Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade - making it a variety of ways

                              


Butterfly-pea flower tea commonly known as Blue Tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea made from the flower petals or even whole flower of the Clitoria ternatea plant.

What is the Butterfly Pea Flower??  See what I found below from https://www.majesticherbs.com/clitoria-ternatea-blue-butterfly-pea-flowers-benefits/
"Are you suffering from low energy or brainpower? Feeling stressed? Anxiety? Can’t sleep? Can’t conceive? Constipated? Poor eyesight? Losing your hair or premature greying? Is your skin losing collagen?
Butterfly Pea is known to help.
Also known as Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea, Cordofan Pea and Darwin pea, ‘Butterfly Pea’ (Clitoria ternatea) is an amazing brain boosting herb native to tropical equatorial Asia."

This tea is super easy to make.  You make it like any other herbal tea.  And it turns out this beautiful blue color.  

To make the tea I took 8 teaspoons of the butterfly pea blossoms and put them with hot water and no sugar- since I was adding lemonade to it.   I let it steep for about 10 minutes.

The tea by itself does not have a ton of flavor.  Next time I may add fresh mint to it.  There is no hint of floral taste, if anything it is more earthy.


By adding lemonade to the tea it turns it a beautiful purple color.  You would think that indigo and yellow would make green- but nope!  You get purple!


It is delicious!!!!


SECOND WAY:

Second time I made it I added mint tea from my garden....




I took 6- 8 tsp of the butterfly flowers and some mint and I made the tea.  I added the boiling water to the pitcher, let it steep and then took the tea bags out.


I then made a pitcher of lemonade.

I just poured half tea and half lemonade into my cup.  It worked well and I liked the addition of the mint.



THIRD WAY:

The third time I made it I added lavender to the butterfly blossoms.  This might have been my favorite!!!


Put the lavender and butterfly blooms in the pitcher.  Added the boiling water.  Let steep for 10 minutes or so, then pulled out the tea bags, and then filled with cold water.


I love the color!!!!



FOURTH WAY:

I tried adding Faygo Lemon/Lime seltzer water to the tea.  It turned colors, but I did not care for the taste.  I am sticking with lemonade!


I think I will call it Lavender Love!!!!  

6-8 teaspoons of butterfly pea blossoms
fresh mint
lavender
make the tea and add lemonade


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