Fresh Genie of Bel-Air

Drink photos by Joshua Vasko

My manager and I were trying to figure out what to do with a jasmine and vanilla sugar that had been infusing for three months. It was around the same time as the new Aladdin trailer dropped, so we knew we had to incorporate the film into the drink. But we couldn’t stop there as we pride ourselves on our artistic aesthetics. We added butterfly pea powder to give the latte a blue hue to signify Genie. The Will Smith part was actually a joke that we didn’t fully intend on including, however, we’re glad we did.


  • Milk of choice
  • 1 tsp butterfly pea powder
  • Jasmine/vanilla syrup (see below)
  • Will Smith stencil and cinnamon (optional)

Jasmine/Vanilla Syrup Ingredients

  • 450 g sugar
  • 500 g 175-degree water
  • 10 g jasmine tea leaves


  1. Create a simple syrup using water and sugar.
  2. Steep jasmine tea leaves for 4 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture and bottle.

Drink Assembly

  1. Pull a double shot of espresso.
  2. Mix espresso with 1 oz jasmine/vanilla syrup.
  3. Steam milk of choice.
  4. Add butterfly pea powder to milk pitcher after steaming. Stir.
  5. Pour.

(Optional) Top with cinnamon using Will Smith stencil.

Fresh Genie of Bel-Air

Created by Kyia Hudson for Queen City Grounds, Charlotte, North Carolina