Great for Mixologists or Specialty Cocktails - How To Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Blue lemonade is delicious and refreshing homemade lemonade, made with blue Butterfly Pea Flower blossoms and adding fresh lemons.
Enjoy this delicious and refreshing homemade lemonade, made with dried butterfly pea flower blossoms and freshly squeezed lemons.
What Are Butterfly Pea Flowers?
Also known by its scientific name, Clitoria ternatea, the butterfly pea is a plant native to Asia. Butterfly pea flower tea, commonly known as blue tea, is a caffeine-free herbal tea, or tisane, beverage made from a decoction or infusion of the flower petals or even whole flower of the Clitoria ternatea plant.
This lemonade recipe is a blue colored tea which is actually a non-caffeinated Tisane, made from the infusion of plant material in hot water. This tea is all-natural, with deep roots in the cultures of Thailand and Malaysia. The butterfly pea flower is used in many ways, including baking, cooking, drinking, health products, shampoos, and even decorating in some Asian cultures. It also has been utilized in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
When the acidity of the pea flower tea changes, the color changes as well. This quality makes butterfly pea flower a popular ingredient among mixologists for specialty cocktails
The tea is not very flavorful on its own, so it really needs the fresh citrus for an added flavor boost of flavor.
How To Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Boil one and a half cups of water
Add a heaping tablespoon of dried butterfly pea flower blossoms
Steep for 3-5 minutes, until it turns bright blue
Strain the tea
Flavor with citrus wedges
Feel free to use the sweetener of choice, if desired.