Butterfly Pea Tea

Butterfly Pea Tea is a vibrant and visually stunning herbal beverage that originates from Southeast Asia. This tea is known for its natural ability to change color, turning from a beautiful blue tea to a gorgeous purple when combined with fresh lemon juice.

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Why we love this recipe

It is so pretty! The tea is made from dried flowers that are steeped in hot water to release their beautiful blue color.

Butterfly pea tea is believed to benefit your hair health. The flower contains a potent bioflavonoid called anthocyanin, which increases blood flow to the scalp. This blood flow leads to the strengthening of hair follicles, and hair growth. It may naturally darken hair, even reducing the growth of grey hair.

The same antioxidant mentioned above, anthocyanin, has been shown to help with tired eyes, enhance night vision, and generally protect the eyes from potential damage by increasing blood flow. As someone who works on a computer all day my eye health is important to me.

This tea also boasts a lovely flavor. It literally tastes like a floral lemonade.

A glass of blue butterfly pea flower tea on a coaster.


  • butterfly pea flowers – these can be purchased at a local tea shop or online. Even Amazon sells butterfly pea tea flowers.
  • water – we prefer to use filtered water and totally recommend this Propur Pitcher. It is so easy to use and really convenient.
  • lemon juice – this will change the color of the tea from blue to purple. Lime juice also works too. It will make the tea taste more like lemonade.
  • honey – optional – this is a natural sweetener if you like a sweet tea. You could also use maple syrup or granulated sugar.
A jar of butterfly pea flower tea with a teaspoon in it.


  • tea kettle – use a temperature-controlled kettle to boil water at the optimum temperature.
  • tea bags or a mesh strainer – you could also simply put the flowers directly into the teapot and use a small strainer when pouring the tea.
  • teapot


Step 1

First, start by boiling the water to brew the tea. Use water that is just below boiling point, around 190-200°F. Steeping it at the right temperature helps extract the delicate flavors and vibrant blue color effectively.

Step 2

Next, measure the flowers into your tea bag or mesh strainer. Use two teaspoons of the flower per one cup of water.

Place the bag into a teapot.

Step 3

Pour the boiling water over the prepared tea bags and steep for 3-5 minutes. You will see the water inside the pot start to turn blue.

A teapot on a counter.

Step 4

Meanwhile, juice the lemons.

The lemon juice is what makes this drink so magical by changing the color when you add it. We also prefer the flavor with the lemon juice.

A glass jar of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Step 5

Remove the teabag or mesh strainer from the pot.

Add sweetener to taste and pour in the lemon juice for the fun color change.

Step 6

For iced tea pop the pot into the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to chill it, then pour it over ice cubes before adding the lemon juice.

A glass of purple Butterfly pea tea.

Expert tip

Steep butterfly pea flower tea for 3-5 minutes to achieve a balanced flavor and color.

Similar to this Iced Green Tea recipe you want to avoid steeping it for too long as it may result in a bitter taste.

A glass with a purple drink garnished with a lemon.

Recipe variations

  • This tea can be served hot or cold.
  • For a tea latte, mix the warm tea with steamed milk and add a touch of sweetener or flavorings like vanilla or cinnamon for a cozy and creamy beverage.
  • Mix the brewed tea with fruit juices like pineapple, orange, or cranberry for a vibrant and non-alcoholic beverage. Garnish with fresh fruits or herbs for an extra pop of color and flavor.
  • Make it into a fun Mojito! Muddle fresh mint leaves with lime juice and sugar in a glass. Add crushed ice, butterfly pea flower tea, and a splash of soda water. Stir well and garnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.

Serving suggestions

  • Elevate the visual appeal by serving it in clear glassware or glass teapots.
  • Garnish with wheels of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Decorate glasses with a floating edible flower, such as pansies, hibiscus, or violets. This adds a touch of elegance and an extra burst of color to your tea.
  • Freeze the tea into ice cube trays and use them to add a stunning blue hue to water or other drinks.
  • Use this blue flower tea as a natural food coloring! Perfect for blue and purple Easter eggs.
A glass of iced butterfly pea tea.


Where is butterfly pea flower tea from?

This tea originates from Southeast Asia. It is particularly popular in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, where the flowers of the Clitoria ternatea plant are native.

Does butterfly pea flower tea have caffeine?

No, this tea is naturally caffeine-free, making this herbal tea a great choice for those who are sensitive to or avoiding caffeine.

What are the health benefits of butterfly pea flower tea?

There are many! This tea is rich in antioxidants, which can help fight oxidative stress in the body which may combat cancer cells. It is also believed to have properties that have the potential to reduce inflammation. This tea may also aid in alleviating nausea and indigestion.
However, be careful to enjoy this drink in moderation as there have been some cases of side effects such as an upset stomach.

Storage tips

Store the brewed tea in a covered pitcher or teapot in the fridge. Enjoy it within 24-48 hours for the best taste and visual appeal.

A glass with a brilliant blue drink in it over ice.

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Butterfly Pea Tea

Sharon Rhodes
Butterfly Pea Tea is a vibrant and visually stunning herbal beverage that originates from Southeast Asia. This tea is known for its natural ability to change color, turning from a beautiful blue tea to a gorgeous purple when combined with fresh lemon juice.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 7 kcal



  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • Meanwhile, place the butterfly pea flowers into a tea bag or mesh strainer. Place the bag in a teapot.
  • Pour the boiling water over the tea bag and steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bag and discard. Add the sweetener to taste.
  • Pour the tea into a mug and enjoy. For iced tea place the pot in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour, then pour over ice cubes.
  • Pour the lemon juice over the brewed tea to change the color from blue to purple and to add a citrus taste to the drink.



Store the brewed tea in a covered pitcher or teapot in the fridge.
Enjoy it within 24-48 hours for the best taste and visual appeal.


Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.02gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 10mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 0.5IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword butterfly pea flower tea, butterfly pea tea
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  1. 5 stars
    This tea has the most stunning presentation – the color! It’s amazing and all natural without food coloring. Plus, the flavor is sweet and refreshing, just like I like.

  2. 5 stars
    Always happy for an excuse to drink a refreshing non-alcoholic drink on a hot summer’s day – and this fit in perfectly!

  3. 5 stars
    I found this recipe, and bought some of the flowers just a few days after, because I knew I had to make it! It came out so beautiful, with an ombre unlike any other drink I have made, and I absolutly love the light earthy flavour of the flowers combined with the lemon! This was so delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This is so gorgeous, both with and without the added citrus! But I do love the flavor when you add a little lemon juice – so yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    Not only is this tea oh-so flavorful, it’s absolutely stunning when you make it! Can’t wait to make it again this week.

  6. 5 stars
    Oh wow, Sharon! This tea look spectacular and it tastes fabulous. This is my first time having butterfly pea tea. It is delicious. Will be making it again soon.

  7. 5 stars
    This was my first foray into butterfly pea tea and it won’t be the last. The color and flavor were so wonderful. I’ll for sure be making this at my next summer tea.

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