I am not a huge fan of grapefruit.  I don’t like pilling sugar onto my fruits since I feel like that defeats part of the purpose of a healthy snack.  And without sugar, grapefruit can be quite sour and I find myself puckering my lips while eating it.

What really fascinates me about grapefruit, however, is that it can strongly inhibit the CYP3A4 enzymes in our body.  This is why doctors often warn their patients on blood thinners to avoid grapefruit, because this enzymatic inhibition can cause an overdose. 

That’s serious, and if you are prescribed any pharmaceutical blood thinners, then the recipe to come is not for you.  (Btw, I am not a physician, so I recommend you consult with your doctor about any possible contraindications surrounding grapefruit.)

For the rest of us, we can go back to considering grapefruit as just another harmless fruit.  Because of this enzyme inhibition, however, grapefruit has the potential to help give your cup of kratom an added kick!  Kratom is metabolized, in part, by the same class of enzymes which grapefruit slows down.  This means that the kratom alkaloids that are in your body stay there longer before they are metabolized and eventually expelled from the body.

This can, in short, extend the duration that you feel kratom’s effects, while also decreasing the amount of tea bags you’ll need to achieve your desired effect. What a great way to save money!

Knowing that, let’s proceed with my ridiculously simple, yet potent grapefruit kratom tea!

Grapefruit Kratom Tea Recipe

This recipe requires simmering for about 20-30 minutes, so you’ll need access to a stove, hot plate, or fireplace.  I’ve made the same tea by placing grapefruit slices in my thermos, but I’ve noticed that the flavor is much better when simmered rather than steeped.  In the tea world, what we’re about to do is called a decoction because we’re boiling the tea and grapefruit.  For more info on the distinction between decoctions and infusions in the tea world, check out our past blog on the topic.

Ingredients

  • Grapefruit.  Because we’ll be using the whole grapefruit for this recipe, I highly recommend you get an organic grade grapefruit.
  • 1-3 Kratom tea bags depending on your strength preference.  Remember, grapefruit will potentiate the strength of your tea, so start low and work your way up.
  • Sugar or honey (optional)

Steps

  1. Wash your grapefruit. 
  2. Slice your grapefruit into quarters.
  3. Carefully poke holes into the flesh of the grapefruit slices with a fork to help facilitate the release of the juices.
  4. Fill a small pot with about 1.25 times the amount of water you want for your tea to account for evaporation.
  5. Add your kratom tea bag(s) and your grapefruit slices.
  6. Bring your pot to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, reduce to a medium simmer and wait 20-30 minutes.
  8. After the time is up, remove your pot from the heat and let cool.  Or, if you are really in a hurry, toss in a few ice cubes and serve!
  9. If you’d like to sweeten it, now is the time. Otherwise, enjoy!

The Flavor Savior

Separate from the subtle joy of play acting as an herbal alchemist by combining fruit science with tea science, I love the flavor of this tea.  I find that the natural sourness of the grapefruit softens the earthy bitter notes of the kratom tea.  The grapefruit sourness is softened but its subtle sweetness remains.  Best yet, the desirable, almost floral taste of the kratom is balanced against its slight astringency.  I can sip and ponder the taste of my grapefruit and kratom tea in a way some of the other tea recipes, which overpower the kratom flavor completely, fail to allow.

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