How to: Blue tée – Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

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Hello and Happy Thursday!

I love to try new things and when I found out about Blue Tée I had to try it. I am not a big tea drinker but I do enjoy my cup of Winder Castle English Breakfast Tea every morning. Blue Tée is something special, something not only for the taste but also for the eye. With its mild flavor and this awesome bright blue color this tea works great in cocktails or just for a wow-effect. A friend visited me the other day and I made a pot of Blue Tée and she was amazed and loved it. Even Petit Joel tried a sip just because “it changes to reeeeed”. Picky Eater. This tea is also very high in Anthocyanin Antioxidants. Enjoy some insights and pictures of my recent tea ceremony. Stay a while and drink a cup. 

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What is Blue Tée?

“Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) is a climbing vine native to Thailand. Its vivid blue flowers have been used int rational food and medicine for centuries. Traditionally served as a special iced tea to welcome guests in Thailand called Nam Dok Anchan. It is made how with 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, allowed to cool & served over ice. When the lemon juices is added it magically changes color from vivid blue to royal purple! If you add more lemon it will turn bright pink. This color change is from the powerful Anthocyanin Antioxidants which change color depending on acidity. In water, they are bright blue, in sour drinks they are bright pink. You can learn more online www.b-lure.comIn Thai herbal medicine Butterfly Pea is used for improving memory, circulation & eyesight. The floral extract is also used to color rice, deserts and crepes. This butterfly pea is sourced from a family owned farm in central Thailand where it is lovingly grown using traditional techniques without the use of pesticides or chemicals”.

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When the lemon is added you will see the tea magically change from vivid blue to royal purple. If you add more lemon it will turn bright pink! Adjust honey/sugar to taste.

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Are there different options to drink this tea? 

You bet! There are so many. I tried both recipes described on the tea box. You can even color rice with blue tée. And freeze the tea and use it as ice cubes. The traditional recipe: 

Nam Dok Anchan

Add tea bag to 1 cup boiled water

Add 1/2 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

 Blue Ice

Infuse 2 teabags in 250 ml hot water, allow to cool. Add to ice tray and freeze. Add lemon and watch the blue ice melt to pink. Great for lemonades, mojitos or any other cocktails.

 

You wonder that this vivid color cannot be achieved through sun dried butterfly pea flowers (Clitoria ternatea) alone? Read more about the tea and order here if you are inspired. They claim to be 100% organic and use 100% pure butterfly pea flowers! You can also order the Liquid flower extract. Just add a few drops to your drink. Flavor and Color your water of cocktails. Enjoy! 

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