You only need one neat little trick and a bit of science for a myriad of Magical Color Changing Alcohols that’ll wow your friends and family at your next get-together! Read on to find out how you can make show-stopping cocktails with one secret ingredient! And get the recipes for the color changing cocktails (galaxy cocktails) right here!
Just as I promised in my earlier post, I am back with COLOR CHANGING COCKTAILS made with COLOR CHANGING ALCOHOL! 🙂
It’s been amazing to see how much you guys loved my Color Changing Magic Ice and Galaxy Lemonade Slushie! The video on Facebook has reached nearly 2 million people now with over 10,000 shares. Since I published that post, I’ve been getting messages from readers who tried the idea and made their own magic ice and galaxy lemonade slushies and that’s beyond rewarding! 🙂
And now I’m ready to switch things up a little, with alcohol! 🙂 I made FOUR amazing, classic cocktails with not only my color changing magic ice, but with COLOR CHANGING ALCOHOL too! How awesome is that?
If you want to make color changing alcohol (not just color changing ice), bear with me because there’s a little bit of science behind the process. The more you understand, the easier it’ll be for you to customize your drinks. And I’ll go through it all, step by step. If you’re here from Facebook, I definitely recommend watching the video (coming soon!) and reading the information here on making color changing alcohol.
If you prefer the easier option – then you can skip the color changing alcohol, and simply use regular alcohol along with the color changing magic ice in your cocktails. The “magic” is still mesmerizing to see, and you can go right to THIS POST, for all those color changing cocktail recipes.
But if you stuck around, come on over, I’ve got just the trick for you to WOW your friends and family with magical color changing alcohol, that will knock their socks off! 🙂
I used the same pH-dependent secret ingredient here (not so secret really) as in my galaxy lemonade slushie to color the alcohol. But there’s a catch – alcohol is naturally acidic. We already know that butterfly pea / blue pea flower tea turns PURPLE in slightly acidic (low pH) solutions. So when you infuse butterfly pea into clear spirits like vodka, gin or tequila – you end up with purple-ish alcohol. Vodka being the most purple, with gin giving you a more Prussian blue color. You can still use this alcohol for a striking effect, and find that it changes to a beautiful pink when you add lime or lemon juice (making it more acidic). Since gin is less acidic than vodka and tequila, it’ll retain more of a blue color.
HOWEVER, there’s a simple way to neutralize vodka and tequila and create an even more splendid color change in your color changing cocktails. The trick is to add just the tiniest amount of baking soda! Baking soda is basic (higher pH), so it raises the pH of your naturally acidic alcohol so that the butterfly pea induced color change becomes ever more prominent. One cup of butterfly pea infused vodka, requires less than 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda to change to a blue-shade! It’s such a negligible amount that it won’t affect the taste in any way, but it still produces that magical color change we want! But please note that this step is optional, and if you prefer not to add anything to your alcohol, you’re more than welcome to skip this step. It only heightens the theatrics! 🙂
I use a very rough titration technique to achieve the color change. I measure out the alcohol that I’ll be using, and then use the tiniest amount of baking soda (using a flat skewer), and add it gradually to the vodka/tequila and swirl to get the blue color. You can use this method to change the color of butterfly pea infused vodka/tequila. Just add a tiny amount of baking soda at a time, while mixing in between, until you achieve your desired color. Also note that gin retains the blue color from the outset since it’s not as acidic as vodka and tequila, so it does not require any baking soda.
You can get Dried Butterfly Pea Flower Tea (blue pea flowers) from Amazon or Ebay (unless you live in a place where the plant grows naturally). You can get dried whole flowers, or just the flower petals or even crushed flowers. If you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh flowers, just use the fresh petals (remove the calyx). But they do offer butterfly pea flower extract (called B’lure ) on amazon, which looks pretty darn cool. I haven’t used it, but apparently you only need to use a few drops per cocktail.
The infused alcohol takes on the color of your blue pea flowers in a matter of hours (immediately, if use the B’lure extract). But I like to infuse it overnight. Just make sure to store the alcohol in clean, washed jars, because if your container has any acidic residue, that will affect the color.
MAKING THE DRINK
You can make the drink any way you want! I’ve given you some options, but in order to get the effect of the color change, I wouldn’t advice using this for cocktails that require some shaking.
Prepare the drink (without the alcohol) in a glass, and then pour the color changing infused alcohol in as the last ingredient, so that you and your guests can enjoy the color change. If you add crushed ice into the glass, it slows down the color change, making it even better (so it’s ideal for Moscow/Kentucky mules or juleps). Alternatively, you can serve the alcohol in a glass, and then pour the lemon/fruit juice last, in front of your guests for the color change. And then top your drink with crushed, color changing magic ice too if you like! 🙂
How to make Color Changing Alcohol (Vodka, Tequila and Gin)
- 15 - 24 dried butterfly pea / blue pea flowers 5 - 8 flowers per cup of alcohol
- 1 cup of good quality vodka
- 1 cup of good quality gin
- 1 cup of good quality silver tequila
- 3 clean jars
- 3 clean bottles
- Strainer and funnel
- 1/4 tsp baking soda + flat toothpick
- Place each of the spirits in the 3 clean jars. Add 5 - 8 flowers into each jar, close tightly and lightly shake the contents to mix.
- Label and leave the jars in a cool place to infuse overnight.
- Once the spirit turns a dark purple, strain the alcohol into bottles.
For the vodka and tequila
- If you prefer the alcohol to be blue, using the flat toothpick, transfer a little baking soda into each of the bottles. Swirl to combine and check the color.
- Repeat with very small amounts of baking soda, until it turns blue (stop adding as soon as you notice the desired blue color).
- Store all infused liquors in a cool place (or fridge or freezer), until needed.
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