Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade (Nam Dok Anchan)

Butterfly Pea Tea Lemonade (Nam Dok Anchan) Recipe

By Peanut Palate

🔪Prep Time: 30 mins


⅓ cup xylitol (healthier sweetener) or granulated sweetener (eg. white sugar) use only a white color sweetener (eg. white sugar or xylitol). A dark sweetener like brown sugar will make the color look off.

⅓ cup water

1 tsp butterfly pea powder

6-8 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice sub: freshly squeezed lemon or grapefruit juice

4 cups water You can use fizzy water if you want to serve this at a party. It looks a lot cooler!



1To make the sugar syrup, add the xylitol (or white sugar), ⅓ cup water and butterfly pea powder to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, constantly stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Then turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Once it has thickened into a syrup and has cooled down, you can use it in your drink. (If you use the sugar syrup while it is still very hot, it could make your glass crack with the temperature change of the hot syrup and the cold ice. It'll also melt the ice quicker).

2To prepare the drink, pour ice into 6 cups, along with water in each. Pour the sugar syrup over top and stir. This will make it blue!

3Now to make it purple, add in the lime juice, 1 tsp at a time into each cup and stir. The more lime juice, the more purple it will become. You can do it this in each cup separately if you want to control the color. Add all 8 tbsp of lime juice, or use less if desired.

4If you don't want to keep some cups blue and some purple like I have in the pictures above, then you can fill a pitcher with ice, add all the 6 cups water, entire sugar syrup mixture and lime juice in at once. Then pour into separate cups.

5Serve right away! Otherwise the ice will melt. Make sure you stir it around before you serve so the sugar doesn't float to the bottom.

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