Butterfly Pea Milk Tea

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An easy recipe to make delicious blue milk tea without using any additives

If you’re looking for an easy to make and pretty drink, you’re in for a treat!
In this post, I’ll guide you through making blue milk tea using all-natural ingredients.

Not only does it look stunning, but it also tastes delicious and offers versatility to suit your preferences.
For example, you can even add tapioca balls to transform it into a delightful and healthy blue boba tea.
Additionally, you can use your preferred type of milk, making it customizable as a low-carb and/or vegan option.

    Let’s start with the most noticeable thing about this milk drink: it has a beautiful and captivating blue color.
    And the best part is that the color comes from butterfly pea flower tea, no need for any complicated ingredients!
    Butterfly pea tea may offer several benefits, including the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels and providing a high amount of antioxidants.
    Also, since it has no bitterness at all, you won’t need to add much sugar for this recipe.
    Butterfly pea tea is caffeine-free, making it a great choice for anyone to enjoy at any time of the day.

What you’ll need

  • Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
  • Hot water
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk of choice
  • Optional – cooked boba or jelly grass

Ingredient swap and alternatives

Butterfly Pea Tea

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea is the key ingredient of this drink, providing its vibrant blue color.

This herbal tea is made from dried flowers of the Clitoria ternatea plant.

When steeped, the tea turns a rich blue color, and when combined with milk, it transforms into a refreshing light blue hue.

Nowadays you can butterfly pea tea in 3 different forms all of which work well for this recipe:



Any type of sweetener will work fine for this recipe.
Since you’ll sweeten the tea while it’s hot, even granulated sugar (or sugar alternative) will easily dissolve.

If you prefer unsweetened drinks, you can skip the sweetener for this one: the milk provides a natural, mild sweetness to the drink.

Vanilla extract

While the addition of vanilla is optional, I highly recommend using it as it adds a delightful touch to the drink.

Personally, I enjoy using my homemade vanilla-infused honey for this recipe.
The vanilla honey provides the perfect balance of vanilla flavor and sweetness, making this drink feel like a special treat.


Feel free to use your preferred type of milk, whether it’s dairy milk or plant-based alternatives such as almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.
All of them work wonderfully in this recipe!


Be sure to check out the recipe card below for the exact measurements

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make butterfly tea milk tea

  1. Make blue tea

    Steep butterfly pea tea in freshly boiled water*.
    Steep for around 5-10 minutes.Teapot with butterfly pea flower tea

  2. Optionally sweeten tea

    When the steep time is over, remove the tea solids and sweeten to taste and/or add vanilla.Tea pot with butterfly pea tea and a jar with vanilla infused honey

  3. Serve

    Let the tea cool down (as recommended below in the “Tips” section) and assemble the drink according to your preferences.
    You can also check out some specific and cute examples in the “Ideas to assemble” section below.Combining butterfly pea tea with milk


  • I recommend preparing a concentrated blue tea by using less water than usual.
    This will allow you to cool it down more quickly by adding cold water or ice cubes after steeping.
  • *If using butterfly pea flower powder, there’s no need to steep the tea.
    Simply mix a small amount of the powder with some water (following the vendor’s recommendations), in a similar way to preparing matcha.

Ideas to assemble butterfly pea milk tea

Here are some creative suggestions or variations for preparing and presenting your butterfly pea milk tea:

Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea

Add some cooked boba (tapioca pearls) as a topping.

You may want to coat the tapioca balls in syrup to add sweetness and prevent them from sticking together.

Butterfly Pea Milk Tea with grass jelly

As with any milk tea, you can also substitute the tapioca pearls with grass jelly.

For this drink, I used a mini cutter to create small star-shaped pieces from the grass jelly.

You can watch a short video making this drink here.

Layered butterfly pea milk

If you want the blue tea to remain separate from the milk, forming two distinct colored layers, follow these steps:

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add one of the liquids to the glass.
  3. Then, carefully pour the other liquid on top.
    Aiming for an ice cube and pouring it slowly will help maintain separation between the layers for a visually appealing effect.

Butterfly Pea Tea Latte

Butterfly pea with milk is also delightful when served hot.

Homemade butterfly pea milk tea with cooked tapioca pearls
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Butterfly Pea Milk Tea Recipe

Easy recipe to make blue milk tea
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


  • 1 tsp. Butterfly pea flower tea or 1 teabag or ½ teaspoon blue matcha
  • ¼ Cup Freshly boiled water
  • ¼ Cup Cold water or 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp. Sugar* Optional
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract*
  • ½ Cup Milk of choice


  • If using butterfly pea flowers or a teabag: steep the tea for around 5 minutes in freshly boiled water. Remove tea solids when the steep time is over.
    If using butterfly pea tea powder (blue matcha): just combine the powder with water.
    Butterfly pea flower tea loose tea and bright blue tea bag
  • Sweeten if desired and add the vanilla extract.
    Let the tea cool down by adding the cold water or ice cubes.
    Tea pot with butterfly pea tea and a jar with vanilla infused honey
  • Combine with milk.
    Combining butterfly pea tea with milk



*I use my homemade vanilla-infused honey as a sweetener and also as a source of vanilla flavor in this recipe.
  • If you are using powdered tea that doesn’t require warm water, you can skip the step of letting the tea cool down.
  • Optionally, serve with cooked tapioca pearls (boba) or small pieces of grass jelly.
  • For a layered drink, fill the glass with ice cubes and pour the tea and milk separately.
    Depending on whether you want the blue layer on the bottom or top, you can choose to pour the tea or milk first. Both options look great.


Calories: 100kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 100kcal

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