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How to make the most delicious Earl Grey Tea with milk

While earl grey is already delicious on its own, the combination of Earl Grey tea with milk has a special and delicious quality to it.
The aroma of the tea flavors the milk giving it an elegant and refreshing touch that’s difficult to describe.
No wonder it’s one of those tea types that are often enjoyed with milk!

But if you’re wondering whether Earl Grey could cause milk to curdle or if you simply want easy and clear instructions on how to make Earl Grey milk tea like you would find in a tea shop, keep reading: this post will answer all your questions!

What is Earl Grey milk tea?

Earl Grey is a type of tea that consists of black tea flavored with the oil extracted from the rind of bergamot oranges, a citrus fruit.

This tea blend is named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, who was a British Prime Minister in the 19th century and it’s known for the distinctive citrusy aroma that comes from the bergamot oil.

Earl Grey is a popular and well-loved tea worldwide that tastes great as plain, but also with milk.

Since milk enhance the richness of the tea, Earl Grey milk tea has become a favorite amount tea enthusiast around the world and a popular choice in tea shops.

Can you add milk to Earl Grey?

Pouring milk into a cup with homemade decaf earl grey tea

Since citrus fruits are acidic and can cause milk to curdle, you may wonder if adding milk to Earl Grey, which contains bergamot oil, a citrus ingredient, is a good idea.

Fortunately, the likelihood of Earl Grey causing milk to curdle is quite low.
As a hardcore Earl Grey milk tea lover, I’ve personally tried various types of Earl Grey with different milk options, and I have never experienced curdling.

However, if you have encountered clumping or curdling when adding milk to your Earl Grey, there are a few things you can try:

  • Warm your milk before adding it to the tea – by the way, milk froths better when it’s warm, so warming milk before adding it to tea is a common practice to make tea latte anyway
  • An alternative way to warm your milk – Some people like to pre-warm the cup with hot water, then discard the water before pouring in the milk, so the milk doesn’t experience a temperature shock when mixed with the hot tea.
  • Another tip is to add the milk slowly, pouring it in a gentle and gradual manner.
  • Since bergamot oil is the ingredient that can potentially cause curdling, tea blends that either don’t contain it or have lower amounts (such as those using bergamot peel) are less likely to induce curdling.
    However, I personally haven’t experienced curdling even when using my homemade Earl Grey, which contains pure bergamot oil.
  • In my experience, if you’re preparing iced tea, it doesn’t matter if the milk is cold, as the tea itself is also cold.

How to make Earl Grey milk tea


  • Earl Grey tea (I use my homemade Earl Grey)
  • Sugar or simple syrup if making it iced (Optional)
  • Milk of Choice
  • Tapioca pearls – Totally optional, in case you want to make Earl Grey boba tea


Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make Earl Grey Milk Tea

  1. Steep tea

    Pour fresh boiled water over earl grey tea. You’ll need 1 tsp. of loose tea or 1 tea bag per serving.
    Let steep for 2-4 minutes, then remove the tea solids.Homemade earl grey tea blend steeping in a teapot

  2. Flavor to taste

    If desired, add some sugar or sweetener of choice and follow with some milk.
    Enjoy warm or iced.Pouring milk over iced earl grey


  • Look bellow under “Variations – Iced Earl Grey Milk Tea” for tricks if you want this drink iced.
  • If you have seen your milk forming clumps when you add it to Earl Grey, please go back to the section titled “Can you add milk to Earl Grey?” for more information.


Iced Earl Grey Milk Tea

Glass with iced earl grey with milk. White lilies decorating the table

Making iced Earl Grey tea with milk is actually quite easy.
The only difference compared to making it hot is that you use less water, so when you add ice cubes, the tea doesn’t get diluted.

Here’s how you make cold Earl Grey with milk:

  1. Steep earl grey in fresh boiled water.
    For each serving you’ll need 1 tsp. loose tea or 1 tea bag and only 1/2 cup of water.
  2. After the steep time is over, remove the tea solids either by straining the tea or removing the tea bag.
    Sweeten to taste while the tea is still hot. This way, the sugar will easily dissolve.
  3. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the tea over them.
    I recommend letting the tea cool down for at least 30 minutes if possible.
    But if you’re in a rush, you can pour it directly onto the ice.
    In this case, pour it slowly to prevent the glass from cracking.
  4. Slowly pour some milk into the tea and enjoy the beautiful swirls and clouds it creates.

Pro Tip

If you prepare this drink ahead of time, you can cold brew your earl grey. Simply let it steep in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

In this case there’s no need to make the tea extra concentrated, so the ratio would be around 1 teaspoon or teabag per 1 cup of water.

Keep in mind that if you want to sweeten this cold tea, using syrup (such as my sugar-free simple syrup or regular maple syrup) will be better than granulated sugar.

Earl Grey bubble Tea

To make a earl grey milk tea like in boba shops, just add your topping of choice, like cooked tapioca balls, grass jelly or brown sugar syrup.

Rooibos Earl Grey Milk Tea

Homemade rooibos Earl Grey with milk

If you’d like a completely caffeine-free version, you can substitute the regular earl grey for my homemade rooibos earl grey tea blend.
It’s incredibly delicious!

For a decaf version, you can also make your own decaf earl grey.

Are Earl Grey Milk Tea and London Fog Tea the same?

London Fog tea is essentially Earl Grey tea with milk, but the difference is that London Fog has a touch of vanilla.
Some variations of London Fog tea also incorporate lavender, but the addition of lavender is optional.

Is there caffeine in Earl Grey Milk Tea?

Yes, earl grey’s base is black tea, so it has caffeine in it. According to the USDA, a cup of black tea has around 47 mg. caffeine per serving.
If you prefer a decaf Earl Grey, you can try making your own Earl Grey with decaf tea or for a completely caffeine-free version, make Rooibos Earl Grey.

Earl grey milk tea in a glass. Homemade earl grey tea blend and white lilies as decoration
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Earl Grey Milk Tea Recipe

How to make earl grey tea with milk
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Prep Time:10 minutes


  • Tea pot Or any heat resistant glass


  • 1 tsp. Earl Grey tea or 1 tea bag
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Fresh boiled water Only use around ⅓ cup for the iced version*
  • ¼ Cup Milk of choice


  • Steep the tea for 2-4 minutes in freshly boiled water.
    Homemade earl grey tea blend steeping in a teapot
  • When steep time is over, remove the tea solids and sweeten if desired.
    Sweetening earl grey tea with a spoon of xylitol
  • Serve with milk to taste.
    Pouring milk over iced earl grey


To make iced earl grey milk tea:
  • Use much less water to steep the tea. This way the tea won’t taste watered down when adding ice cubes.
  • Sweeten while the tea is still hot, so the sweetener dissolves easily.
  • You may cold brew the earl gray (steep it in cold water for 6 hours or overnight in the fridge). 
    Take into consideration that in this case, you’d need to sweetened with simple syrup.


Calories: 70kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 70kcal

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