Do you want to surprise your guests with purple or pink cocktails or even color-changing cocktails? We'll show you how - without any artificial colors!
Butterfly Pea Tea
The secret ingredient, from which you can get several wonderful colors, is called Butterfly Pea Tea or butterfly blossom tea. This is made from the petals of the plant of the same name, which is native to Africa and Southeast Asia. The natural color of the tea is a beautiful cobalt blue. It is traditionally served with honey and lemon over ice and has a taste reminiscent of black or green tea.
How do you dye gin blue?
To infuse gin with Butterfly Pea Tea, just add 2-3 tablespoons of the tea to a gin bottle. After just a few minutes the gin turns blue. As soon as it has reached the desired color (approx. 15-20 minutes) you strain the tea out again et voila!
Cocktails with a wow factor
If you use Butterfly Pea Tea as an ingredient when mixing, you can create colorful cocktails with a wow effect. Depending on the pH value of the other cocktail ingredients with which the tea is associated, it changes color from blue to purple to pink. If you add lemon or lime juice, the drink turns pink to pink and when combined with tonic water it turns purple. When combined with hibiscus flowers, however, it turns bright red. This is something to be proud of! So when you mix drinks for your guests, make a show of it so they can experience the color spectacle.
We have two cocktail recipes for you with which you will experience your blue miracle. Get behind the bar with you!
5 cl Butterfly Pea Tea Infused THE DUKE Rough Gin
3 cl Vermouth
1 Dash Campari
Pour the infused gin and vermouth into a tumbler filled with ice and stir. Top with a dash of Campari and garnish with an orange zest. Caution: The more Campari you add, the more the color of the drink changes to light red.
Pink Gin Rickey
6 cl Butterfly Pea Tea infused THE DUKE Munich Dry Gin
Juice of half a lime
1 cl sugar syrup (optional)
First, squeeze the juice of half a lime into a highball glass filled with ice. Then add infused gin and possibly sugar syrup and stir. Top up with tonic water and garnish with a lime zest.