Easy Elegance: Cambodian Breeze

Today, I’m going to show you the only magic trick I know! It’s really just a fun bit of science, but it’s impressive and makes for a great cocktail. Butterfly Pea Flowers come from southeast Asia. I first saw them in Cambodia where they’re used to make a refreshing and vibrantly-colored tea. They’re not difficult to find - I order mine on Amazon!

To start, you simply make some tea. For every 8 oz of boiling water, add 1 tsp. of dried pea flowers and 1 tbsp. of honey. Stir well and allow to steep for about 20 minutes. Remove the flowers and chill the tea until it’s ice cold.

Once your tea is chilled, pour 3/4 of a cup into a glass with some ice, preferably one large cube so that it melts slowly and doesn’t dilute your drink. Add 1.5 oz. of vodka or gin. Now for the fun - stir in 3 tbsp of fresh lime juice and watch the color change!

Lastly, a tiny umbrella and a straw. Time to kick back with your exotic refreshment. Simple, elegant, and no one has to know how easy it was!

The Seasoned Cynic’s Cambodian Breeze


Dried Butterfly Pea Flowers


Boiling water

Vodka or gin

Fresh lime juice



  1. Combine hot water with the dried pea flowers and honey. For every 8 ounces of water, add 1 tbsp. honey and 1 tsp. pea flowers. Steep for 20 minutes. Remove the flowers and chill until ice cold.

  2. Pour 3/4 cup of tea into a glass with a large ice cube. For every serving, add 1.5 ounces vodka or gin, then stir in 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice.

  3. Top off with a straw and a tiny umbrella. Enjoy!

Madeleine Dee prepares her beautiful Cambodian Breeze cocktail with fresh lime, butterfly pea flowers, and honey! Refreshing, easy, and elegant. Recipe: theseasonedcynic.com/home/cambodianbreeze

Read Madeleine's article about the Cambodian Breeze and Hyland Glass at TheSeasonedCynic.com or in the July 2019 issue of Today's Woman Magazine!

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