The most intriguing drink ingredient of the summer is starting to show up in everything from iced tea to potent elixirs, and it has the power to turn liquid refreshments into magical mood rings. It's called butterfly pea flower, and it's a blue blossom that's native to tropical Asia. When used the right way, it can transform your drink into a stunning color-and-light show.
The restaurant 492 in Charleston, South Carolina, is putting the flower in its Disco Sour cocktail, a stiff concoction that combines pisco with spicy-sweet Velvet Falernum liqueur and lemon juice. The drink gets served over ice cubes embedded with butterfly pea extract.
Order the Disco Sour and you'll barely be able to take your eyes off it, as the color morphs from blue to purple when the acidic lemon juice meets the melting, pea-flower-infused ice.
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The transformation gives off the appearance of pulsating dance floor lights, at least for a few minutes.
“The Disco Sour was inspired by the changing lights of a '70s disco,” 492's bar manager Megan Deschaine tells The Feast. “I just wanted to make a fun, delicious party drink. I'm super thrilled with the reception we've had and in awe of the power of social media— hashtag #discosour has sent lots of people in.” Deschaine told the New York Times that she expects the drink "will be on my tombstone."
If you're nowhere near Charleston, keep an eye out for butterfly pea flower drinks nearer to you, from Uncle Boons in New York City to chef Grant Achatz'z The Aviary in Chicago, which serves the ingredient in the Yo, Listen Up cocktail.
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