Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte

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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 Lattes in 2 glasses with black straws.

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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Iced Latte

Milk added to butterfly pea flower tea makes a drink an iced tea latte. There’s no caffeine or coffee in this drink but adding milk to tea makes it a tea latte.

Butterfly pea flower tea is sold as loose tea or in tea bags. Loose butterfly pea flowers are whole, dried flowers. Butterfly pea flowers tea bags are flowers that have been crushed into small bits.

Loose, whole butterfly pea flowers are better quality than tea bags but for recipes where you’re adding milk and sugar, you don’t need the highest quality so it’s best to use tea bags, which are easy to clean up.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal tea and this drink is caffeine-free.
  • The blue color comes naturally from the purplish blue petals of the butterfly pea flower. It’s also known as blue tea.
  • Homemade vanilla sweet cream sweetens and flavors the drink while making the deep blue drink a pretty Tiffany blue color.
  • The perfect drink to serve at Persy Jackson-themed parties (the character loves blue) or baby showers.
  • The recipe makes a 16 ounce drink.

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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 changes the color from blue to purple). The brightness from the lemons work well to mask the muskiness from the tea but for a tea latte, you can’t add lemon juice.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients to make an Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte.
  • Butterfly pea flower tea bags: It’s much easier to use tea bags for this recipe than loose tea since there’s no need to strain the tea after steeping.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Condensed milk with the half & half is the secret to making the pretty swirls in the blue drink. It also sweetens the drink.
  • Half & half: This is what thins out the condensed milk to make it pourable.
  • Vanilla extract: I consider vanilla extract a flavor enhancer and it adds a little more depth of flavor to the drink. It’s not an essential ingredient though, so you can leave it out if you don’t have it handy.
  • Water: Use filtered water whenever possible to make tea.
  • Ice: It’s a good idea to make ice with filtered water for a better tasting drink.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Steeping butterfly pea flower tea in hot water in a teapot.

Step 1: Steep butterfly pea flower tea bags in hot water. Take out tea bags and set aside to cool.

Pouring sweetened condensed milk into a measuring cup with half & half.

Step 2: Combine half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract to make the vanilla sweet cream.

Pouring blue tea into a cup with ice.

Step 3: Fill a cup with ice and pour in the cooled down blue tea.

Pouring milk mixture into a cup with blue tea and ice.

Step 4: Slowly pour in the vanilla sweet cream and watch it create pretty swirls.

Tea Sommelier’s Tips

  • 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.
  • If using loose butterfly pea flowers, use 1 ½ teaspoons of butterfly pea flower tea instead of 1 tea bag.
  • 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 for 2 days.
  • The butterfly pea flower tea can also be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for about 4 days.

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in butterfly pea flower tea?

No, there’s no caffeine at all.

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, which are the 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.

Pouring milk mixture into a cup with blue tea and ice.

If you tried this Butterfly Pea Flower Latte recipe, please leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star rating and let me know how you like it in the comments below.

4.66 from 79 votes

Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte

By: Jee Choe
Gorgeous iced blue tea latte made with dried butterfly pea flowers and homemade vanilla sweet cream.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Boil water.
    Use water that is at slow boil, not boiling hot 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.
    Set aside and let cool.
  • Make sweet vanilla cream by combining half & half, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Stir to mix.
  • Pour cooled butterfly pea flower tea into a cup with ice. Slowly pour in the vanilla sweet cream.
    The sweet cream will swirl around then settle to the bottom, leaving a pretty gradient.

Video

Notes

  • If using loose butterfly pea flowers, use 1 ½ teaspoons of butterfly pea flower tea instead of 1 tea bag.
  • I consider vanilla extract a flavor enhancer and it adds a little more depth of flavor to the drink. It’s not an essential ingredient though, so you can leave it out if you don’t have it handy.
  • 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.
  • 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 for 2 days.
  • The butterfly pea flower tea can also be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for about 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 181Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 187mgSugar: 15gVitamin A: 339IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 0.1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    OMG!
    “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 can’t stop laughing. Thank you so much.
    Cheers,
    Laura

  2. You are amazing! I have never heard of a tea sommelier but my goodness you are good at it! Can’t wait to read up on all things tea and try some of your recipes. Thank you! <3

  3. 5 stars
    “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.” That’s exactly what it tastes like! LOL! An acquired taste for sure but I do like the mental imagery of brewing a fantastical frothy woodsy drink 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Looks beautiful and thank you for being honest about the flavour 😀 I have looked everywhere and no one mentions the taste!

  5. Hi Jee,

    I was wondering where you get this glass cup and pitcher? they are so nice!
    Thank you!
    angela

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Jee !
    I saw this post on Pinterest, after a research on the butterfly pea flower !
    So I bought this dried flower and I just made the infusion!
    O
    M
    G
    it’s so concentrated in color it’s beautiful!
    I’ll make your drink but vegan version.
    THANK you for the great idea.
    Its just wow !

  7. Why didnt you mention that when you add lemon or any other acid to the tea it MAGICALLY changes from deep blue to a gorgeous magenta color ? That’s the best part of the whole blue tea making process ! For parties I make the tea ahead of time and separately make a lemon syrup (just boil lemon juice with sugar to taste, I use 1 c. lemon juice w 1 c. sugar. Boil until its thickened a bit). Then once guests arrive, I serve them tea in a pretty glass cup and add a few teaspoons of the lemon syrup. Instead of the blue to milky blue swirls you get deep blue to bright purple/pink swirls ! Talk about Instagram ready ! Another option is to use a nice sweet fruity vinegar, like a 25 Star balsamic (a strawberry white balsamic unlike any vinegar you have had before, so tangy and fruity I add it to drinks and even to ice cream ! I buy mine at BARRONS , but you can also order online from other sellers). I just wanted to share this with your readers, as it’s a fun drink to experiment with, especially loved by my kids !