Who doesn’t love a great looking and tasting cocktail!?! While I drink wine at home, I will often be seen enjoying a cocktail whenever out and about with friends or on date night. When recently working on a space birthday party theme, I thought it would be super fun to create a galaxy cocktail recipe for the adults to enjoy. This stunningly beautiful galaxy cocktail uses a few simple ingredients, and a game changing color shifting ingredient that I just LOVE! Keep scrolling for the entire recipe plus ingredient tips to help you shop and prepare.
Understanding the Ingredients for a Galaxy Cocktail
I LOVE to cook and create in the kitchen. I come from a food science background (my mom taught the subject in high school), so I really enjoy learning about each ingredient I use. I love understanding the flavor profiles and how they interact with one another in a recipe. So, we are sharing some tid bits about each of the ingredients found in our galaxy cocktail recipe. For the full recipe, simply skip to the end of this post.
Butterfly Pea Flowers
These simple dried flowers are the game changing ingredient to this galaxy inspired cocktail! Butterfly pea flowers naturally infuse color into just about anything, but certainly a varitey of alcohols. To create your color infused alcohol, simply add a few dried flowers into a pitcher or air tight container for a few hours, or overnight. Drain and reserve the liquid, discarding the dried flowers before adding your other ingredients. You can find butterfly pea flowers in specialty food stores or online.
Color Infused Alcohol
When you infuse gin with dried butterfly pea flowers, this is the resulting color! I love how naturally vibrant this deep blue coloring is! To infuse your alcohol with this coloring, simply add a few dried butterfly pea flowers into the liquid and let it sit for a few hours, or overnight. Discard the flowers prior to serving.
Simple syrup adds sweetness to your raspberry martini cocktail! You can find pre-mixed versions of simple syrup at your local grocer or liquor store. Or, you can make your own. To create your own simple syrup, add equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan. Heat the two ingredients until the sugar has completely dissolved, then allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
Frozen Raspberries as Ice
Frozen raspberries add a pop of color to this galaxy cocktail, plus offer an alternative to shaken ice in the recipe. Freeze a handful of fresh raspberries laying flat until needed for your cocktail recipe.
Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh lemons offer the secret sauce for this color changing galaxy cocktail recipe! The acidic nature of fresh lemons (or lemon juice) causes the butterfly pea infused gin to change colors!
Galaxy Cocktail Recipe – Raspberry Gin Martini
Serving Size: One
- 4-6 frozen raspberries
- 1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¾oz simple syrup
- ¾oz vermouth
- 5oz butterfly pea infused gin (or vodka)
- Place the frozen raspberries into the base of a martini glass.
- Add the lemon juice, vermouth and simple syrup, gently stirring to combine.
- Add your color infused gin (or vodka) to the cocktail, using the back of a spoon to slow down the pouring, adding a layer to the top of this cocktail.
- Serve immediately.
How exactly does the infused alcohol change color? Dried butterfly pea flowers naturally infuse color into alcohol. And, when that infused alcohol comes into contact with something acidic, it changes color. When butterfly pea flowers are mixed with alcohol, which is already slightly acidic, it will turn the liquid into a blue to purple range of coloring. Gin, which is slightly less acidic that vodka, will have a deeper blue color than vodka once infused. A butterfly pea flower infused vodka will change from purple to pink, whereas an infused gin will turn from a deeper blue to lighter purple. Both alcohol options will taste delicious in this raspberry martini recipe!
We hope that you love this galaxy inspired cocktail! Please share if you find any other fun cocktail recipe combinations using this natural color changing technique!
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