Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade
This Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade drink is naturally purple because it is made with butterfly pea flower tea, a caffeine-free herbal tea. The tea is derived from the leaves of the butterfly pea plant that is common to South East Asia. It’s a fun and refreshing drink to serve with dessert or at a party. You can also make a cocktail version by adding alcohol.
I was introduced to Butterfly Pea Flower Tea a few weeks ago at the new dessert shop Cake de Partie. I had never had it before but loved the natural purple color. After some research, I found the tea on Amazon. Of course I had to buy it!
When the tea is brewed, it’s a really deep indigo blue color. But when you add lemon juice it changes the pH level and it starts to turn purple. I’m all about purple drinks.
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This drink is so easy to whip up. You just need to brew the tea and add sugar and lemon juice. I plan on serving a cocktail version at my next house party. I also can’t wait to experiment with the tea for desserts, as I love the idea of being able to create colorful desserts using natural colors.
- 2 cups boiling hot water
- 6 tsp butterfly pea flower tea (see note)
- fresh lemon juice from 1 medium lemon
- honey or sugar to taste
Add tea to hot water and cover surface to retain heat. Allow tea to seep a few minutes until the water turns a deep shade of blue.
You can leave the tea leaves in or remove. Stir in lemon juice and add sugar or honey to taste. Serve over ice.
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- I buy butterfly pea flower tea on Amazon.