Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

When it’s hot outside, it’s so nice to have a cold drink in your hand! Here’s a lemonade that’s gorgeous enough for a get together and so much fun too. It has a color changing affect which would make this the center of attention at any kids party or at a gals night too.

It’s non-alcoholic, easy to make and too pretty for words. So let’s make it!

butterfly pea flower to make tea

Ingredients to Make Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade


Small Stock Pot
Sieve or Strainer
Gorgeous drinkware (champagne flutes or highball glasses)



Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

butterfly pea flower tea and strawberry lemonade

Start by Making Strawberry Syrup

First, start by making your strawberry syrup. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Or you can use pre-made strawberry syrup – but homemade will be so much more delicious!

To make it, get the full recipe at the bottom of the blog. Wash and slice your strawberries into thin slices. Place them in a small stock pot with water and sugar.

ingredients to make galaxy pink lemonade

Bring to a gentle boil or medium high heat and then immediately reduce the temperature to allow the strawberries to simmer. Continue to cook for 15 minutes and then remove from heat. While the mixture is still warm, but not hot, pour it through a strainer or sieve to remove the strawberry pulp. Viola! Discard the strawberry pulp and just keep the gorgeous and bright pink strawberry syrup. You can store this strawberry syrup on the fridge for around 2-3 weeks or in the freezer for longer.

pour strawberry lemonade in a glass

Make the Lemonade

Next, you will need to make the lemonade, a similar process to making strawberry syrup. You could use pre-made lemonade in addition to pre-made strawberry syrup which is a really nice way to cut back on all the work and still get the gorgeous color changing effect! But of course, making it from scratch will elevate this drink. And all these individual components are easy to make. So why not try?

To make lemonade, start by making a simple syrup. The goal of making simple syrup is to dissolve the sugar completely. Any simple syrup recipe will tell you that the sugar takes just few minutes to melt. But there’s nothing worse than a syrup that crystalizes once it’s cool. So it’s best to heat your syrup for a few minutes longer than what other recipes say to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Once your sugar is completely dissolved add lemon juice and then cold water. Here’s a detailed lemonade recipe that includes lavender if you want to know more.

close up of strawberry lemonade

Make Strong Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

Next, you will want to brew your butterfly pea flower tea. That’s the ingredient that makes this color changing! It starts out blue, but as it hits the other cold liquids it will change to purple and give this drink a gorgeous ombre effect.

You can get butterfly pea flower tea any place you get tea (like here) Brew butterfly pea flower tea just like any tea but brew it for this recipe really strong so you can get a deep color.

pouring the butterfly pea flower in the lemonade

Mix the Strawberry Syrup and Lemonade

To put all your ingredients together and make an Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade, start by mixing the strawberry syrup and lemonade together. If you don’t the strawberry syrup will sink to the bottom and will be too sweet.

poured butterfly pea flower tea ready to garnish

Pour the Strawberry Lemonade Over Ice

Next pour the strawberry lemonade over ice. If you want to go all out, use super cute ice like this. Or make ice with a shaped ice tray – think hearts, stars, or tiny pebbles.

close up of finished layered lemonade with butterfly pea flower

Drizzle Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Slowly

Last, pour your butterfly pea flower tea on top. You have to be careful in the way that you pour your tea. Use a spoon to slowly and gently drizzle it over the top to keep that ombre effect. And viola, your Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade is ready to serve!

finished ombre strawberry lemonade recipe

Garnish with Strawberries or Lemons

If you want turn up the volume of cute, you could garnish with a slice of strawberry or slice of lemon on the side of the glass. Or you could add some fresh fruit to the top of the drink. Or edible glitter would be perfect too. But even as is, without all these garnishes, this drink is stunning.

how to make a layered strawberry lemonade drink

Serving Ideas

Serve your Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade on a hot summer day or at a pool party. You could serve this as a non-alcoholic alternative at a gals night when you don’t want to drink or you could serve this with a gorgeous pitaya bowl for brunch like this.

Keep the rainbow theme going across your meal by serving it with these Rainbow Waffles.

top view of layered ombre butterfly pea lemonade

How to Store Your Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

This drink is easiest to store when each ingredient is kept separately. So keep the strawberry syrup, lemonade and butterfly pea flower tea separate until you are ready to combine them. The ingredients should easily store for a little over a week but will taste best when they are fresh.

butterfly pea and strawberry lemonade with a garnish

close up of finished layered lemonade with butterfly pea flower square

Ombre Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

Brittany Bly
Make this gorgeous color changing lemonade with strawberry and butterfly pea flower tea!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Beverage, beverages, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 small stock pot
  • 1 sieve or strainer
  • gorgeous drinkware


  • ice
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup white sugar for the strawberry syrup
  • 1 cup water for the strawberry syrup
  • 4-5 lemons for the lemonade
  • 1 cup white sugar for the lemonade
  • 1 cup water for the lemonade
  • 2-3 cups cold water for the lemonade
  • 1 1/2 cup water for the butterfly pea tea
  • 3 tsp. butterfly pea flower tea for the butterfly pea tea


  • Start by making your strawberry syrup. Wash, hull, and slice your strawberries.
  • Add your sliced strawberries, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water to a small stock pot.
  • Bring to a gentle boil on medium high heat and then immediately reduce to low to simmer.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occa and then remove from the heat. Allow your strawberry syrup to cool for just a few minutes.
  • Pour your syrup through a sieve or strainer to remove the pulp and set aside and allow to cool.
  • Next, start your lemonade by combining 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a stock pot.
  • Heat on medium high until you reach a gentle boil and immediately reduce to low.
  • Heat on low stirring occasionally for around 9 minutes.
  • While your simple syrup is heating, juice your lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice.
  • Remove the simple syrup from the heat and add your lemon juice.
  • Add 2-3 cups of water or even 2-3 cups of ice to cool the lemonade.
  • Last, brew your butterfly pea flower tea by heating 1 1/2 cups of water and steeping 3 teaspoons of tea for 5 minutes.
  • Then remove the flowers.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup with 5 cups of lemonade and mix.
  • Pour your strawberry lemonade over ice.
  • Use a spoon to slowly and carefully drizzle your butterfly pea tea on top.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword butterfly pea flower tea, color changing lemonade, galaxy lemonade, lemon recipes, lemonade, ombre lemonade

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