Phoenix Cocktail - An Elderflower and Gin Cocktail that is a Color Changing Shimmery Cocktail! Made with Butterfly pea Flower infused gin and a fruity, tangy, floral and sweet lemon Elderflower syrup. 

Color Changing Shimmery Phoenix Cocktail - Elderflower and Gin Cocktail

Course: Cocktails
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Dini
Phoenix Cocktail - A gin and elderflower cocktail, that's also a color changing shimmery cocktail! Made with butterfly pea flower infused gin and a fruity, tangy, floral and sweet lemon elderflower syrup. 
The actual cocktail is ready in 5 minutes. But allow a few hours for the Gin to be infused and the syrup to be chilled. 
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Lemon Elderflower syrup

  • ½ cup strained lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup elderflower syrup cordial
  • ¼ cup vodka

Color Changing shimmery gin

  • 5 - 6 dried butterfly pea flowers
  • 1 ½ cups of gin
  • ¼ tsp white luster dust edible or food-grade luster dust

Phoenix Cocktail

  • 2.2 fl oz (1 1/2 jiggers) butterfly pea infused, color changing gin chilled in the freezer
  • 2 fl oz (1 1/4 jiggers) lemon and elderflower syrup chilled
  • 2 ½ tsp rum 151 optional
  • Pinch of cinnamon optional
  • 1 small ice cube or some crushed ice


Lemon Elderflower Syrup (makes just over 1 cup, more than enough for several cocktails)

  • Pour all the ingredients into a jar. Shake or stir to combine. Chill the syrup until needed.

Butterfly Pea Infused Color Changing Gin (makes more than enough for several cocktails)

  • Place the butterfly pea flowers and gin in a jar. Close the lid and let the flowers infuse the alcohol for a few hours (3 hours to overnight), until the gin turns a deep blue. You can see the video and photos of the gin in this post.
  • Strain the gin to remove the flowers. Discard the flowers and pour the gin into a glass bottle. Add the white luster dust and shake it to make a shimmery spirit. Place the gin in the freezer to chill.

Phoenix Cocktail

  • Place the ice cube in a heat resistant 4 oz glass (like a rock glass or small tumbler) - this step is optional, and serves to keep the drink nice and cold.
  • Shake the color changing gin to mix in the luster dust that may have settled to the bottom. Pour 2 oz of the gin into the glass.
  • Using the back of a spoon, carefully layer the rum 151 over the gin. Using a long nose firelighter or long match stick, light up the rum 151 layer.
  • Serve the drink with the the lemon and elderflower syrup on the side. Pour the syrup into the drink to change the color of the drink from blue to purple. Sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon over the flame to create sparks (optional).
  • Smother the fire by placing a saucer / small dish over the glass for a few seconds. Stir and serve the drink. Enjoy!