Yay or Nay: What's the Verdict on Earl Grey with Milk?

earl grey with milk

Earl Grey tea is actually a pretty popular brew.

However, it is drunk differently in different parts of the world – just like most tea is.

So, you may have wondered if you can make Earl Grey with milk.

And, if this is the case, how could you whip this combination up?

 Well, here is what you need to know about this topic…

What Do You Put in Earl Grey Tea – Milk, Lemon, or Nothing?

This can be a bit of a fierce debate among Earl Grey tea enthusiasts.

How are you supposed to make and take this tea?

There are cultural and personal preferences at play here.

In England, most people will sweeten their Earl Grey tea with sugar and add a splash of lemon.

In the States, however, people will either drink their tea plain or add some milk to it.

Earl Grey Tea Plain

How to Drink Earl Grey Tea with Milk

The thing is, you can’t actually make Earl Grey tea with milk in the same that you would make a regular cup of black tea.

This is due to the presence or bergamot oil in the tea.

If you aren't careful, the oil can cause the milk to curdle.

Now, there are two solutions to this problem.

The first is to brew a weaker cup of Earl Grey tea.

This will ensure that the quantity of bergamot oil in the cup is greatly reduced. 

The other option is to steep the tea in a separate cup.

Then, pour the milk into the cup that you will be drinking out of.

Slowly pour in the Earl Grey tea that you have brewed for yourself.

This tactic will allow the milk to gently warm up, preventing the curdling action from taking place.

Earl Grey Tea with Milk Recipes

There is more than one way to enjoy your Earl Grey with milk.

Here are some recipes that you can try out:

Earl Grey Tea with Milk and Sugar Recipe

Serves 1


  • 7 ounces of water
  • 1 Earl Grey teabag or 1 tsp. of loose leaf tea
  • Milk to taste
  • Sugar to taste


Step 1: Heat the Water
Pour the water into a kettle and heat it until just before it begins to boil.

Take the water off the heat.

Step 2: Brew the Tea 

In a separate cup, add the teabag or tea leaves.

Pour in six ounces of water.

Allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes, depending on strength preference.

If using tea leaves, strain the leaves out.

Step 3: Heat the cup

Pour the leftover water from the kettle into your final cup.

Tilt the cup so that the hot water is able to warm the entire interior of the cup.

Step 4: Add the Milk and Tea 

Pour the milk into the final cup.

Then, slowly pour in the Earl Grey tea.

Step 5: Sweeten to Taste 

Add your desired amount of sugar and stir well.

How to Drink Earl Grey Tea

London Fog Recipe

Serves 1


  • ¾ cup of water
  • 2 tsp. of loose leaf Earl Grey tea or 1 teabag
  • ¾ cup of milk of your choosing
  • 2 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1tsp. of vanilla extract


Step 1: Heat the Water

Heat the water until just before it begins to boil.

Take the water off the heat.

Step 2: Brew the Earl Grey Tea 

Add the leaves or teabag to a cup.

Add the water.

Allow to steep for five minutes.

Remove the teabag or strain the tea leaves.

Step 3: Heat the Milk

Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave.

The milk should be hot but shouldn’t come to a boil.

Step 4: Froth the Milk 

Use an electric frother to froth the milk.

If you don’t have one, pour the milk into a glass jar and tighten the lid.

Shake the jar up and down until the milk has reached optimal frothiness.

Step 5: Assemble the Drink  

Add the sugar and vanilla to the tea. Stir well.

Pour the frothed milk on top of the tea.

Earl Grey Milk Tea with Boba Recipe

Serves 1


For the Boba

  • 2 tbs. of tapioca balls (boba)
  • Water
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 4 tbs. of sugar

For the Tea

  • 1.5 tsp. of loose leaf tea or 1 teabag
  • 6 ounces of near-boiling water
  • Sugar to taste
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • Ice


Step 1: Boil the Boba 

In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.

Add the boba and cook according to instructions.

Step 2: Make Simple Syrup

Boil the ¼ cup of water and add the sugar.

Turn off the heat.

Mix until all the sugar has been combined.

Step 3: Sweeten Boba

Add the boba to the simple syrup.

Allow to rest in syrup for several minutes.

Step 4: Brew the Tea

Add tea leaves to a pitcher or teapot. Pour in the water.

Allow the tea leaves to steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on strength preference.

Step 5: Make the Milk Tea

Add the milk and sugar to the hot tea and stir well.

Allow the tea to cool to room temperature or place in refrigerator until cold.

Step 6: Assemble Drink

Pour in the boba and syrup into a glass.

Add ice. Pour in the milk tea over the ice.

Add boba straw.

These are all the different ways that you can drink Earl Grey tea with milk. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make this combination work!

So, if you are looking to experiment, there are many options available.

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Dheena Sadik

Dr. Dheena Sadik

Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician

Author Bio

Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. However, her love for tea began long before she understood the health benefits of tea. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Dheena had the privilege of being surrounded by the world-famous Ceylon tea. This is what got her started on her exploration of the various types of tea. She has now extensively tasted and examined teas from all over the world.

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