The last several years have seen the revival of all things colorful, from gradient lips, to ombré hair, to even - yes - ombré layered drinks.
Notably, Starbucks has consistently been launching colorful, IG-worthy drinks on their secret menu, one of the latest peculiars being the Ombré Pink Drink. Also notably, some of the most popular Taiwanese chains as well as local mom & pop shops around the world – Cha Time, Boiling Point, Gong Cha, Sharetea, etc. – have been popularizing their own renditions of ombré, mood-changing drinks named the Twilight Series, Stardust in the Bottle, Galaxy Fantasy…
Today, we’ll be making an ombré, mood-changing drink that resembles some of the best Californian sunsets. The main ingredients will be butterfly pea tea and honey lemonade.
Butterfly pea tea is steeped from the butterfly pea flower, an ingredient often used as natural food coloring in Southeast Asian cuisines and eastern medicine. The benefits of the flower are described as memory-enhancing, stress-reducing, and anti-inflammatory. Alone, the tea steeped from it is almost tasteless. Acting as the water portion of lemonade recipes, it’s the perfect co-star to a romantic lookin’ drink. Note that the honey lemonade we’re making is no Minute-Maid. It’s much more potent. I don’t like to mess around when it comes to citruses.
Are you ready to make a drink that’s too pretty to drink? *Cue dad humor.*
Butterfly Pea Ombré Lemonade
- Butterfly pea flowers 1/10 ounces
- 1.5-2 large lemons
- Honey 2-3 tablespoons
- Boil 5 ounces of water.
- Steep the butterfly pea flowers for about 5 minutes or until it produces a dark blue color.
- Pop it in the freezer to cool down. This is an important step in creating the drink layers.
- Using a reamer, lemon squeezer, or citrus juicer, squeeze the lemons into juice.
- Mix honey into the lemon juice.
- Pop it in the freezer for a quick chill.
- Add a good amount of crushed ice to a serving glass and pour the honey lemonade concentrate over it. Add more crushed ice if needed to make sure there’s a thick protruding layer that can prevent the butterfly tea from mixing into the lemonade.
- Add ice to a martini shaker, pour in the butterfly tea, and shake.
- Carefully pour the butterfly tea onto the ice.
- Mix drink slightly for a soft gradient effect.
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