Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

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This gorgeous and refreshing butterfly pea flower lemonade is a layered drink that’s made with only 4 ingredients! It’s a pretty twist on a classic lemonade.

Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade in clear glass.

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Layered Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

Butterfly pea flower is a plant that’s originally from Southeast Asia. The dried blue flowers are steeped in water to make an herbal tea, also known as a tisane.

The caffeinated-free infusion has an earthy, vegetal flavor that can be an acquired taste.

One of butterfly pea flower’s most unique characteristics is its ability to change color when the pH levels shift.

The brewed tea will go from blue to purple when combined with an acidic ingredient like lemonade.

This layered butterfly pea flower lemonade is sweet, tart, and absolutely refreshing.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Butterfly pea flower lemonade is a cold beverage made with butterfly pea flower tea, water, lemonade, and ice.
  • The drink is naturally caffeine-free and layered with lemonade at the bottom and butterfly pea flower tea on top.
  • Because the lemonade is already sweet, there’s no need for additional sugar.
  • This recipe is for a 16 ounce (2 cups) serving.

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Ingredient Notes

Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade ingredients measured in cups and labeled on a table.
  • Butterfly pea flower tea: Use butterfly pea flower tea bags for easy cleanup. Since the tea will be mixed with lemonade, you don’t need the highest quality.
  • Lemonade: Any lemonade can be used.
  • Water: For the best tasting drink, always use filtered water.
  • Ice: Make the ice with filtered water, if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pouring water onto tea bag in a teapot.

Step 1: Put butterfly pea flower tea bag and hot water into a teapot.

Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting.

Blue tea steeping in a teapot.

Step 2: Cover and steep. The water will turn a deep blue. Remove the tea bag and let cool.

Pouring lemonade into a cup with ice.

Step 3: Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced lemon.

Pouring butterfly pea flower tea into a cup with lemonade and ice.

Step 4: Add cooled down tea.

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Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade in a glass garnished with lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

To make pretty layers, add the lemonade in first.

The trick to making a layered drink is to start by adding the sweetest components, followed by the least sweet.

In this recipe, that means the lemonade goes in first, then the tea.

The more sugar the bottom layer has compared to the top is what will create a more separated layer.

Loose butterfly pea flower tea can be used instead of a tea bag.

If you only have dried flowers, you can substitute 1 heaping teaspoon in place of the tea bag.

Make the tea ahead of time.

You can steep the butterfly pea flower tea in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Combine with the lemonade when you’re ready to serve.

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Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade in clear glass.

Expert Tips

  • To garnish with lemon slices, place them into the cup first, then add ice. The lemonade and the butterfly pea flower tea can be poured in next.
  • Add matcha to make it a butterfly pea flower matcha lemonade.
  • If you’d like additional flavor, try a flavored syrup like strawberry. Just be aware that’ll increase the sugar levels.
  • Store-bought lemonade is great, but you can also make it from scratch, which offers you more control over the sugar levels if you prefer your drinks less sweet.

Questions You May Have

What does butterfly pea flower tea taste like?

It has a mild woody flavor that’s not all that pleasant on its own, which is why it’s often combined with other ingredients such as lemon or lemongrass.

Is it good for you?

Butterfly pea flower has high levels of antioxidants and is known to help reduce high blood sugar, protect the heart, and support healthy skin.

Does butterfly pea flower stain your teeth?

Though there is pigment that turns water blue, it does not stain teeth.

Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade in clear glass.

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Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

By: Jee Choe
This gorgeous and refreshing butterfly pea flower lemonade only needs 4 ingredients!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

  • 1 butterfly pea flower tea bag, (or 1 teaspoon loose tea)
  • cup hot water
  • cup lemonade
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 lemon slices, (optional garnish)

Instructions 

  • Put butterfly pea flower tea bag and ⅓ cup of hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and let cool.
    Herbal teas like butterfly pea flower can be steeped for longer without getting bitter.
  • Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Add cooled down butterfly pea flower tea.
    Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced lemon.

Notes

  • Use butterfly pea flower tea bags for easy cleanup. Since the tea will be mixed with lemonade, you don’t need the highest quality.
  • The trick to making a layered drink is to start by adding the sweetest components, followed by the least sweet. In this recipe, that means the lemonade goes in first, then the tea.
  • You can steep the butterfly pea flower tea in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Combine with the lemonade when you’re ready to serve.
  • Store-bought lemonade is great, but you can also make it from scratch, which offers you more control over the sugar levels if you prefer your drinks less sweet.
  • To add thinly sliced lemons, line them inside the cup first, then add the ice. The lemonade can be poured in next followed by the cooled down tea.

Nutrition

Calories: 80Carbohydrates: 20gSodium: 26mgSugar: 19gCalcium: 9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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