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Complicated Cocktails Friday: The Kaleidoscope

Photo by Lucius Fontenot

I adore brightly colored drinks. But I’m immediately turned off by the way they often get their color: chemicals. I want pretty drinks too, you know, but without the chemistry set. So, I went searching for a solution and found how to get that deep curaçao hue without unnatural food coloring. The secret? Butterfly pea tea. Mixed with lime juice and tequila, it yields a violet, summery drink I call The Kaleidoscope. 

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Butterfly Pea Simple Syrup:

  • Bring 1 cup of water to a simmer
  • Add 1 cup of sugar and stir till completely melted
  • Take syrup off heat and add 4 butterfly pea tea bags and steep for 30 minutes
  • Remove tea bags and refrigerate till ready to use


  • Rim a glass with Kosher salt and set aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add:
    • 2 oz tequila
    • 1½ oz butterfly pea simple syrup
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Stir or shake till combined and strain into salt rimmed glass.
  • Garnish with lime slice, serve and enjoy