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butterfly pea lemonade

Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade- the most beautiful color changing lemonade you need to make!  Loose leaf butterfly pea flowers steeped in warm water poured overtop hand-juiced lemons and sweetened with a butterfly pea flower syrup for a vibrantly refreshing lemonade.  Bright and sour fresh squeezed lemons paired with mellow indigo blue tea all sweetened with a homemade simple syrup for the perfect balance. 

butterfly pea lemonade


The indigo blue steeped tea transforms into this beautiful shade of purple when it hits the freshly squeezed lemons and it’s super easy to make! Simply brew the tea and squeeze some lemons. We add an extra punch of blue by making a butterfly pea simple syrup but this step is completely optional and the lemonade could be sweetened with some old fashioned refined sugar or even a standard simple syrup and agave. As long as some sweetener is mixed in to counter the tangy and sour punch from the lemons. 


steeped butterfly pea flowers


These little blue flowers serve many purposes, but the most common uses are for loose leaf steeped tea and natural food coloring. It has a beautiful color changing ability to transform from blue to pink/purple and ombre. In this recipe and for any cocktails, tea, lattes the flowers are added to hot water. As it steeps it begins to slowly bleed it’s blue color into the water turning a striking shade of blue. We like to use Suncore which we purchase off Amazon. Butterfly Pea Flower. They have tons of products which are great for so many fun color popping recipes and infused mixes. If you want to use this for natural food coloring we recommend going with the powdered version for baked goods, breads, pasta making. 

butterfly pea lemonade

There’s a lot of talk out there that there are health benefits from consuming this floral tea. Similar to how consumers drink green tea- for weight loss and digestion control. From what we gather, butterfly pea flower tea has similar effects and contains antioxidants, it relaxes the nerves, fights stress and helps with skin tone. While those all sound great- who knows how much of this it will actually give off. Why we like this tea is because it’s caffeine free which is great because we don’t always need to get buzzed haha! The most obvious is for it’s blue hue, and it is a pretty neutral tasting tea which makes it ideal for drink pairings because it won’t overpower the other components. So, to recap, we’re here for the cool hues and gorgeous transformation when it hits that soft yellow lemon juice and starts to turn into this vibrant shade of purple. 

butterfly pea lemonade


butterfly pea lemonade

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Butterfly pea lemonade

Butterfly pea flower steep tea mixed with hand-juiced lemons and sweetened with a butterfly pea flower syrup for a vibrantly refreshing lemonade.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Servings: 4
Author: the communal feast


  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup loose leaf butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 1/2 cups lemons juiced
  • ice
  • Sugar rim optional
  • Butterfly pea syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 TBS butterfly pea flowers loose


  • To make the syrup: Bring sugar and water to a slow boil. Reduce to simmer once boiling and cook until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the loose tea and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a glass jar or glass bottle. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Steep loose tea flowers in boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes until the water turns a deep blue. Stir and remove the flowers from the tea. Allow to cool slightly for lemonade or chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • To make the lemonade: rim glass in sugar and fill with ice. Divide the squeezed lemon juice amongst the glasses (3 oz/per glass), add 3-4oz of the simple syrup overtop. Adjust level of sweetness to preferences, finish by topping with the cooled butterfly pea tea. Enjoy!


butterfly pea lemonade


July 1, 2021


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