Chardonnay Violet (with Butterfly Pie)

Chardonnay Violet

A summer twist on a white wine!

Preperation Time

5 min

Brewing Time

1 min

Total Time

6 min


Last weeks I stayed with my family in the south of France. After a long day of enjoying on and in the water, I felt like a refreshing drink.

Even though we are abroad, my own stock of tea and herbs is of course always with me when traveling! In this case also the Butterfly Pie. Nice to entertain your children or guests.

Our children always ask for 'blue' ice cubes during the summer, which are of course always nicer and more beautiful than the normal white ice cubes. That's why I had made blue ice cubes from Butterfly Pie for my children earlier that week.

This is where I got the idea to add the blue ice cubes to a glass of Chardonnay. A beautiful spectacle of colors unfolded in front of me. The Chardonnay slowly changed from light pink to a beautiful dark purple color. Chardonnay Violet was born!

"Officially, there is actually no Chardonnay Violet. And the real wine purist will turn his nose up at this, but I thought the name was very appropriate!"

WHAT is Chardonnay Violet?

Chardonnay Violet is French for Purple Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a soft dry white wine with fruit accents such as mango and pineapple.

Officially, there is actually no Chardonnay Violet. And the real wine purist will turn his nose up at this, but I thought the name was very appropriate!

Normally Butterfly Pie in water gives a blue color. But due to the acidity of the grapes, the color changes to purple.

Fortunately, Butterfly Pie does not naturally have an overpowering taste. This makes it hardly noticeable.

Blue ice cubes made from Butterfly Pie in a glass of Chardonnay

What do you need for a Chardonnay Violet?

You don't really need that much stuff to make Chardonnay Violet. For one glass of Chardonnay Violet, use the following ingredients:

Hoe maak je een Chardonnay Violet?

The process of turning an ordinary Chardonnay into a magical Chardonnay Violet is very simple. You just need some patience. Making the blue ice cubes unfortunately takes some time. But once done, the party can begin!

  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Pour the water into the teapot or bottle
  • Add the Butterfly Pie to the hot water
  • Let the Butterfly Pie steep for 5 to 8 minutes. The water now turns into a beautiful dark blue
  • Pour the blue water into the ice cube tray
  • Then let the ice cube mold cool in the freezer for an hour
  • Remove the blue ice cubes from the freezer
  • Add your blue ice cubes to your cold glass of Chardonnay
  • Slowly your Chardonnay will turn into a deep purple color
  • Cheers!

As you can see, not a difficult recipe at all. Certainly you will  impress your company! Do you like the above recipe? Leave your comment in the comment box below.

- Kirsten -

Blue ice cubes made from Buttefly Pie in purple Chardonnay

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For a large part of her life Kirsten has had a passion for entrepreneurship and tea. Since 2014, she has been combining this with her husband, Niels, in the tea specialty store Het Kleinste Huis (The Smallest House in Amsterdam). Kirsten likes to write about things that keep her busy (this doesn't have to be just tea!).

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