All the color and splendor of a galaxy in a simple lemonade slushie! Dried butterfly pea / blue pea flowers, lemons, club soda and sugar are all you need to make this magical Color Changing Galaxy Lemonade Slushie. A simple summer drink with a dash of magic that both kids and adults will love!
About an year ago (almost to the day) I shared this raspberry color changing pink lemonade slushie recipe with a little bit about the science behind that natural, color-changing magic that I loved as a kid, and still do! 🙂 If you want to read the science behind the color change, read on, and you will find the explanation after the recipe!
I decided to redo that post this year with pure, unadulterated lemonade flavor and ALL the glory of that magical color changing trick, resulting in this perfect summer drink with gorgeous galaxy-like swirls! If you love Galaxy drinks, then you will LOVE this Galaxy Lemonade!
Summer has always been the lemonade season to me. I always have a batch of lemon syrup in my fridge during those months, because the urge to make an icy-cold lemonade or a refreshing lemon cocktail is forever strong during the summer months for me. So having a concentrated lemon syrup in the fridge means that I only have to pour it over ice or mix it with soda or some booze, any time I want to. I do prefer making my own lemon concentrate instead of store-bought, but if you’re in a pinch, you’re more than welcome to use store-bought lemonade or limeade instead.
There’s a very simple idea behind this Color Changing Lemonade Slushie (Galaxy Lemonade Slushie), but it’s all about the theatrics of the end product. And it all starts and ends with the magic ice cubes! 🙂
How to make “Magic” Ice Cubes and the Color Changing Lemonade Slushie (Galaxy Lemonade Slushie)
I’ve talked about Butterfly Pea Flowers or blue pea flowers and my history with this particular flower before. The presence of an acid (or a low pH), changes the color of blue pea tea from a deep blue to a purple, creating gorgeous, colorful swirls and a galaxy-like effect. The citric acid in lemonade is the obvious and easy choice to trigger this color change (if you prefer limeade instead, may I suggest this ginger limeade recipe?) 🙂 . You can also read about how and why the color change occurs in my previous post here.
The crushed ice and soda are the main components of this galaxy slushie. When you crush the magic ice for this color changing lemonade slushie, make sure to maintain little bits of chunky ice in there along with the completely crushed ice as well. The reason is that as the crushed ice melts first, the bits of ice chunks remain whole for a bit longer, giving the drink little spots of blue inside the pink and purple – creating a very colorful and striking galaxy-like effect.
WHERE TO BUY BLUE PEA / BUTTERFLY PEA FLOWERS
You can find blue pea flowers (butterfly pea flowers) on Amazon, here and here, on EBAY and in specialty stores as well. If you like herbal teas, look for herbal tea that has blue pea flowers (Clitoria ternatea) as an ingredient. Yes, that is indeed the scientific name of that flower, and if you look it up on google, you’ll know why. 🙂
You can add luster petal dust to create an extra shimmery effect as well if you want, but as the ice melts, the luster petal dust will settle to the bottom. So not as effective, but it’s still an option if you want to be even more adventurous with your drink!
To create the different layers of the color changing lemonade slushie (white, pink, purple and blue), I filled the bottom third of the glass with regular crushed ice, followed by magic color changing crushed ice (blue pea flower ice).
Then you pour the lemon syrup up to the half way point, approximately, and watch as the blue ice turns purple and pink! Swirl the drink for a gorgeous galaxy effect.
I DON’T WANT LEMONADE! I WANT COCKTAILS!
Don’t worry! I got you there too 😀 Here are FOUR AMAZING cocktails that use Butterfly Pea / Blue pea flowers, to create amazing cocktails!
I’ve also shared how to infused Butterfly pea flowers with your Alcohol to make incredible cocktails! Your color changing lemonade slushie can then be topped with soda for a kid-friendly version. But there are plenty of other options too (
All of this coming soon!! All of this ON THE BLOG NOW!)
- Vodka and soda for a Color changing Galaxy Lemonade Slushie Vodka Spritzer
- Tequila grapefruit syrup for a gorgeous Galaxy Palermo
- Tonic water for a glow in the dark Galaxy Lemonade Slushie version!
- Ginger beer and vodka for a Magical Mule!
- Add some fresh fruits or herbs like raspberries, strawberries and mint
And finally, top it up with a little more magic ice and serve. Wow your guests, kids, friends and family with this beautiful color changing galaxy lemonade slushie. If you use tonic water instead of soda water, this lemonade slushie will glow in the dark too if you have a black light. How cool is that? 🙂
This is nothing but a simple lemonade slushie, albeit a little more involved than a regular one, but serve this up at your next BBQ, cookout, party or get together, and your guests are likely to never forget it! 🙂
Plus, for those who are curious – my cookbook is coming along! I’ve enjoyed coming back to the blog and sharing my favorite recipes with you again. But I am really excited to share some of the amazing recipes on the book with you too! Make sure to follow me so I can keep you updated.
- 25-30 dried blue pea flowers
- 2 ½ cups of boiling water
- 2 cups of lemon juice (about 10 - 12 lemons)
- 1 ½ cups of sugar (white or brown sugar will work)
- Regular crushed ice (or shaved ice)
- Crushed magic ice
- ¼ cup - ⅓ cup lemon syrup per drink
- Club soda to top
- Vodka (for the adults, of course)
- Purple luster dust (optional)
- Steep the dried blue pea flowers in boiling water for about 20 - 30 minutes, until the water has a very deep blue color - the darker the color the better!
- Strain the tea, and pour it into ice cube trays. Freeze until completely frozen (overnight).
- When needed, crush the ice in an ice crushing blender. (You can use some extra water to help with blending the ice, but remember not to completely crush all of the ice and to have some small chunks intact).
- Keep in the freezer until needed.
- Mix the lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir to dissolve. Bring the syrup to a simmer and simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Let the syrup cool down and store in a bottle in the fridge. This lemon syrup can be diluted at a 1:3 ratio to make regular lemonade.
- Fill ⅓ of a tall glass with regular crushed ice. Fill the rest with the crushed magic ice. (Optional - add a dash of shimmery luster dust).
- Pour about ¼ - ⅓ cup of the lemon syrup into the glass and top it with club soda (or lemon lime soda).
- Add some extra crushed magic ice on top and serve with stirring sticks and straws.
- Fill ⅓ of the glass with regular crushed ice. Pour ¼ - ⅓ cup of lemon syrup and stir and serve with stirring stick and straw.
- Fill the glass with crushed magic ice in front of your guests, and top it with club soda. Let them stir and see more of that colorful magic while they enjoy the drink!
NOTE 2 : You can skip the ice, and pour the cooled down butterly pea / blue pea tea into regular ice with the lemon syrup to create the color change too 🙂
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