Learning how to make butterfly pea flower syrup will make your party pop! The bright colors of this drink adds instant flower magic on ice. The brewed tea mixed with sugar creates a sweet syrup that is perfect for color changing lemonade, cocktails, like this butterfly flower cocktail, and more.
Make flower simple 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:
We have a whole list of Botanical simple syrups, and some reader favorites are:
What are butterfly pea flowers?
The butterfly pea (clitoria ternatea) is a plant with interesting flowers that are native to 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.
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.
ingredients in butterfly pea syrup
- Dried or fresh butterfly pea flowers
Quantities are in the recipe below!
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 dried or fresh butterfly pea flowers.
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.
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.
how long does 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.
Butterfly pea flower syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh butterfly pea flowers OR ½ cup dried butterfly pea flowers
- 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)