On January 31, 2018, I purchased Bella Luna Blue, a rare tea blend from Adagio Teas, my favorite tea company. Bella Luna Blue is a unique tea blend containing flowers from the Butterfly Pea Flower plant. The vibrant blue and pink pigmentation is natural, coming straight from the plant’s pedals. The cool thing about Bella Luna Blue is that the drink changes colors like magic!
5 Steps to Steeping a Magical Cup of Bella Luna Blue.
Step 1: Buy Bella Luna Blue on the night of a Blue Moon.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a given calendar month. These are quite rare so plan ahead. Earl Grey Bella Luna is only available on nights of a full moon. Bella Luna Blue is only for sale on the night of a blue moon. Since the chance to buy this tea only happens, well, once in a blue moon, be sure to pick it up when it is available.
Step 2: Sprinkle BLB into a Clear Glass.
Place one large teaspoon of Bella Luna Blue into a clear cup. Bella Luna Blue contains a mix of zesty lemongrasss, blueberry flavor, and flowers from the Butterfly Pea Flower plant. When you open the package, there is a strong blueberry aroma. I would liken it to the smell of Fruity Pebbles cereal. The mix is caffeine free.
Step 3: Watch the Water Turn a Deep Blue.
The elusive mystery that is Bella Luna Blue begins first with the initial steeping. Whenever you’re ready, add hot water. They suggest heating the water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. This will sit and steep for roughly five minutes while the blue color and flavors fully extract. As you pour hot water over the Butterfly Pea Flower plant, you will immediately notice the water become aqua blue. As the pedals steep longer, the blue will darken to indigo.
Step 4: Cut Up a Lemon and Squeeze Some In
Due to a particular plant enzyme in the Butterfly Pea Flower plant, the color of the water changes according to the pH. If you add something acidic, like lemon, the blue rapidly turns pink! The opposite holds true when you add a base. You can make the color switch back and forth. As for the acidity, lime works just as well. Lemon seems to be best since it complements the strong lemongrass flavoring.
Step 5: Add Baking Powder + Feel Like a Wizard
While I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re actually going to drink the cup, you can add a base like baking powder just for some fun. To my own surprise, it actually fizzes and bubbles over like the well known baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction. You can watch the reaction in the video at the top of the page.
The Blueberry flavored Bella Luna Blend is quite the tea. If you haven’t experienced the magic of the Butterfly Pea Flower, you absolutely must. Highly recommend you pick up a bag on the night of the next blue moon. It is both delicious and fun! Enjoy!!!