This 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.
Summer is the best time to make this magical drink. When the weather is hot, and all you’re craving is a cold, sugary sweet drink this will hit the spot.
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.
Making regular lemonade can be done in different ways. I suggest using fresh squeezed lemon with a touch of sweetener added.
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.
Did you know that butterfly pea tea was a medicinal tea in Sri Lanka? Schools often use it also for science experiments to enlighten children.
Butterfly Pea Magic
The colour changing lemonade uses the low pH from the butterfly pea powder mixture to transform the lemonade’s colour. You can see it change from blue to purple, and then to pink! This will leave you or anyone else enjoying the drink absolutely entranced by its captivating swirls.
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!
So this part is simple – you need to make the butterfly pea 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.
Once that’s prepared, along with the lemonade, you can start the recipe for color changing lemonade.
Colour Changing Lemonade Recipe
Colour Changing Lemonade
- 8 cups Water boiling
- 4 Tbsp butterfly pea powder
- 2 Cup lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 3 Tbsp sugar or honey
- Boil water, add the butterfly pea powder. Stir and refrigerate to cool completely.
- Fill tall glasses with ice and fill 3/4 way with chilled butterfly pea mixture.
- Stir your sweetener of choice into the lemon juice.
- Pour about 1/4 cup sweetened lemon juice into each glasses and watch the color change.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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.
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.
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.
Now you have the perfect summer drink recipe!