How to make Color Changing Alcohol (Vodka, Tequila and Gin) (2022)

You only need one neat little trick and a bit of science for a myriad of Magical Color Changing Alcohols that’ll wow your friends and family at your next get-together! Read on to find out how you can make show-stopping cocktails with one secret ingredient! And get the recipes for the color changing cocktails (galaxy cocktails) right here!

Just as I promised in my earlier post, I am back with COLOR CHANGING COCKTAILS made with COLOR CHANGING ALCOHOL! 🙂

It’s been amazing to see how much you guys loved my Color Changing Magic Ice and Galaxy Lemonade Slushie! The video on Facebook has reached nearly 2 million people now with over 10,000 shares. Since I published that post, I’ve been getting messages from readers who tried the idea and made their own magic ice and galaxy lemonade slushies and that’s beyond rewarding! 🙂

And now I’m ready to switch things up a little, with alcohol! 🙂 I made FOUR amazing, classic cocktails with not only my color changing magic ice, but with COLOR CHANGING ALCOHOL too! How awesome is that?

If you want to make color changing alcohol (not just color changing ice), bear with me because there’s a little bit of science behind the process. The more you understand, the easier it’ll be for you to customize your drinks. And I’ll go through it all, step by step. If you’re here from Facebook, I definitely recommend watching the video (coming soon!) and reading the information here on making color changing alcohol.

If you prefer the easier option – then you can skip the color changing alcohol, and simply use regular alcohol along with the color changing magic ice in your cocktails. The “magic” is still mesmerizing to see, and you can go right to THIS POST, for all those color changing cocktail recipes.

But if you stuck around, come on over, I’ve got just the trick for you to WOW your friends and family with magical color changing alcohol, that will knock their socks off! 🙂

I used the same pH-dependent secret ingredient here (not so secret really) as in my galaxy lemonade slushie to color the alcohol. But there’s a catch – alcohol is naturally acidic. We already know that butterfly pea / blue pea flower tea turns PURPLE in slightly acidic (low pH) solutions. So when you infuse butterfly pea into clear spirits like vodka, gin or tequila – you end up with purple-ish alcohol. Vodka being the most purple, with gin giving you a more Prussian blue color. You can still use this alcohol for a striking effect, and find that it changes to a beautiful pink when you add lime or lemon juice (making it more acidic). Since gin is less acidic than vodka and tequila, it’ll retain more of a blue color.

HOWEVER, there’s a simple way to neutralize vodka and tequila and create an even more splendid color change in your color changing cocktails. The trick is to add just the tiniest amount of baking soda! Baking soda is basic (higher pH), so it raises the pH of your naturally acidic alcohol so that the butterfly pea induced color change becomes ever more prominent. One cup of butterfly pea infused vodka, requires less than 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda to change to a blue-shade! It’s such a negligible amount that it won’t affect the taste in any way, but it still produces that magical color change we want! But please notethat this step is optional, and if you prefer not to add anything to your alcohol, you’re more than welcome to skip this step. It only heightens the theatrics! 🙂

I use a very rough titration technique to achieve the color change. I measure out the alcohol that I’ll be using, and then use the tiniest amount of baking soda (using a flat skewer), and add it gradually to the vodka/tequila and swirl to get the blue color. You can use this method to change the color of butterfly pea infused vodka/tequila. Just add a tiny amount of baking soda at a time, while mixing in between, until you achieve your desired color. Also note that gin retains the blue color from the outset since it’s not as acidic as vodka and tequila, so it does not require any baking soda.

You can get Dried Butterfly Pea Flower TeaHow to make Color Changing Alcohol (Vodka, Tequila and Gin) (4) (blue pea flowers) from Amazon or Ebay (unless you live in a place where the plant grows naturally). You can get dried whole flowers, or just the flower petals or even crushed flowers. If you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh flowers, just use the fresh petals (remove the calyx). But they do offer butterfly pea flower extract (called B’lure How to make Color Changing Alcohol (Vodka, Tequila and Gin) (5)) on amazon, which looks pretty darn cool. I haven’t used it, but apparently you only need to use a few drops per cocktail.

The infused alcohol takes on the color of your blue pea flowers in a matter of hours (immediately, if use the B’lure extract). But I like to infuse it overnight. Just make sure to store the alcohol in clean, washed jars, because if your container has any acidic residue, that will affect the color.

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MAKING THE DRINK

You can make the drink any way you want! I’ve given you some options, but in order to get the effect of the color change, I wouldn’t advice using this for cocktails that require some shaking.

Prepare the drink (without the alcohol) in a glass, and then pour the color changing infused alcohol in as the last ingredient, so that you and your guests can enjoy the color change. If you add crushed ice into the glass, it slows down the color change, making it even better (so it’s ideal for Moscow/Kentucky mules or juleps). Alternatively, you can serve the alcohol in a glass, and then pour the lemon/fruit juice last, in front of your guests for the color change. And then top your drink with crushed, color changing magic ice too if you like! 🙂

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How to make Color Changing Alcohol (Vodka, Tequila and Gin) (7)

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Author: Dini K.

Yield: 3 cups of butterfly pea infused alcohol (vodka, gin and tequila)

Cuisine: Worldwide

An easy recipe with one not so secret ingredient (butterfly pea flowers!) to make magical color changing alcohol (vodka, tequila, gin). Wow your friends and family at your next get-together with a show-stopping cocktail!

EASY - This recipe is super easy and requires very little prep time. The end result is liquors that you can make beautiful, show-stopping drinks with! Feel free to apply this technique to whole bottles of vodka/tequila/gin.

Please note there is an inactive overnight step to infuse the alcohol.

US based cup, teaspoon, tablespoon measurements.Common Measurement Conversions.

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Ingredients:

  • 15 - 24 dried butterfly pea / blue pea flowers 5 - 8 flowers per cup of alcohol
  • 240 mL good quality vodka 1 cup
  • 240 mL good quality gin 1 cup
  • 240 mL good quality silver tequila 1 cup
  • 3 clean jars
  • 3 clean bottles
  • Strainer and funnel
  • ¼ tsp baking soda + flat toothpick
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Instructions:

  • Place each of the spirits in the 3 clean jars. Add 5 - 8 flowers into each jar, close tightly and lightly shake the contents to mix.

    240 mL good quality vodka, 240 mL good quality gin, 240 mL good quality silver tequila, 3 clean jars, 15 - 24 dried butterfly pea / blue pea flowers

  • Label and leave the jars in a cool place to infuse overnight.

  • When the spirits turn dark purple or blue in color, strain the alcohol into bottles.

    3 clean bottles, Strainer and funnel

For the vodka and tequila

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 44mLCalories: 104kcal (5%)Sodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgIron: 1mg (6%)

“This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”

Course:Alcohol, Beverages, Cocktails

Cuisine:Worldwide

Keyword:Butterfly Pea Tea,, Color Changing, Flavored Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Vodka

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How do color changing drinks work? ›

The edible blossom infuses the drink with an intense indigo tone that, when mixed with a high-acid ingredient, causes the color to shift from deep blue to pink or purple. In this case, the lemon juice causes that change, but other acidic ingredients like tonic can also produce the eye-catching effect.

How do you add color to vodka? ›

Open up a bottle of vodka and squeeze three to five drops of black gel food coloring. Traditionally used to color cake icing, this thick, seriously black food coloring will really turn your vodka as black as night. Make sure not to add too much, as the extra gel will settle in the bottom of the bottle.

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What makes blue gin turn purple? ›

Yep, Sharish Blue Magic Gin really is quite magical. The gin itself is a bright blue hue, but once poured into a glass and mixed with tonic, it changes to a pale purple/pink colour. The gin itself contains Clitoria Ternatea flowers which gives the spirit its vibrant colour, without the addition of artificial colouring.

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How do you make pink gin with vodka? ›

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Can you add food coloring to drinks? ›

Using food coloring for drinks or cocktails works a charm, especially when you are using a water-soluble product that is compatible with cocktail shimmer dust for added effect.

Why does the colour of the alcohol change? ›

Ethanol change color because ethanol gets oxidized to form ethanoic acid whose color will change from orange to green. Explanation: The ethanol will undergo an oxidation reaction where ethanoic acid is formed which will result in the formation of chromium disulphite.

What liquor is pink in color? ›

Combier's liqueur is distilled from sugar beets and flavored with rose petals, much like rose water. Another sweet pink liqueur that features intensely sugared Scylla and fruity-floral Charybdis, Combier Rose will add a massive punch to a mixed drink.

What alcohols can you mix? ›

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How do you dye a black drink? ›

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What is black vodka made from? ›

The vodka begins just like any other: specifically, it is a triple-distilled, double-filtered grain vodka. Its color comes from an infusion of black catechu bark. Native to Asia, the tree (also known as acacia catechu) is sourced for all sorts of uses, including as a food additive and natural dye.

What flower makes gin purple? ›

We chose this flower for its warm, herbal earthiness, and the softness it contributes to the texture. It plays a flavour role similar to that of angelica in other gins. This botanical is also responsible for the gin's unique colour.

What makes pink gin turn pink? ›

The pink color in this spirit derives from infusion of red and pink produce, spices, or bitters – or even added coloring and sweeteners. Popular ingredients like strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, grape skins, rose petals, and red currents, can add color as well as fragrance and flavor to a pink gin.

Can you add food Colouring to gin? ›

Use a quality gin for the base and refined white sugar along with a neutral food coloring for a subtle yet colorful contribution to your cocktail cabinet.

How do you separate colors in a cocktail? ›

If you want really distinct stripes in your cocktail or mocktail, pour the densest liquid first, working your way up to the least dense. Or, if you want your layers to bleed into each other a little, pour the least dense liquid first, and as the denser liquid trickles to the bottom, the layers will combine a little.

How do you make a two toned drink? ›

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Can I mix gin and vodka? ›

The vodka tonic is an easy-to-make, refreshing mixed drink that is an enjoyable way to unwind at the end of the day. Whereas a gin and tonic relies on the flavor of gin's botanicals, this vodka cocktail is very clean, which allows the taste of the tonic water to really shine against the tart snap of lime.

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Patrick's Day, mixing up a blue Hawaiian or simply coloring your party's punch, adding food coloring to a drink gives it a customized color of your own choosing. While food coloring won't change the taste of your drink, it makes it look festive in whatever color of the rainbow you want.

Why does the colour of the alcohol change? ›

Ethanol change color because ethanol gets oxidized to form ethanoic acid whose color will change from orange to green. Explanation: The ethanol will undergo an oxidation reaction where ethanoic acid is formed which will result in the formation of chromium disulphite.

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Empress 1908 Gin is a remarkable spirit. Created in the city of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island at the edge of Canada's British Columbia, this is where rugged mountains meet stunning Pacific Coast, and traditions are honoured, nature is revered, and innovation drives artistic expression.

What does Empress gin taste like? ›

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Can you put food coloring in gin? ›

Use a quality gin for the base and refined white sugar along with a neutral food coloring for a subtle yet colorful contribution to your cocktail cabinet.

How do you make gin purple? ›

Infuse gin with butterfly pea flowers by letting the flowers soak in gin for about 2 hours. The gin will turn a dark blue color once it is ready. Remove the flower once desired color is accomplished.

How do you dye red vodka? ›

Three to five drops of black gel food coloring should be added to an open bottle of vodka. It is traditionally used for coloring cake icing; this thick, seriously black food coloring will make your vodka dark as the night sky.

What color affects alcohol? ›

Alcohol can reduce your ability to distinguish colors, especially red and green.

Why do we put leaf in alcohol? ›

Complete answer:

We boil the leaf in alcohol when we are checking it for starch to eradicate chlorophyll, which is the green pigment present in leaves. During the starch test, we observe the colour change of leaf from brown to blue when iodine is put on the leaf as iodine reacts with the starch present in the leaf.

What happens when a green leaf is boiled in alcohol? ›

When a leaf is boiled in alcohol like ethanol, it helps to extract chlorophyll and help remove the green color of the leaves. After the removal of chlorophyll, the color of the leaf changes to white, and it is easy to observe the change in the color of iodine as starch gives a blue color to iodine.

What is the purple gin called? ›

Empress Gin has the most beautiful, all-natural indigo hue (often called "purple gin"), that is derived from butterfly pea flower and other botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark.

How do you make pink Empress? ›

The Colour Can Change To Blue OR Pink.

They're red when they're acidic, purple when they're neutral, and blue when they're basic. So if you add acid, say lemon juice, to Empress Gin, it will become a beautiful red-pink colour.

Is Empress gin blue or purple? ›

At first glance, you might think it's a blue-tinted bottle that gives this Canadian gin an indigo hue. In reality, the addition of butterfly pea blossoms late in the distilling process lends Empress 1908 Gin its intriguing violet tone.

What is the most expensive gin? ›

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