I just found another way to infuse my life with blue (do you see what I did there?): I discovered this easy blue latte recipe, so keep reading if you want to learn how to make a butterfly pea flower latte. Spoiler: it’s super easy. I’m a huge fan of making my own tea lattes at home – remember my earl grey tea latte recipe? (basically a Starbucks London Fog dupe). I still have that exact same little handheld frother and it’s awesome. I gave up drinking coffee awhile ago – I even gave away my Keurig! So now if I want something warm and comforting, I reach exclusively for tea and tea latte recipes. My Mom works for a tea shop and one day she brought home this tiny bag of butterfly pea flowers. Turns out that’s the secret to making a blue latte – and also the starting ingredient for many moon milk recipes, which also add spices and adaptogens to help you sleep. I didn’t want to add any extras because I just wanted to enjoy my blue latte, so here’s my super simple blue latte recipe and some delicious photos of its beautiful blue hue.
Blue Latte Ingredients & Tools:
- Loose leaf butterfly pea flower tea (6 teaspoons – very loosely scooped)
- Tea ball or fillable tea bags for loose leaf tea
- 2 cup measuring cup (or bowl with spout)
- Hand held milk frother
- 2 cups of milk or your favorite non-dairy alternative
- 2 tsp. honey or your favorite sweetener
I used a really nice fillable tea bag with a drawstring top – you can find similar ones on Amazon or local tea shops. For my tea, I usually use a metal reusable strainer that fits into my tea pot, but for this it was easier to fill this bag and then I actually hung it from the handle of my pot and let it steep as I heated up the milk.
What is Butterfly Pea Flower?
If you’ve never seen it before, here is the dried butterfly pea flower. It’s very large, so 6 teaspoons sounds like a lot but it really isn’t because that’s like a blossom or two per teaspoon. You can also find this in powder form, but I think the flower is so pretty. It has been enjoyed for centuries in Southeast Asia as a vibrant herbal tea (and also as plant-based food and natural dye). That means it’s caffeine free, so great for an evening treat. I am always sceptical about claims, but apparently butterfly pea flower tea is a source of antioxidants and can help keep skin youthful looking! We’ll see, lol, because my skin is looking rough these days…
How to Make a Butterfly Pea Flower Latte:
- Heat the milk slowly (I don’t have a microwave, so I used my stove top and a pot)
- Steep until desired color is achieved (5-10 minutes – I steeped while I heated my milk)
- Pour into a 2 cup measure or bowl with spout and add the honey
- Froth with handheld milk frother
- Pour into two mugs and enjoy!
Butterfly Pea Flower Latte is Actually BLUE!
This blue latte is the prettiest color, I couldn’t stop photographing it. I didn’t know what to expect and how blue the milk would become. While it isn’t as boldly colored as my turquoise smoothie, this blue latte really is a gorgeous color. And the dried butterfly pea flower really is an effective colorant because I set the dried flowers on top of the drink, just for photos, and when I removed them they left a little dyed design behind so these flowers really color the milk blue. (Don’t top your drink with the dried flowers – I just did that because it looked so lovely in the photos).
What Does Butterfly Pea Flower Taste Like:
I made a blue latte without honey first, so I could best describe the taste. It has a very soft flavor – if this makes sense, it tastes the way it looks: soft, delicate, pastel. If pale blue had a flavor, this would be it. Okay, you probably want something more descriptive. It has a super mild floral flavor, but the taste is incredibly subtle and very soothing. I can see this being a really delightful bedtime drink because it is warm and soothing – with no caffeine. It’s definitely been a fun tea latte for me to make and this is my official holiday drink this year! In previous years I’ve made a slow cooker full of mulled wine or apple cider, but this year I want a sleepytime drink so I can just snooze through the next couple of weeks and wake up in the new year, feeling refreshed. That’s my current mood, lol. Cheers!
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Looking for More Holiday Drink Ideas and Recipes?
This week I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series! Today we are all sharing our holiday drink recipe ideas with you. Be sure to check out these fabulous recipes by clicking on the links below each image.
Low Carb Keto Homemade Eggnog at The Happy Housie
Cranberry Whisky Sour at Maison de Cinq
Bourbon Spritz Recipe at Place of My Taste
Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps at Craftberry Bush
Gingerbread Flavoured Coffee Syrup at The DIY Mommy
Christmas Morning Mimosas at This is Our Bliss
Ruby Red Grapefruit Punch at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Just Add Cinnamon Twist on Classic Hot Chocolate Mix at This is Simplicite
Christmas Sorbet Punch at Clean & Scentisible
Cranberry Raspberry Cocktail at Life is a Party
Blue Latte Recipe at Dans le Lakehouse
2 Step Mock Champagne Punch Recipe at Grace in My Space
Hot Chocolate Bar & Free Printables at the Handmade Home
Custom Soda Labels at Fynes Designs
Keto Sugar Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Tatertots & Jello
Deliciously Easy Holiday Eggnog at She Gave it a Go
Holiday Drink Recipe Ideas at Jennifer Maune
Homemade Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream at My Sweet Savannah
Sparkling Cranberry Cocktails at Finding Silver Pennies