How to Make a Trippy, Color-Changing Cocktail

We dropped by the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to get some insider tips on making a trippy, color-changing cocktail.

Here, Mariena Mercer, chef mixologist at the Chandelier Bar, demonstrates how to make one of their most popular libations inspired by Alice and Wonderland: We’re All Mad Here.

Gin is infused with butterfly pea flower, which has a low pH. When it hits citrus, the acid changes the color from blue to purple to pink. It’s a mesmerizing way to entertain your guests.

Here’s how to make it on your own.


For the Chardonnay Cardamom Ginger Syrup

  • ½ cup chardonnay
  • 1 liter simple syrup
  • ¼ cup green cardamom pods (cracked)
  • 1 cup ginger juice


For the Chardonnay Cardamom Ginger Syrup: Bring ingredients to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, let cool, and strain.

For the cocktail: Add the syrup, H20Apple Rosewater, lemon juice, SoHo Lychee, and St. Germain. Shake for 20 seconds. Add an ice sphere to a glass and pour Empress Indigo Gin over it. Then, add the cocktail mixture.


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