Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade

a photo of lemon being squeezed into a glass of butterfly pea flower tea lemonade
This Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade drink is naturally purple because it is made with butterfly pea flower tea, a caffeine-free herbal tea. The tea is derived from the leaves of the butterfly pea plant that is common to South East Asia. It’s a fun and refreshing drink to serve with dessert or at a party. You can also make a cocktail version by adding alcohol.

I was introduced to Butterfly Pea Flower Tea a few weeks ago at the new dessert shop Cake de Partie. I had never had it before but loved the natural purple color. After some research, I found the tea on Amazon. Of course I had to buy it!

a package of organic dried butterfly pea
When the tea is brewed, it’s a really deep indigo blue color. But when you add lemon juice it changes the pH level and it starts to turn purple. I’m all about purple drinks.
a top-down photo of 2 glasses of butterfly pea flower tea lemonade
a close-up of a glass of Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade with someone about to squeeze lemon into it

This drink is so easy to whip up. You just need to brew the tea and add sugar and lemon juice. I plan on serving a cocktail version at my next house party. I also can’t wait to experiment with the tea for desserts, as I love the idea of being able to create colorful desserts using natural colors.

two glasses of Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade garnished with lemon slices

If you’re looking for other ways to dress up drinks and cocktails you might like my Edible Flower Ice Cubes.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2
Butterfly pea flower tea lemonade is a naturally purple and refreshing drink.
Print Recipe


  • 2 cups boiling hot water
  • 6 tsp butterfly pea flower tea (see note)
  • fresh lemon juice from 1 medium lemon
  • honey or sugar to taste
  • ice


  1. Add tea to hot water and cover surface to retain heat. Allow tea to seep a few minutes until the water turns a deep shade of blue. 
  2. You can leave the tea leaves in or remove. Stir in lemon juice and add sugar or honey to taste. Serve over ice.


  • I buy butterfly pea flower tea on Amazon.