We are the brinks of Homeschooling during COVID-19. And when I say we are on the brinks, I mean, my patience and sanity is near the edge. I may go nuts by the time all of this is over! Please, everyone stay put, social distance, and let’s work to get our kids back to school ASAP! During our social distancing adventure, the girls and I have been doing projects and going live on Instagram with cooking videos, like this Magic Lemonade. It is a fun science project to do with your kids and also gives you tasty, vibrant colored lemonade.
Magic lemonade is made with only 4 ingredients: lemons, sugar, water, and butterfly pea powder. It is tasty, vibrant, and so fun! The citrus reacts with butterfly pea powder for magic color changes that are perfect for our homeschooling projects!
Side note to parents over 21, add a hefty splash of gin or vodka into this Magic Lemonade at the end of your homeschooling day. Because you deserve it!
Butterfly Pea Powder
The magic of this magic lemonade is that it turns color. The use of butterfly pea powder will turn it from a gorgeous royal blue to panetone purple! It’s lovely and so much fun for kids to create.
Since we posted our video, a lot of people have been asking where to get the Butterfly Pea Powder. I use the brand pictured and you can get that here.
If you watched our video, you got Bea’s comment about the smell. Ha! Well, the powder has a faint tea-like scent to it, as it is usually used in Moon Milk, Lemonade, or to add color flair to cocktails like Lemon Elderflower Martini. You need citrus, like lemon, to turn the butterfly pea powder from blue to purple since it alters the ph.
I have even seen this powder used in bread and various desserts since it adds a natural blue dye alternative.
The magic lemonade only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to make. The first step to making magic lemonade is to make a simple syrup. Simple syrup is sugar water that uses equal parts of sugar and water to create a syrup. The butterfly pea powder is added to this mixture and dissolved with the sugar. This will give you a gorgeous blue simple syrup.
It only needs to be heated and stirred for a minute or two. Allow it to cool completely before using it for the lemonade.
Making Magic Lemonade
One your simple syrup has cooled to room temp, fill up a pitcher of ice. Then pour the simple syrup into the pitcher.
Next, add filtered water to that.
Finally, Juice up some fresh lemons. As the lemon juice trickles down through the water and begins to combine with the simple syrup, the lemonade turns purple. Give it a mix and enjoy!
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This lemonade is magic due to a reaction between butterfly pea powder and lemons! Watch it turn color before your eyes. This is tasty, vibrant, and a fun food project for kids!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon butterfly pea powder
- 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2 cups filtered water
- 3 cups ice crushed or cubed
Make simple syrup. In a saucepan set over medium heat, whisk together the cup of water and cup of sugar. Then whisk in butterfly pea powder.
Heat for two minutes and allow sugar to dissolve.
Then remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Fill a pitcher with ice.
Then pour in the blue simple syrup.
Then pour over filtered water.
Squeeze in fresh lemon juice. (Alternatively, you can mix together the water and lemon juice and add at once.)
Stir to combine and enjoy.
*Adjust the sugar and water levels to your preference.