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The Butterfly Pea Flower Tea & the bartender’s challenge!
13 Jan 2019

Butterfly pea flower or leaf tea is derived from a plant, common to most South East Asian countries. Brewed for centuries but only recently been introduced to tea drinkers outside the indigenous area. 

For example in Thailand and Vietnam, the butterfly blue pea flower tea is commonly mixed with honey and lemon for a drink usually served after dinner, or as a refreshment at hotels and spas. The tea is found in both hot and cold varieties, where the cold version is often mixed with honey, mint, cinnamon, passion fruit, and ginger.




Butterfly pea flower tea retains many of the medicinal properties while it extracts the deep blue color of the petals that has made the plant a popular dye for centuries. 

Trendy aspect when added to liquid, is the fact that the liquid changes color based on the pH level of the substance added to it. When you add lemon juice to the tea  it will turn purple. This makes it an attractive ingredient in the cocktails. Bartenders are increasingly introducing it as by just adding a lemon slice in front of the guests it creates an interactive color-changing experience. Another method is to freeze the tea into ice cubes and add them to drinks, causing swirling color changes as the cubes melt.



Teas are believed to treat illnesses and supplement nutrition. The butterfly pea flower has some nutritional values when added to drinks

1. When steeped the butterfly pea flower releases antioxidants much like green tea. Antioxidants help your body lower risk of infections, and is great for your heart health.

2. Butterfly pea tea is known for its beautiful colors but funnily enough what’s less known is its ability to preserve beauty. The blue flower has been studied to show that it helps combat wrinkles and protects your skin from premature aging.

3. Feeling a headache coming on? Butterfly pea tea is proven to help alleviate pain through its analgesic properties.

4. Fights internal inflammation. The tea helps reduce inflammation in the body as well as symptoms such as breakouts or rashes.

5. The flower has also been known to revitalize the brain. With an onset of nutrients and energizing properties, the flower helps brain health while keeping you feeling energized.


BARTENDER’S CHALLENGE – Calling all bartenders!

1. Create a cocktail using the Butterfly Pea flower.

2. Email the recipe,  a photo of the drink, your own photo, name and address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The recipes will be reviewed by 5 mixologists from 5 different countries and the winner will get a full presentation on as well as a surprise!

Final date for submissions 31rst of March 2019.


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