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., 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

1 cocktail
295 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 10mg; sodium 50mg; carbohydrates 28g; protein 3g; sugars 26g; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 297IU.