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
Look at that blue!
That pretty blue comes naturally from the butterfly pea flower.
Also known as a blue tea, butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal tea and caffeine-free. The petals of the flower are a purplish blue and that’s where the blue color comes from.
Why You’ll Love It
- Come on, it’s Instagram ready.
- It’s a unique drink like nothing you’ve had before.
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.
Lemonade or lemons taste the best with butterfly pea flower tea. The brightness from the lemons work well to mask the muskiness from the tea.
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My Butterfly Pea Flower Pick:
Questions You May Have
Is there caffeine?
No, there’s no caffeine at all.
Is this drink really not that great?
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.
I’m using dried butterfly pea flowers. How much do I use?
Replace the 2 tea bags with 2 teaspoons of dried flowers.
Why are you using tea bags for this recipe instead of loose tea?
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.
Can I use regular milk instead of half & half?
You can, but you won’t get the pretty swirls like you can with half & half.
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.
- Try adding other sweeteners like honey instead of sweetened condensed milk.
What You’ll Need
How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Latte
STEP 1: Boil water.
Boil water on the stovetop or using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. If using an electric kettle, set the water to 190ºF.
The recommended water temperature is 212ºF but I steep it at 190ºF so I can cool it quicker for this iced drink.
STEP 2: Put tea bags into teapot and add hot water and steep for 5 minutes.
STEP 3: Combine half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
Stir to mix. Set aside.
STEP 4: Pour cooled butterfly pea flower tea into 2 cups of ice.
Look at that gorgeous color!
STEP 5: Slowly pour in half & half mixture into each cup.
The trick to getting the swirls is to use half & half and make sure the cup is filled with ice.
Milk is too liquid-y and not as thick so it just goes straight to the bottom without creating pretty swirls.
The half & half will settle to the bottom leaving a very pretty gradient then turn the drink to a Tiffany blue color.
- Boil water.
If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 109°F.
(Filtered water is best.)
- Put tea bags into teapot and add hot water and steep for 5 minutes.
- 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 half & half mixture into each cup.
The half & half will swirl around then settle to the bottom, leaving a pretty gradient.