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Toasting Summer Goodbye: Butterfly Pea Lemonade Recipe

JUNIPER and YU

Posted on September 30 2019

butterfly pea lemonade with lime slices

 

What better way to celebrate any occasion than with a magical, color-changing toast? You may have already seen or heard about the Butterfly pea plant and if you haven’t, you’re in for a special treat. Before we dive straight into the recipe, here’s a bit of a backstory of these beautiful plants.

 

History 

The Butterfly pea plant, also known as Asian pigeonwings are flowering vines native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. The vines produce gorgeous indigo blue and violet wildflowers that have long been cultivated for hundreds of years due to their many beauty and wellness benefits. Loaded with antioxidants, the Butterfly pea plant helps boost your immune system, slows down premature aging, and keeps your skin clear and radiant. 

These little flowers are not only used for cooking, but they’re also harvested, dried and made into an herbal tea. When steeped, these flowers produce beautiful hues of blue and when there’s a change in the water’s pH level (adding lemon juice/lemonade), the colors transform from a deep blue to rich shades of purple and magenta. 

 

What’s it taste like?

Butterfly pea flowers have no distinct taste but “earthy” would be the best word to describe its flavor.  Since it doesn’t have much flavor, it’s common to add sweeteners, like sugar or honey but if adding sweeteners to your tea isn’t your thing, you can definitely do without it. 

 

Hurry! I want to learn how to make it!

Most butterfly pea tea recipes you’ll find online call for additional steps but we like to keep things simple over here. Instead of steeping dried Butterfly pea flowers, we use a powder version that’s 100% pure (and easier to use). 

 

Here’s our super easy recipe that you can make at home in less than 5 minutes!

 

butterfly pea lemonade recipe

 

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