I’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. Steeping 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.

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!

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Comments (16)
  1. 1
    Iclal | Passion & Paranoia November 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

    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. 2
    Jessica Rose November 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

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


  3. 3
    Laura | Lauresque November 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

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

  4. 4
    Chanel Dror November 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

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

  5. 5
    Dee Shoots November 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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

  6. 6
    Eimant? November 12, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Looks delicious, definitely going to try it! 🙂


  7. 7
    Jessi Afshin November 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

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

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    Jessica November 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    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!!

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    Jacquin - Interiors by Jacquin November 14, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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

  10. 10
    lemon tierres (@lemontierres) November 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

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

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    Natalie Wood November 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    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. 12
    Magpie Fields| Emily Whittenburg December 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    oh yes, this looks and sounds delightful!