There are a a variety of ways of making a good kava drink. Generally the key here is that you generally need to add a source of fatty milk such as coconut, goat or cow milk to extract the kavalactonoes. Those constituents are only extracted either by alcohol or something fatty. Traditionally kava is also prepared by adding it to a cool liquid as hot liquids can destroy those kavalactones. Avoid steeping kava in any liquid above 140 degrees as this will degrade those constituents.
So generally one works with the powdered form of kava. You can purchase it that way or you can buy whole kava and grind it up yourself in a coffee grinder when you need it. That option will insure that you get more potency from your kava beverage as powdered kava will degrade in time. Please make sure you are purchasing kava from a good ethical source. There are a variety of types and strains of kava but in general the Noble varieties are effective and safe for sustained use. Please beware of the Tudei varietals that potentially could lead to nausea and lethargy and potentially cause hepatic toxicity.
1-3 teaspoons (about 2-6 grams) powdered Kava (depending on desired potency)
8 ounces of milk (or half water/half milk)
Add your mix together in a blender. Blend for 5 minutes. Strain through some cheese cloth or a muslin bag and squeeze out all the liquid you can. (I know an herbalist who uses an old sock- clean that is.) Boom you have a nice drink.
Now if you don’t have a blender you can also just steep it in a muslin tea bag but I would do it for a longer period of time- upwards of 30 minutes. Generally the kava is massaged during this time as well to really get the most out of it.
Now drink up and relax…