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This magic colour changing lemonade recipe might be the closest thing you’ll ever get to real-life magic. It is often called galaxy lemonade for its mesmerizing, beautiful colours. This butterfly pea recipe makes the perfect refreshing drink – either for yourself or to serve – that tingles your senses and is ideal for all ages.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

Summer is the best time to make this magical color changing lemonade drink. When the weather is hot, and all you’re craving is a cold, sugary sweet drink this magic lemonade will hit the spot.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

Watching the colour change while making this magical concoction is half the fun! No food colouring is needed as the secret ingredient to achieve the deep blue colour is blue pea flowers. The colour transforms with all natural ingredients. It really is a magical ingredient!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

The trick behind this galactic magic comes from the butterfly pea powder, which might have come as a surprise to you! This butterfly pea powder essential to create the look and taste of color changing lemonade. However, you’ll need to actually make the lemonade first.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

Making regular lemonade can be done in different ways. I suggest using fresh squeezed lemon with a touch of sweetener added.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

If you want to try an alternative to this recipe below, you can make special ice cubes. You can use the butterfly pea powder mixture to make ice cubes for colour changing lemonade. However, that is just an option.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

Did you know that butterfly pea tea was a medicinal tea in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka? Schools often use it also for science experiments to enlighten children. This special ingredient is an integral part of this fun recipe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

Butterfly Pea Magic

The drink that changes colour with lemon uses the low pH from the butterfly pea powder mixture to transform the lemonade’s colour. You can see the lemon mixture change from blue to purple, and then to bright pink! This will leave you or anyone else enjoying the drink absolutely entranced by its captivating swirls. Non-alcoholic colour changing drinks are the perfect special drink for kids.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. Transform the colour of this drink with butterfly pea flower powder as the special ingredient.

And the next trick? It’s the citric acid in the lemonade that triggers this essential color change. Hence, the name colour changing lemonade, of course! Watching as the color transforms with this secret ingredient is quite amazing to see the first time. It is such a fun drink and an easy recipe to try.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

So this part is simple – you need to make the butterfly pea flower tea. You can steep butterfly pea flowers in water first, using tea bags, or you can try the same Blue Butterfly Pea Supercolor Powder that I used with water. You can use either the powder or the butterfly pea flower tea bags.

Once that’s prepared, along with the lemonade, you can start the recipe for non-alcoholic color changing lemonade.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

While you can make a slushie-style drink, my personal preference for this recipe is to keep it iced rather than crushed into a slushie.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

You’ll add the lemon syrup first with some soda and regular ice. Then, top it off with the magical butterfly pea tea ice cubes that you pre-made and delight in the beautiful colour transformation! You can finish it off with a hint of alcohol if you’re in need of a pick-me-up (adults-only, of course!), and then stir to let the colours swirl around even more.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

Voila! You’ve made your very own wizardry concoction. No, seriously, this does look like some sort of potion spell. The swirling change of colours is mind-blowing, and I bet you won’t be able to resist trying it the moment you’ve put it all together.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Butterfly Pea Powder?

Butterfly Pea Powder is made from the dried and powdered flowers of the Butterfly Pea Plant. Its flowers have been used in Asia for centuries to create natural pigments as well as herbal teas.

Do I have to use crushed ice?

ough you can definitely use cubed ice, crushed ice (or even shaved ice) allows for the best layering.

Can I use a different sugar for sweetened lemon juice?

Raw and coconut sugars are great substitutes for granulated sugars but note that coarser granules will take longer to dissolve. Honey is also a good substitute.  You can do a 1:1 substitution with any of these options.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for magic colour changing lemonade. This blue, purple and pink summer lemon drink is non-alcoholic but refreshing.

Colour Changing Lemonade Recipe

5 from 8 votes

Colour Changing Lemonade

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This magic color changing lemonade recipe might be the closest thing you'll ever get to real-life magic. This butterfly pea recipe makes a very refreshing drink that colour transforms with a secret ingredient.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water:

For the sweetened lemon juice:

  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed, juice from about 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water

For the Color-Changing Lemonade:

  • lemon juice , sweetened
  • ice, crushed
  • 6 Tablespoons Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water, divided
  • Lemon twist or lemon wheel, for garnish

Instructions 

For the Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water:

  • To a small saucepan, bring water over boil over high heat. Remove from heat and add Butterfly Pea Flower powder. Whisk until dissolved
  • Transfer into heatproof container. Allow to come to room temperature (about 1 hour) before using or refrigerating.

For the sweetened lemon juice:

  • While the Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water is cooling, add lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water, and sugar (or sweetener of choice) to a mixing glass.  Stir and place in refrigerator until Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water has reached room temperature.

For the Color-Changing Lemonade:

  • Remove sweetened lemon juice from refrigerator and re-stir to assure that sugar has completely dissolved. Pour sweetened lemon juice into a highball glass. Fill glass about ¾ of the way with crushed ice.
  • Shake or stir Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water as separation can occur over time. Over the ice, add 3 tablespoons (1½-ounces) of Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water.
  • Fill the remainder of the glass with ice, topping it off with another 3 tablespoons of Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water. Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wheel, if desired.

Notes

The Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water can be made ahead of time, stored in an airtight container, and refrigerated to up to 5 days. Be sure to shake or stir before serving.  Refrigerate sweetened lemon juice for up to 2 days. If you want to layer your lemonade, as pictured, keep the lemon juice and Butterfly Pea Flower-infused water separate until serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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Now you have the perfect summer drink recipe! Add this colour changing drink into your beverage rotation and you won’t be disappointed

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. 5 stars
    This limonade was refreshing and so beautiful with all the colors. I never used butterfly pea flower powder but it looks fancy. When guests are coming will be a nice drink to give.