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!
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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
Look at that blue! Butterfly pea flower latte is a drink made with butterfly pea flowers and milk. I’ve made it iced and with half & half. You can use any milk you prefer but half & half creates the best swirls.
The blue comes naturally from the butterfly pea flower. You can use whole dried butterfly pea flowers or crushed flowers in tea bags, both will make the tea super blue in color.
What is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?
Butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal tea because it’s not really a tea.
For it to be a true tea, the tea leaves have to come from one specific type of plant: the camellia sinensis. Butterfly pea flower is NOT from the camellia sinensis plant but from the clitoria ternatea plant. (Nope, that’s not a typo, it’s really the name of the plant.)
Also known as a blue tea, butterfly pea flower tea is caffeine-free. The petals of the flower are a purplish blue and that’s where the blue color comes from.
Blue from the butterfly pea flower changes color to purple when the pH balance changes. Add in some lemon juice and the tea will magically change color to purple.
Where Can I Buy Butterfly Pea Flower Tea?
You can use either whole butterfly pea flowers or crushed flowers in tea bags to make a latte.
I’ve made tea using both the whole flowers and tea bags and it really tastes pretty much the same. I used tea bags for this latte since it’s easier to use with less mess.
What Does Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Taste Like?
Ok, this is a tough one. I really don’t like how butterfly pea flower tea tastes on its own.
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.
I never drink butterfly pea flower on its own. It’s best used when you’re using the tea for the color. Or if you’re mixing it with something else and make that other ingredient the dominant flavor.
I don’t love the taste of this drink but EVERYONE loves the way it looks, so here we are.
In my opinion, 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.
What I Used to Make This Butterfly Pea Flower Latte
How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Latte
Make butterfly pea flower tea.
Steep 2 tea bags of butterfly pea flower or 2 teaspoons of dried butterfly pea flowers in 2 cups of hot water for 5 minutes. Let cool.
The recommended water temperature is 212ºF but I steep it at 190ºF so I can cool it quicker for this iced drink. By the way, I don’t notice a difference in the tea flavor or the color by brewing it at 190ºF instead of 212ºF.
Combine half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
Stir to mix. Set aside.
Pour butterfly pea flower tea into 2 cups of ice.
Look at that gorgeous color!
Slowly pour in half & half mixture into each cup.
I add the vanilla extract and the sweetened condensed milk to add flavor to the drink.
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.
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 5 days.
- Try adding other sweeteners like honey instead of sweetened condensed milk.