Butterfly pea flower cocktail

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Butterfly pea flower cocktail

Make this gorgeous butterfly pea flower cocktail for a refreshing drink with amazing color that's 100% natural! The wow factor is the flavor and dramatic color, and the subtle flavors of butterfly pea flowers with lemon juice come together in this floral cocktail recipe!

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Why you'll love this recipe:

  • It's made with butterfly pea tea which is beautiful and good for you and has impressive health benefits
  • It will make your party pop with it's gorgeous color, a mood enhancer indeed!
  • It's magical to watch the colors change! The visual effects are are so fun!
  • It's vibrant deep blue color turns purple naturally with no artificial colors, an all natural food coloring

make butterfly pea syrup for your garden party

Here at frolic and fare we love making flower infused syrups. There are many different types of edible flowers for syrups to choose from, and it is almost impossible not find one that suits your every need. From cocktails, mocktails or lemonades- there's something for everyone! Whether you've picked up some flowers from the store or grew your own in your edible flower garden, there's fun to be had. 

Other flower syrups on the blog:

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what makes butterfly pea flowers change colors?

It turns out that the rich, sapphire blue color of tea made from these flowers is due to it's antioxidant property anthocyanin, which give the plant its naturally vibrant hue. But when exposed to pH changes like those found in lemon juice or baking soda (both common household ingredients), they transform into vibrant magenta color.

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what are butterfly pea flowers?

The butterfly pea is a plant with interesting flowers that are native to southeast Asia. The vivid blue color of its petals makes for an aesthetically pleasing sight, and easy to identify because these flowers usually have very distinctive traits! You may recognize them for their vibrant blue hue.

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ingredients in this drink

BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER SYRUP

  • Dried butterfly pea flowers
  • Water
  • Sugar

BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER SYRUP COCKTAIL

Quantities are in the recipe below!

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how to make butterfly pea syrup

This 1:1 ratio is so simple, all it requires is 1 cup of water to 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of butterfly pea flowers. 

  1. In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and butterfly pea flowers until it comes to a simmer.
  2. Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
    Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)

how do butterfly pea flowers taste?

The flavor of this flower is akin to green tea, but very mild. It also has herbal and earthy undertones, but overall I find it has very minimal taste - making it perfect for those who don't enjoy strong floral tastes in their drinks. 

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Frequently asked questions:

where can i find butterfly pea flowers?

We live in west Asia, and purchased our organic butterfly pea flowers grown from http://www.yuzuagriculture.com at https://www.almarsa-gourmet.com. However, you can find dried butterfly pea flowers sold as tea all over the world. 

how long does butterfly pea flower simple syrup last for

Sugar is used in cooking as a preservative— think jams and jellies, which are also called preserves. So simple syrups have a decent shelf life, when prepared and stored properly: made with very hot water and stored in a sterile container in the refrigerator. A 1:1 simple syrup like this one lasts only one month when refrigerated.

how to store this syrup

 The recommended way to store simple syrup is to use an airtight container that's been sterilized.

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the recipe

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Butterfly pea flower cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Make this gorgeous butterfly pea flower cocktail for a refreshing drink with amazing color that's 100% natural! The wow factor is the flavor and dramatic color, and the subtle flavors of butterfly pea flowers with lemon juice come together in this floral cocktail recipe!

Ingredients

  • BUTTERFLY PEA SYRUP:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh butterfly pea flowers OR ½ cup dried butterfly pea flowers
  • COCKTAIL:
  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • 2 oz butterfly pea flower simple syrup
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • splash of tonic or sparkling water

Instructions

    Make your butterfly pea flower syrup:

    In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and butterfly pea flowers until it comes to a simmer.
    Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
    Remove from heat and let the liquid cool.
    Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)

    Make cocktail:

    In a tall glass of choice, add ice

    Pour in your simple syrup, then lemon juice and vodka or gin, top off with sparkling or tonic water

    Stir & Serve immediately

Notes

Store syrup inta jar with airtight lid for up to one month in your refrigerator

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 119Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mg

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