Butterfly Pea Milk

April 23, 2019 (Last Updated: March 27, 2020)

This butterfly pea milk is refreshing, healthy and as good as it looks. With only 2 ingredients needed, it’s also super easy to make and can be made vegan too!

two glasses of butterfly pea milk

THE PRETTIEST BLUE DRINK

And I’m back with yet another recipe with edible flowers. You know, I just have a thing for them. This time it’s the butterfly pea milk or nom anchan (นมอัญชัน). As the name suggests, this is a milk-based drink so it’s pretty milky. However, just like the Thai milk tea and Thai pink milk, we drink this butterfly pea milk as a refresher here in Thailand. Though, it could actually work as part of breakfast if you’re up for it!

As pretty as it looks, this unicorn drink is REALLY easy to make. While it’s usually sweetened with sugar and/or condensed milk, in this post, I’ll show you the even easier way to make it, which requires only 2 ingredients. Not only is it easier, but it’s actually also healthier.

Let’s see what those ingredients are.

fresh butterfly pea flowers in hands

INGREDIENT 1: THE BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWERS

You can either use fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers. I use both because we grow a vine in our garden. Whenever I have enough of the fresh ones, I’ll use them. When I don’t, I just use the dried ones. If you’re a fan of butterfly pea tea and you already have dried butterfly pea flowers in your pantry, this will be very convenient for you. For those who would like to get these flowers, your best bet is an Asian grocery store or you can buy them online here.

THE BIGGEST QUESTION: WHAT DOES BUTTERFLY PEA TEA OR WATER TASTE LIKE?

NOTHING! It just doesn’t have any flavor. Butterfly pea flowers are kind of considered an “herb” in Thailand and we use them in savory dishes too. They have some health benefits such as being full of antioxidants and good for your eyes. But I’ll say that we mainly use this flower in our drinks for the color. Just look at those shades of blue. Aren’t they just beautiful?

two glasses of butterfly pea milk

INGREDIENT 2: THE MILK

THE SWEET VERSION

Personally, I like to use sweetened milk because it’s quick and easy. It’s just one ingredient, you don’t have to add sugar and stir until it’s dissolved. Also, with this option you can tell the calories and nutrients by the milk label as the butterfly pea part is pretty much just water. I like mine mildly sweet so I just pick the milk with a low sugar content. But you can go however sweet you want – no judgement here!

THE HEALTHIER / VEGAN VERSION

If you want to keep this drink the healthiest it can be, you can just use any unsweetened milk. For those of you who are vegans or follow a plant-based diet, just use any unsweetened vegan milk you like.

a glass of butterfly pea milk

HOW TO MAKE BUTTERFLY PEA MILK

1. Boil 2/3 cup of water

2. Make butterfly pea tea by placing a handful of fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers in a cup and add the boiling water. Soak for a few minutes.

3. Use the back of a spoon to press the flowers against the bottom of the cup to extract the color. Once the color is vivid enough, strain and discard the flowers.

4. Fill 2 glasses with ice.

5. Split 3/4 cup of milk between the 2 glasses

6. Pour the butterfly pea tea over the milk until it reaches the top of each glass and stir to enjoy.

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Butterfly Pea Milk Recipe

This butterfly pea milk is refreshing, healthy and as good as it looks. With only 2 ingredients needed, it’s also super easy to make and can be made vegan too!

  • Author: Cooking with Nart
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 glasses 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Place the butter fly pea flowers in a cup and add the boiling water. Soak for a few minutes.
  3. Use the back of a spoon to press the flowers against the bottom of the cup to extract the color. Strain and discard the flowers once the color is vivid enough.
  4. Fill 2 glasses with ice.
  5. Split the milk between the 2 glasses
  6. Pour the butterfly pea tea over the milk until it reaches the top of each glass and stir to enjoy.

Keywords: butterfly pea milk, butterfly pea drink, butterfly pea tea, edible flower drink

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Bianca
    April 24, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I’m so excited to have found this recipe (and your blog!)
    Your drinks are beautiful- yes the blue is gorgeous! And I love butterfly pea flowers in Thai desserts I’ve made. I haven’t used it in a while, but now I’m inspired to pick some up the time I go to the grocery. Love it!

    • Reply
      nart
      April 25, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it. These flowers make drinks and desserts look beautiful, don’t they? 🙂

  • Reply
    Nyxie
    July 12, 2019 at 3:02 am

    This looks so exciting! Thank you for sharing 😀

    • Reply
      nart
      July 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much! You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply
    Daonua
    July 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Very nice looking!
    (High concentration Butterfly Pea juice + Milk ?)
    Its color seems like combine between dark cloud and clear sky.
    I would like to try one.
    : )

    • Reply
      nart
      July 22, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you! Do try the recipe! 🙂

  • Reply
    beth
    August 29, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Oh, my goodness – what a lovely idea! I will only imagine being able to find these flowers, they are so beautiful both in and out of the drink. And I love the setting and the little woven coasters … just exquisite.

    • Reply
      Nart
      August 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you, Beth! If you have an Asian grocery store near where you live, you may be able to find some dried ones which work the same!

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