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Cocktail of the Week: Butterfly Tonic

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content. Please drink responsibly.

The Butterfly Tonic is a gorgeous drink with brilliant colors. The Butterfly Pea Flower Tea — mixed with the mint syrup — is a refreshing splash that only enhances the honey and mint notes found in the 1884 Uncle Nearest Whiskey. This drink will brighten any party from the inside and out.


  • Uncle Nearest 1884
  • Lime juice
  • Mint syrup (Mint leaves, water, and sugar)
  • Ginger beer
  • .75 oz Butterfly Pea Flower Tea (Loose butterfly pea flower tea)


STEP 1: Mint Syrup

  1. Put 1/2 cup of water and a healthy handful of mint leaves in a pot with the lid on
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove the mint leaves, then add 1 cup of sugar
  4. Simmer until all sugar is dissolved
  5. Allow the mixture to cool
  6. Store in a glass jar in the fridge

STEP 2: Make Tea

  1. Add loose butterfly pea flower tea to boiling water and let steep (follow the direction on the tea packet for best results)

STEP 3: Mix Drink

  1. Add 2 oz. Uncle Nearest 1884 Whiskey to the bottom of a chilled tall glass
  2. Add 2 tbs. of fresh lime juice, then 1/2 oz. of mint syrup, stir well with a long spoon
  3. Add ice and fill the glass almost to the top with chilled ginger beer and stir gently
  4. Add 3/4 oz. of chilled Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, you will notice that the color of the tea will magically change as you add it to other liquid - allow the tea to slowly mingle with the drink and enjoy the show
  5. Garnished with a mint leaves and dried Butterfly Pea Flower Tea