A color changing cocktail made with b’lure Flower Extract from Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. will transition you perfectly with notes of strawberry, peach, and lemon.
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Happy First Day of Spring! With the change of the season I felt we should celebrate and have a little fun doing so. With those blustery blues escaping away to open up for the beautiful light purples and pinks of spring. I wanted to have a little cocktail experimentation fun and create a color changing cocktail that could morph from winter to spring with us by using b’lure Butterfly Pea Extract. This Spring Fever martini will not only be a feast for your eyes but give your taste buds floral notes of delicious Elderflower and the sweetness of strawberry and peach. I think it’s perfect for a garden party or a fun cocktail event! So class, open up your science books, we’re going for another cocktail experiment!
So how do we make a color changing cocktail? Today we’re using butterfly pea flower extract. Specifically, b’lure Flower Extract from Wild Hibiscus Co. You’ll remember the company from my New Year’s Eve post. Butterfly Pea Flower is a Thailand flower that can be dried out and still hold their blue color. Which allows them to be turned into an edible extract for food coloring!
So where does the color changing come in? When you mix acids with the extract it changes the color from blue to purple to pink. The more acid in a fruit or substance the closer to pink you get. For this cocktail I’m using lemon juice for a lavender/pink finish but you could use even more lemon juice to hit a much bright pink coloring. I just loved this purple, it really reminded me of my favorite spring tulips.
This martini is a delight of strawberries, peaches, elderflower and lemon that is refreshing like the spring sun is. It’s for sure going to give you all the spring fever vibes you can handle! Since we want to change the color of the cocktail after it’s been poured, we’re going to wait to add our acid to this recipe till the end. I also choose to add the b’lure Butterfly Pea Flower extract after the cocktail has been poured so I can see the color change, however you can add it into the cocktail shaker before you shake it.
Into a shaker filled to the top with ice add in strawberry vodka, peach schnapps, simple syrup, 6-7 drops of b’lure Flower Extract and elderflower liquor. Give it a hard shake for 20 seconds. Strain your blue cocktail into two coupes or two martini glasses, it will give you enough room to fill the drink with the lemon juice without overflow. In a shot glass add 1.5 ounces of lemon juice and serve along side your Spring Fever Martini. When you’re guest are ready slowly pour in the lemon juice and watch as the drink morphs colors right in front of you. Sip and enjoy!
A color changing martini using b'lure Butterfly Pea Flower extract with flavors of peach, strawberry, and elderflower.
- 4 ounces Strawberry Vodka
- 1 ounce Peach Schnapps
- 1 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 ounce Simple Syrup
- 6-7 drops b'lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract
- 3 ounces Lemon Juice
- To a shaker filled of the top with ice, add in your strawberry vodka, peach schnapps, elderflower liqueur, simply syrup, and b'lure extract. Give it a good shake for 20 seconds. Pour the cocktail between two chilled martini or coupe glasses. Serve with a shot glass filled with your lemon juice. When ready to change the color of your cocktail, pour lemon juice shooter into the glass. Color should instantly change. Sip and enjoy.
Don’t they look like gorgeous spring flowers? This cocktail is just a blast to create and even more fun to see in person. A lot like my Black Magic cocktail where the fun is not only in the sipping but also how the drink comes alive.
I hope you enjoyed learning another unique way to have fun with cocktails. I love getting to find new ways to bring fun experiments to this page and share them with you. If you have any suggestions for any other wild science in drinking you’d like me try, let me know down below! If you want to get your hands on color changing cocktails visit Wild Hibiscus Co.’s website to get their b’lure Flower Extract or shop straight from my site down below. It’s a lot of fun to try didn’t acids to get different colors. I know I have my fair share of experiments coming up with this!
Until next time, cheers!