Blue sky… Blue Chai!!
Have you ever seen a tea SO BLUE ? Isn’t it beautiful!!
I’m going to drink it with my blue sky and blue lake!
I’m so excited to try this tea!!
Let’s get a few things straight.
a) It’s BLUE!
b) It’s butterfly pea flowers, also known as Clitoria ternatea… (I’m not even going there.)
c) It’s from Thailand.
d) It’s magic. It turns purple when you add lemon.
Seriously… what could be better than a MAGIC BLUE TEA FROM THAILAND THAT TURNS PURPLE AND HAS A NAME LIKE CLITORIA TERNATEA??? NOTHING!!! THAT’S WHAT!!
The tea is pretty little dried blue flowers. Not much smell in the package… if anything, it smells like dried chickpeas.
I steep 6 flowers in boiling water and it’s SOOOOO BLUE!!!! The smell now is mildly like sweet green peas. I’m told that I should add honey and lemon, but I want to taste it straight first, just to know what I have here.
Hmm… Ok… interesting… It doesn’t taste like much of anything. Again, there is a faint green pea taste. But that’s not a bad thing… I like green peas. I think I will go ahead and add the honey and lemon now.
Ooooooohhhhh that was FUN!! Look at my PURPLE TEA!! I’ve added 1/2 teaspoon of dark buckwheat honey and a 1/4 inch slice of fresh lemon juice. So now I have this delightfully purple hot lemon tea with a mysterious liquorice aftertaste (from the honey?). Cool!! Obviously, this will be equally delicious as cold lemonade. And in mixed cocktails. And in ice cubes. And in my beloved Canada Dry Ginger Ale. And in… whatever…. the neutrality of the tea itself will go into anything! I can’t wait to experiment! Apparently you can turn you rice blue too!
This tea is delightfully fun, and I think it will be great to experiment with some nice summer cocktails. I’ll try that later.
For more information and to order your own magical blue tea, (and yes, I really think you need to get some for summer) check out bluechai.com!!
Stefan at Blue Chai Tea Shop sent me a sample package and it arrived in only 3 days! Better than Amazon!!
BIG BLUE THANK YOU!!
Update: June 5, 2014.
Brewed some blue chai and made ice. Dropped a few drops of lemon into a couple of the ice-cube tray slots so that some of the ice turned purple, some stayed blue, and some went pink. I also stuck some fresh raspberries in before freezing. Now I have really pretty ice cubes for water, drinks… whatever. Here is my ice-water! Sparkling water would be even prettier!