Butterfly Pea Milk

two glasses of butterfly pea milk

And I’m back with yet another recipe with edible flowers. You know, I just have a thing for them.

Doesn’t this ombré butterfly pea flower milk look mesmerizing, though? I mean, look at those shades of blue…​ I usually don’t find blue foods or drinks appealing, but butterfly pea anything never fails to get me.

As pretty as it looks, this drink is SUPDER DUPER easy to make. Believe it or not, you only need two ingredients, namely butterfly pea flowers and milk, to make magic happen.

two glasses of butterfly pea milk


You can use either fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers. I like to use fresh ones simply because my neighbor grows the plant and has a never-ending supply of butterfly pea flowers that she’s always happy to share. To be fair, the plant has actually begun to invade my house!

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. If not, you should be able to get them in an Asian grocery store.

two glasses of butterfly pea milk


I personally like to use sweetened milk because, as weird as it sounds, this drink is more of a refresher here in Thailand. It’s meant to be something like Thai milk tea, so a little sweetness won’t hurt. However, if you want to keep this drink the healthiest it can be, or you’re a vegan or follow a plant-based diet, you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk you prefer.

And if you have children who don’t like milk, (I know, you’re thinking what kind of kid doesn’t like milk, but I wouldn’t drink unsweetened milk as a kid!) maybe you can try making them butterfly pea milk. Who knows, the fact that this looks like unicorn food might get them going. It could work as part of breakfast, don’t you think?

a glass of butterfly pea milk


To make this pretty floral drink, simply pour 100 ml of boiling water over a handful of fresh or dried butterfly pea flowers in a cup and let sit for a couple of minutes. Then, use a spoon to press the flower against the bottom of the cup so that the color of your butterfly pea tea is vivid.

Once the butterfly pea tea is cool, fill two glasses with ice and add about 100 milliliters of milk to each glass. Then, pour the tea on top of the milk and stir to enjoy!


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Butterfly Pea Milk Recipe

two glasses of butterfly pea milk

This butterfly pea milk is as good as it looks. It’s made with only two ingredients and can be made vegan or plant-based, as you can use any kind of milk you want.

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



  1. Place the butter fly pea flowers in a cup and add 150 milliliters of hot water to it. Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to press the flowers against the bottom of the cup so they release more color. Discard the flowers once the color is vivid enough.
  3. Fill 2 glasses with ice.
  4. Add 100 milliliters of milk to each glasses.
  5. Add the butterfly pea tea to the top of each glass and enjoy right away.

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

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  • Reply
    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
      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
    July 12, 2019 at 3:02 am

    This looks so exciting! Thank you for sharing 😀

    • Reply
      July 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much! You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply
    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
      July 22, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you! Do try the recipe! 🙂

  • Reply
    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
      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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