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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.

a photo of lemon being squeezed into a glass of butterfly pea flower tea lemonade

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!

a package of organic dried butterfly pea
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.
a top-down photo of 2 glasses of butterfly pea flower tea lemonade
a close-up of a glass of Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade with someone about to squeeze lemon into it

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.

two glasses of Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade garnished with lemon slices

If you’re looking for other ways to dress up drinks and cocktails you might like my Edible Flower Ice Cubes.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade is a naturally purple and refreshing drink.


  • 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
  • ice


  • 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.


  • I buy butterfly pea flower tea on Amazon.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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10 comments on “Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade”

  1. Hi ! do you know how much time can I storage the lemonade on the freezer ?

    • We haven’t tried freezing it but we would recommend removing the tea leaves and letting it cool to room temperature before freezing. Not sure how long it will freeze well, but guessing several months.

  2. Thanks for these. It’s nice

  3. What is the taste of the tea itself (without lemon or honey)? Is it bitter? Leafy? Or is it just tasteless? Thanks.

  4. This is a very easy plant to grow

  5. Yay, you got the powder! The color of the drinks is so amazing!