If you have tired hibiscus tea before, you know that when brewed, initially the water turns into a dark navy blue color and later becomes an intense crimson red. This isn’t too strange, is it? Recently I came across a mysterious tea from the Jatujak Market in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a herbal tea made up solely of dried water morning glory flowers.
I couldn’t believe my own eyes when I saw that after brewing the flowers the tea came out blue! And not just any blue, but a rather unnatural looking azure-like shade, much like the color of Na’vi people in James Cameron’s Avatar. Of course the longer you brew it the darker the shade becomes. Apart from the unique color its aroma or taste are not particularly attractive, unless you like a brew that smells like grill chips. The dry flowers have a very food-like aroma, it’s nothing like a floral, sweet scent that makes your nostrils dance.
The liquor doesn’t have much taste when you brew it for a short time, it feels thick and is like slightly salted water. You could compare it to a mild version of chrysanthemum tea. I found out that when you steep the flowers in water for a one-two weeks it will result in a mildly alcoholic wine with a very mild psychedelic effect! Adding herbs and honey will enhance the flavor. Seeds of the morning glory aka. heavenly blue can be made into a brew with more intense psychedelic effects. So BEWARE.
The picture below depicts the actual color of the liquor (no Photoshop action there) and some dried flowers. As a regular tea drinker and connoisseur I would say that apart from the beautiful color there is no extraordinary drinking experience here.