Did you know there was such a thing as organic herbal blue tea? Well there is…BlueChai blue tea is made from organic butterfly pea flowers. I discovered this tea recently when I received a complimentary sample to try. You can drink this tea hot or iced, and the tea, which has a blue color, can also be used as a natural food coloring. The aroma and taste of the tea is similar to green tea, but it is a caffeine-free herbal tisane. And if you like adding lemon or lime juice to your tea, you’ll get more of a violet shade. There are health benefits this tea offers that you can read about here, and when I made my tea I followed the brewing instructions at BlueChai.com.
BLUE CHAI TEA made with loose blue tea
Makes 1 to 2 servings (serve hot or over ice)
- Put 1 teaspoon loose tea in a tea strainer or small cone coffee filter, then place in your cup. Add 1 cup, or 250 ml, hot water to the cup (if using a small cone coffee filter, pour water into the filter over the loose tea and let the tea steep in the filter).
- Steep tea 4-8 minutes, depending on the intensity and flavor desired, then drink either hot, or let cool and add ice cubes (the BlueChai website also mentions you can use the tea for 2 brews). If you want a very light brew, just steep for 2 minutes.
- Add honey and lemon if desired–adding lemon juice changes the color of the tea from blue to violet.
I just steeped my tea for 2 minutes because I don’t like my tea very strong. I tried the tea both hot and iced. I really like this tea iced for the summer! I often put lemon slices in my tea but I was fresh out of lemon when I made this. But it is refreshing if you are a tea drinker like me and since I love the color blue, I enjoyed trying this out! If you’re interested in ordering, it’s only available through the BlueChai.com website and you’ll find ordering information there.