Spiced Earl Grey Milk Tea

By Kristen Schryver
spiced earl grey milk tea and biscotti

spiced earl grey milk tea and biscottiI’m not much of a coffee drinker, but tea, well, that’s a drink I can get behind. Herbal, green, black, white, rooibos – I love it all! And after studying in China this summer, I fell even more in love with all things tea, especially nai chá (or “milk tea,” for those of us not so adept at Mandarin). It’s essentially tea with evaporated or condensed milk, so it’s richer and more satisfying than your average cup, and, take my word for it – it’s so good. As the temperature outside continues to drop, I find myself craving something warm, spicy and comforting, and this adaptation of the classic Chinese treat is nothing short of perfection. earl grey milk tea and biscottiSteeping the sachets in milk and adding flavors of rich vanilla bean, spicy cardamom and sweet honey elevate earl grey tea into something extra special, something meant to be shared with friends on a crisp autumn day. Serve the tea with your favorite biscotti for dipping and you have a delicious afternoon pick-me-up. So, grab your favorite mug and pull on your coziest sweater because, well, you’re in for quite a treat.earl grey milk teaearl grey milk tea and cozy sweater

Spiced Earl Grey Milk Tea

Serves 2

Spiced Earl Grey Milk Tea

By Camille Styles


2 cups milk (soy or almond milk would work well, too)

2 sachets earl grey tea

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

4 black cardamom pods

honey, to taste


  1. Place milk in a stovetop pot.
  2. Scrape seeds out of vanilla bean and add them, along with the vanilla bean pod and cardamom pods, to the milk.
  3. Bring milk mixture to a low boil and then turn off the heat.
  4. Add tea sachets to the pot and let milk steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain out vanilla bean pod and cardamom pods and pour milk tea into 2 glasses.
  6. Add honey, to taste, and enjoy!

Comments (16)

  1. Iclal | Passion & Paranoia says:

    I’m not even exaggerating, I was thinking of making this today! I grew up in a house where my mother drank earl grey daily and as kids, whenever we wanted to drink it too, my mother would mix the tea with milk and honey and give it to us! Thank you for sharing this, made me very happy!

  2. Jessica Rose says:

    Thanks for this recipe….I’ve never made/tried anything like this before…;))

  3. Laura | Lauresque says:

    This sounds absolutely scrumptious! I’d love to try it soon 🙂 X

  4. Chanel Dror says:

    This was the yummiest thing ever. Craving a cup of it now!

  5. Dee Shoots says:

    this looks so delicious. its always about fancy coffees, everyone forgets us tea drinkers. thanks you 🙂

  6. Eimant? says:

    Looks delicious, definitely going to try it! 🙂

  7. Jessi Afshin says:

    I second Chanel… I want more! Great job, Kristen!

  8. Jessica says:

    Oh, I love this idea. I’m a total coffee drinker, and I enjoy tea, but I don’t know enough about it. Love the creaminess. Definitely going to try this out because it’s been quite chilly around here!!

  9. Jacquin - Interiors by Jacquin says:

    oooh! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  10. lemon tierres (@lemontierres) says:

    This is so lovely and I can’t wait to try it! X

  11. Natalie Wood says:

    I just sent myself this recipe! I am definitely going to try milk in my tea!!! This was really fun to read about… thanks Kristen!

  12. Magpie Fields| Emily Whittenburg says:

    oh yes, this looks and sounds delightful!

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