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Galaxy [Magical] Lemonade Experiment (w/ Some Adjustments)

Updated: Aug 27


I decided to try out this Galaxy [Magical] Lemonade for Smoke & Mirrors Day from theflavorbender.com on Pinterest. It changes colors! It's so cool! I had to make some adjustments due to struggle times, but it's still pretty cool.



https://www.pinterest.de/pin/778348748086754032/

https://www.theflavorbender.com/galaxy-color-changing-lemonade-slushie/


Smoke & Mirrors Day

Smoke & Mirrors Day is celebrated on March 29th of each year. The source of the name is based on magicians’ illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a confusing burst of smoke. Generally, “smoke and mirrors” may refer to any sort of presentation by which the audience is intended to be deceived.

https://sciencemadefun.net/blog/smoke-mirrors-day/


Attempt #1:



The secret magical ingredient is Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. This is what it looks like. It's like any floral tea -- like chrysanthemum, etc.


"Butterfly-pea flower tea commonly known as Blue Tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea, or tisane, beverage made from a decoction or infusion of the flower petals or even whole flower of the Clitoria ternatea plant. Clitoria ternatea is also known as butterfly-pea, blue-pea, Aprajita, Cordofan pea, Blue Tea Flowers or Asian pigeonwings.


Derived from a plant that is common to most South East Asian countries butterfly pea flower tea has been brewed for centuries but only recently been introduced to tea drinkers outside the indigenous area. Butterfly pea flower tea gains its distinctive tint from the deep blue color of the petals that has made the plant a popular dye for centuries. One of the aspects of the tea is the fact that the liquid changes color based on the pH level of the substance added to it, for instance, adding lemon juice to the tea will turn it purple.


Clitoria flowers or blue tea flowers are used for their many medicinal properties in Ayurveda."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_pea_flower_tea


You may remember those acid-base paper strips from science class. From the website, the bestscienceproject: butterfly pea flower tea can be used in a similar way as those acid-base paper strips.




https://thebestscienceproject.com/utilization-butterfly-pea-flower-extract-clitoria-ternatea-multi-functional-economical-acid-base-indicator/


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To make the galaxy lemonade, you make butterfly pea flower tea and then you make it into ice cubes. I just boiled some tea in water.


I had some extra tea and made some cool eggs. One of them I posted about already. Photo at the bottom of the post.

https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/symmetric-ombr%C3%A9-color-blocking-egg-unintentional-too




I left them overnight. You crush the ice cubes. I used a hammer (haha!) for the first part of the experiment.






Then you add lemon juice -- to see the magic.


















RESULT: Success.


We are good at this. Not a full ! because I only used 1/2 lemon. You can see some color change, but it's not so obvious. I re-read the post from theflavorbender.com and it recommended you use 8-10 lemons! I didn't have that many.


Since it's science and not magic (haha!) and acid-base chemistry, I decided to use vinegar (acetic acid)...


I just drank this butterfly pea tea version of an Arnold Palmer. Haha!


Give it a try! We are good at this!








Attempt #2:


I had some leftover ice cubes. I just put them in a glass, added water and poured some vinegar in it.





RESULT: Success! :)


We are good at this! Color change! Magic! (Or science!) You can see some magenta forming in there. :)


I didn't drink this one. I used it to clean my sink a little bit with some baking powder.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/does-baking-soda-vinegar-work-for-a-clogged-sink


That was fun! I have some fun colorful tea to drink now. This Galaxy Lemonade is a fun mock-tail or cocktail anytime or for parties. It's a fun science experiment too. :)


Give it a try! We are good at this!





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Here is the egg I posted about already. I have another cool egg I'm working on, which was dyed with leftover butterfly pea tea flowers.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/symmetric-ombr%C3%A9-color-blocking-egg-unintentional-too


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