A pretty blue herbal tea latte made with butterfly pea flowers. Add a splash of milky goodness to get a gorgeous creamy swirl. See how easy it is to make!
Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
- The blue color comes naturally from the purplish blue petals of the butterfly pea flower.
- It’s an herbal tea and caffeine-free.
- Also known as a blue tea.
- You can make tea with the flowers and you can also make a tea latte by adding a little milk and sugar.
Looks great, tastes not so great
I don’t love the taste of this drink but EVERYONE loves the way it looks, so here we are.
Imagine going for a walk in the woods and you pick up some twigs and dry leaves. Then let’s pretend you boil that in hot water. That’s what butterfly pea flower tastes like.
Adding lemonade or lemons to butterfly pea flower tea make it taste better and it’s how I drink it. The brightness from the lemons work well to mask the muskiness from the tea.
Loose Butterfly Pea Flowers vs Tea Bags
Loose, whole butterfly pea flowers are better quality than tea bags but for recipes or drinks where you’re adding milk and sugar, tea bags are easier to use than loose flowers.
Butterfly Pea Flower Latte Ingredients
- Butterfly pea flower tea bags
- Filtered water
- Vanilla extract
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Half & half
- Ice cubes
How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
1. MAKE BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA
Steep tea bags in hot water and watch the water turn a dark blue. Take out tea bags and set aside to cool.
2. MAKE VANILLA SWEET CREAM
Combine half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
3. ASSEMBLE DRINK
Fill cup with ice and pour in the cooled down blue tea. Next, slowly pour in the vanilla sweet cream and watch it create pretty swirls.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: To get the pretty swirls, don’t replace the half & half with milk. Milk is too liquid-y so it’ll just go straight to the bottom without creating pretty swirls.
BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER TEA LATTE TIPS
- The half & half with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- The butterfly pea flower tea can also be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for about 4 days.
- If using loose butterfly pea flowers, use 2 teaspoons of butterfly pea flower tea instead of 2 tea bags.
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
No, there’s no caffeine at all.
It looks so good but it definitely does not taste as good as it looks. The only way I like having this tea is with lemons or lemonade.
Replace the 2 tea bags with 2 teaspoons of dried flowers.
I’ve made it using both the whole flowers and tea bags and it really tastes pretty much the same, so I’m picking the easier to use option — tea bags.
You can, but you won’t get the pretty swirls like you can with half & half.
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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
- Boil water.If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 180°F. Use filtered water if possible.
- Put tea bags into teapot and add hot water and steep for 5 minutes.Let cool.
- Combine half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.Stir to mix and set aside.
- Pour cooled butterfly pea flower tea into 2 cups filled with ice.
- Slowly pour in vanilla sweet cream into each cup.The sweet cream will swirl around then settle to the bottom, leaving a pretty gradient.