This frozen cocktail is made blue with a natural infusion of butterfly pea flowers in vodka. A blend of mint liqueur and vanilla ice cream makes this cocktail the perfect frosty holiday dessert drink.

Amy Traynor, December 2020


Credit: Amy Traynor

Recipe Summary

5 mins
1 hr 5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place butterfly pea flowers in a jar and pour in vodka. Cover the jar and shake gently. Let the mixture infuse for at least 15 minutes (or up to an hour for the best color). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard the flowers and reserve the vodka. (You'll have more blue vodka than you need for these cocktails; refrigerate any extra for up to 1 week.)

  • To sugar the rims (if desired): Place sanding sugar in a small shallow dish. Place honey in a second small shallow dish. Dip the rims of each of 2 wineglasses into the honey and then into the sugar.

  • Combine 3 ounces of the infused vodka, crème de menthe (or mint syrup), ice cream and ice in a blender; blend on high until smooth. Divide between the prepared glasses (or 2 wineglasses) and serve.


To make ahead: Refrigerate butterfly pea flower-infused vodka (Step 1) for up to 1 week.

Tips: Dried butterfly pea flowers (aka butterfly pea tea) is an herbal tea from Southeast Asia that adds a beautiful blue color to drinks. You can buy it in bulk or in tea bags online.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 17g; dietary fiber 0.2g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 1.9g; mono fat 0.8g; poly fat 0.1g; cholesterol 17.8mg; water 120.3g; ash 0.7g; vitamin a iu 295.7IU; vitamin a retinol 83.8RE; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; vitamin b6 0mg; vitamin b12 0.3mcg; vitamin c 0.8mg; folate 4mcg; pantothenic acid 0.3mg; calcium 106.3mg; copper 0mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 9.2mg; manganese 0mg; phosphorus 73.9mg; potassium 138.5mg; selenium 1.3mcg; sodium 50mg; zinc 0.5mg; 40 butyric 0.1g; 60 caprioc 0.1g; 80 caprylic 0g; 100 capric 0.1g; 120 lauric 0.1g; 140 myristic 0.3g; 160 palmitic 0.8g; 180 stearic 0.3g; 161 palmitol 0.1g; 181 oleic 0.7g; 201 eicosen 0g; 221 erucic 0g; 182 linoleic 0.1g; 183 linolenic 0g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; alanine 0.1g; arginine 0.1g; cystine 0g; glycine 0.1g; histidine 0.1g; isoleucine 0.1g; leucine 0.2g; lysine 0.2g; methionine 0.1g; phenylalanine 0.1g; proline 0.2g; serine 0.1g; threonine 0.1g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0.1g; valine 0.2g; alcohol 39.3g; energy 364kcal; aspartic acid 0.2g; glutamic acid 0.5g; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; sugars 14.6g; other carbs 2.2g; vitamin a re 85.1RE; vitamin a carotenoid 1.3RE; vitamin a carotene 9.2mcg; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0.2mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0.1mg; biotin 1.7mcg; vitamin d iu 17.2IU; vitamin d mcg 0.4mcg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 0.1mg; vitamin e iu 0.1IU; vitamin e mg 0.1mg; vitamin k 0.3mcg; fluoride 3.5mg; iodine 16.9mcg; omega 3 fatty acid 0.1g; omega 6 fatty acid 0.1g; caffeine 0mg; pyramid fat 0; pyramid milk 0; exchange other carbs 0; exchange fat 0.