Make this Magical, Color-Changing Unicorn Cocktail

Make this Magical, Color-Changing Unicorn Cocktail

Story and Pix :: Anastacia Uriegas

2017 will forever be remembered as the year that unicorn and mermaid-everything hit peak trend status--we saw it in hair, makeup, frappuccinos, desserts, even freakin’ toast. So, we decided to use unicorn magic to create an adult beverage you won’t likely find on Instagram.

THE COLOR-CHANGING UNICORN BEE'S KNEES

The Color-Changing Unicorn Bee’s Knees is a gin-based, Prohibition-era cocktail which uses a unique ingredient to achieve full fantasy status: an all-natural blue extract made from Thai butterfly pea flower petals. When the butterfly pea flower extract interacts with acidic ingredients with a low pH, like citrus juice, it transforms from blue to deep violet to hot pink and the ombre chemical reaction is a gorgeous one to behold. The 3-ingredient Bee’s Knees is a great drink to have in your repertoire and is taken to another level with blue butterfly pea flower ice cubes.

Skip making your own extract by purchasing ready-made B’Lure and enjoy this magical drink!

THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 Ounces of Gin

3/4 Ounce of Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Honey Syrup (Please See Below)

Butterfly Pea Flower Extract

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YOU'LL NEED

2” Large Ice Cube Mold

Old Fashioned Glass

Lemon Wheel Garnish

Hawthorne Strainer and Mesh Strainer

COLOR-CHANGING UNICORN BEE'S KNEES Ingredients
LET'S MAKE IT!

DIRECTIONS

1. Make ice cubes ahead of time by adding 15-30 drops of butterfly pea flower extract per 2” ice cube or by sight until water is deep blue in color.

2. Add gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup into a cocktail shaker.

3. Add ice and shake until chilled.

4. Double strain by pouring out of the Hawthorne strainer through a mesh strainer into Old Fashioned glass.

5. Slowly add ice cubes.

6. Garnish with a lemon peel or lemon wheel.

Honey Syrup:

To make honey syrup, combine 2 parts honey with 1 part hot water in a jar or glass. Stir to dissolve.