Coconut Butterfly Pea Flower Nectar
Butterfly pea flower is known for its bright blue hue and it is very eye-catching. It is magical, mystical and incredible at the same time. The flower is indigenous to Asia and is used in Thai cooking. The flowers are steeped in water and the blue dye releases and this can be used to make drinks or other preparations.
When you add any citrus juice such as lemon the color changes from blue to purple which is no short of magic. For this recipe I didn’t use citrus juice and let the blue hue shine on.
I always have the dried butterfly pea flower in my pantry and when I was a part of a summer drink collaboration on Instagram I immediately wanted to make use of this flower. I combined the liquid extract of the flower with coconut water and some soda, lo and behold, the result was remarkable. The taste was exceptional to say the least. It is a perfect thirst quencher for hot summer days. Coconut water is renowned for its health benefits like excellent hydration, helps lower blood pressure and has a lot of antioxidants and electrolytes.
Make this drink on hot summer days and share it with your family and friends!
1 12 oz glass
5 -10 minutes
- 4 oz coconut water
- 4 oz soda, any kind
- 2 tsp butterfly pea flowers
- ½ cup hot water
- 1-2 tsp sugar
- 1-2 blackberries
- Few pansies
- Lots of ice to serve
Steep the flowers in hot water for 15 minutes. Strain and discard the flowers. Add sugar and let it cool.
To make the drink- add coconut water, soda, blackberries, pansies and ice cubes. Mix lightly.
Pour 2-3 tsps of the extract carefully and do not stir. Let it settle on its own. The drink is ready to be served.
Notes: The drink can be easily made into a big batch.
There might be some leftover extract which can be refrigerated and used later.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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