Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe

Warm, sunny days are just around the corner which means it’s finally Julep season! If you’ve never had a Julep before, then you are in for a minty treat. As any Southerner or Derby die-hards will tell you, Mint Juleps are not for the faint of heart. They are on the boozier side featuring lots of bourbon and not much else, but they are absolutely delicious and perfect to keep cool on a hot day.

I, Ashley Conway, made this color changing mint Julep with lots of crushed ice, mint, a color changing syrup (yes, seriously!) and some added lemon juice for a balanced and perfectly crushable cocktail recipe! And naturally, they’d be served with Sugar & Cloth’s cute marble coasters and serving trays

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

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Where does the magic part come in? With a little science and help from a flower! The Butterfly Pea Flower originates from Thailand (you can get the dried flowers shipped online) where it is used in teas and dishes to create a color changing effect.

When citrus juice or other acidic ingredient is added to a drink or dish with the flower, it changes color! When the PH fluctuates, so does the color, changing from a vibrant blue to purple and finally to pink in some cases, giving the drink a “galaxy” like effect.

For this Julep, lemon juice is poured over the drink to make the butterfly pea flower change from blue to a pretty purple.

Color Changing Mint Julep Cocktail

  • Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce butterfly flower syrup, recipe below
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • crushed ice
  • mint for garnishing

Instructions

  • Make butterfly flower syrup. Gently muddle mint leaves in a julep cup or fluted glass. Add crashed ice to fill 3/4 of the glass.
  • Add bourbon and syrup and stir to chill. Add more crushed ice to fill the glass. Pour lemon juice over the cocktail and watch it change colors! Smack mint sprig to release oils and garnish the glass.

Butterfly Flower Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup dried Butterfly Pea flowers (about 50 flowers)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Instructions

  • Boil water. Steep flowers in boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain out the flowers.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of the butterfly flower tea to a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups sugar on medium. You can reserve the leftover tea to drink or freeze into ice cubes and crush for this drink.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and let cool. Add to a jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The flower actually doesn’t add much floral flavor, but what it lacks in fragrance, it makes up for in it’s “magic” properties.

To impress your friends with a boozy magic trick, mix up this Color Changing Magic Mint Julep at your next get together!

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe

Warm, sunny days are just around the corner which means it’s finally Julep season! If you’ve never had a Julep before, then you are in for a minty treat. As any Southerner or Derby die-hards will tell you, Mint Juleps are not for the faint of heart. They are on the boozier side featuring lots of bourbon and not much else, but they are absolutely delicious and perfect to keep cool on a hot day.

I, Ashley Conway, made this color changing mint Julep with lots of crushed ice, mint, a color changing syrup (yes, seriously!) and some added lemon juice for a balanced and perfectly crushable cocktail recipe! And naturally, they’d be served with Sugar & Cloth’s cute marble coasters and serving trays

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

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Where does the magic part come in? With a little science and help from a flower! The Butterfly Pea Flower originates from Thailand (you can get the dried flowers shipped online) where it is used in teas and dishes to create a color changing effect.

When citrus juice or other acidic ingredient is added to a drink or dish with the flower, it changes color! When the PH fluctuates, so does the color, changing from a vibrant blue to purple and finally to pink in some cases, giving the drink a “galaxy” like effect.

For this Julep, lemon juice is poured over the drink to make the butterfly pea flower change from blue to a pretty purple.

Color Changing Mint Julep Cocktail

  • Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce butterfly flower syrup, recipe below
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • crushed ice
  • mint for garnishing

Instructions

  • Make butterfly flower syrup. Gently muddle mint leaves in a julep cup or fluted glass. Add crashed ice to fill 3/4 of the glass.
  • Add bourbon and syrup and stir to chill. Add more crushed ice to fill the glass. Pour lemon juice over the cocktail and watch it change colors! Smack mint sprig to release oils and garnish the glass.

Butterfly Flower Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup dried Butterfly Pea flowers (about 50 flowers)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Instructions

  • Boil water. Steep flowers in boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain out the flowers.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of the butterfly flower tea to a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups sugar on medium. You can reserve the leftover tea to drink or freeze into ice cubes and crush for this drink.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and let cool. Add to a jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.

Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth Magic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & ClothMagic Color Changing Mint Julep Recipe by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

The flower actually doesn’t add much floral flavor, but what it lacks in fragrance, it makes up for in it’s “magic” properties.

To impress your friends with a boozy magic trick, mix up this Color Changing Magic Mint Julep at your next get together!

Ashley Rose Conway

Ashley Rose Conway is head cocktail shaker, recipe developer, stylist & photographer over at Craft + Cocktails, a site devoted to the art of making & shaking.
See more of her delicious cocktails on Craft + Cocktails

Read more from Ashley Rose Conway

Comments

  • Heather O

    05.24.18

    Oh my goodness, how FUN! Where do you find those magic flowers? I love, love, LOVE a good mint julep!

    • Isn’t it fun?! You can just search google for “Butterfly Pea Flower tea” and you’ll find a lot of places. Here is an Amazon link for ya.

  • Stephanie

    05.25.18

    That is so fun! And it just looks gorgeous, I think I need to try it.

  • Kate

    06.01.18

    So lovely! You can achieve a similar effect with creme de violette – adding the citrus creates the same color shift!

    • That is so cool! I’ll have to try that because this trick totally blew my mind lol. Thanks for sharing!

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