After trying out the color changing tea in a few cocktails, I wanted to revisit the tea and have a little more fun with it. Whenever you experiment, there is always varying degrees of success and failure. Here’s what we came up with:

You bartenders and your crazy ice !!!


The one technique that I was really excited about was something I am coining “Inception Ice.” Basically it is smaller ice cube frozen inside a larger ice cube. The ideaInception Ice was that I would trap the blue tea ice inside of regular ice with the hopes that as the regular ice began to melt, it would slowly begin to expose the blue tea ice, thereby changing the color of the cocktail after a certain amount of time.

The problem that I encountered was when I tried to freeze the blue ice within the larger ice, I could not keep the blue ice from moving to one side of the ice cube tray, there by exposing the blue tea ice immediately. I tried the same technique with frozen lemonade with similar results. I’m sure there is a way to capture the ice in the dead center of the larger cube, but I’ll leave this idea to much more patient people.


My next idea showed a lot more promise. I had an idea to use the basic properties of baking soda to change the color of the cocktail back to blue. After a little research I found that consuming baking soda in small quantities is not only safe, but can help with calming indigestion. Once again, back to the freezer and a fresh batch of ice- Sodium Bicarbonate ice this time.

After combining a small amount of baking soda and water, I throw it into the freezer and once again played the waiting game. When the ice was finally frozen, it seemed like it pushed some of the baking soda to the top of the ice, as it fine white coating on the outside of the ice. I dusted it off, smashed it into pebble size pieces and layered into a cocktail. Baking soda ice at the bottom, and regular ice on top. To my surprise it totally worked. There was a “chalky” quality to the drink, not unpleasant, but more along the lines of the mineral qualities that you might get from an old world wine.

Now that I had the taste of success, it was time to get creative. I still had the lemonade “Inception” ice from the previous Stacking the iceexperiment and the idea was to stack the different ice to achieve a separation of color within the glass. I chose to put the baking soda ice in between 2 layers of lemonade ice with the hopes that as I poured the cocktail it would turn into different “bands of color.” The idea was crazy enough that it just might work.

Make sure to watch the video to see how it turned out.

Do you have any ideas that you would like us to try with this color changing tea? Leave us a comment.

Chris Tunstall

Co-Founder of A Bar Above and career bartender and mixologist. I love experimenting, creating cocktails, and drinking Green Chartreuse.