Homemade Earl Grey Syrup (Earl Grey Simple Syrup Recipe)
For a touch of that classic black tea flavor and a little sweetness in your cocktails and lattes, make this delicious earl grey syrup recipe! It has a subtle bitterness and aromatic citrus flavor that tastes amazing in any beverage or even your baked goods!
If you love adding tea flavors to more than just your mug, try these delicious Matcha Scones! They’re made with white chocolate chips and a bright pink raspberry glaze for an eye-catching appearance.
These Earl Grey Scones have a mellow tea flavor and delicious flakes of orange zest in the sugar glaze. Yum!
What is earl grey syrup?
This earl grey simple syrup is made by infusing real earl grey tea leaves in a mixture of water and sugar. As you heat the water, the sugar crystals dissolve and become suspended in the liquid.
It can then be used to sweeten any beverage and add a subtle earl grey flavor to a cup of homemade soda, a lavender latte, or even cocktails!
- Organic cane sugar: You can use any kind of crystallized sugar for this earl grey simple syrup recipe, including brown sugar. I prefer to use cane sugar to let the tea flavor remain prominent.
- Water: Use cold water, ideally filtered to avoid any minerals that may cause the syrup to crystallize.
- Earl Grey tea: Either use earl grey tea bags or whole-leaf earl grey tea. Either will work just fine!
How to Make Earl Grey Syrup
1. In a small saucepan, add the sugar, water, and tea.
2. Turn the stove onto medium heat and stir the mixture occasionally until the sugar crystals dissolve. Turn off the heat.
3. Allow the sugar mixture to cool at room temperature for 15-30 minutes to allow the tea to infuse more flavor. If using tea bags, remove them at this time.
4. Place the narrow funnel into the mason jar. If using loose leaf earl grey tea, add the fine mesh strainer to remove any loose tea. Pour the syrup through the strainer and funnel into the jar.
5. Use as desired.
Recipes That Use Earl Grey Syrup
Add this syrup to a variety of different treats and drinks, including these earl grey cocktails and more.
This Earl Grey Old Fashioned Cocktail from Cocktail Contessa tastes heavenly! The flavors of bourbon and earl grey go so well together, especially with a little fresh lemon.
Make an Earl Grey Tea Spritz from Bobby Flat by combining this syrup with champagne.
This Earl Grey Lavender Cocktail from Frontier has a sophisticated flavor that’s fun to sip.
For a non-alcoholic drink, make this refreshing Earl Grey Tea Cream Soda from The Tea Cup of Life.
Brush your earl grey syrup onto the layers of this Earl Grey Cake from Liv for Cake for even more tea flavor.
Add it to these Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream from Vintage Kitty for a delectable treat.
Store any leftover syrup in an airtight container, like a mason jar or glass bottle. Keep it in the fridge. It will last for 3-4 weeks.
- To make earl grey vanilla syrup, add 1-2 whole vanilla beans to the syrup mixture. Be sure to slice it longwise to allow the vanilla caviar to escape.
- Enhance the bergamot flavor by adding lemon peel or orange peel (no pith) to the syrup.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of dried lavender for a delicate floral flavor that makes anything taste like a London Fog.
- This recipe is really flexible. You can follow these instructions with any type of herbal teas or black tea, including lady grey. Just be sure to taste the syrup to make sure it isn’t becoming too bitter.
- Prefer a thicker syrup? This earl gray syrup recipe makes a simple syrup, which always has a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. You can make a rich syrup by using half as much liquid (or twice as much sugar) for a 1:2 ratio of water to sugar. This will be more like pancake syrup. Since it will be so thick and sweet, I recommend using two tea bags to get enough tea flavor.
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Yes. Since earl grey tea has caffeine, this syrup will contain some as well. However, you won’t be using much syrup per beverage, reducing the caffeine amount.
If this is a problem, you can use decaffeinated earl grey loose leaf tea instead.
Yes! You can make a simple syrup with all different types of tea. Simply add the tea leaves to the pan with your sugar and water, apply heat, and let them infuse.
You’ll end up with a liquid sweetener that can be used to sweeten hot or cold drinks, like cocktails, lemonades, and more.
Since earl grey has a sophisticated flavor, the tea really has layers of delicious flavor. There’s a subtle bitterness from the tannins, that classic black tea flavor, and the floral citrus notes of bergamot.
The sugar in the syrup makes all of these flavors taste even more enticing. It’s a really smooth flavor combination that really adds a special, complex flavor to any beverage.
You can make a small batch of earl grey simple syrup with as little as one bag of tea. The flavors will intensify as you let the tea infuse, so it’s possible to get a great flavor with just one bag.
Since you’ll be diluting the tea in cocktails or other drinks, you can add a second bag to get a more intense tea flavor. Any bitterness will be diluted once you add your soda water or other ingredients.
What’s the best earl grey tea?
There are so many different types of earl grey tea out there. How do you even choose one?
These are some of the most highly rated earl grey tea brands for serious tea drinkers:
Numi Organic Aged Earl Grey Tea
This is the tea I used for this earl grey syrup recipe. It has a strong flavor from the assam leaves and begamot that tastes great sweetened with a little sugar.
Harney & Sons Loose Leaf Earl Grey Supreme
Mellow and flavorful, this tea comes in a beautiful tin to preserve freshness. They also have an Imperial variety and several seasonal varieties for true Earl Grey lovers.
Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey
For a really strong black tea, try this loose leaf tea from Stash with twice as much bergamot for a strong citrus flavor.
Mariage Freres Earl Grey French Blue
This unique earl grey has beautiful blue cornflowers, which give it a distinct look and delightful flavor.
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Earl Grey Syrup Recipe
- 1 Wooden spoon
- 1 mason jar pint
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 bags Earl Grey tea, 2 tsp loose leaf tea
- In a small saucepan, add the sugar, water, and tea.
- Turn the stove onto medium heat and stir the mixture occasionally until the sugar crystals dissolve. Turn off the heat.
- Allow the sugar mixture to cool at room temperature for 15-30 minutes to allow the tea to infuse more flavor. If using tea bags, remove them at this time.
- Place the narrow funnel into the mason jar. If using loose leaf earl grey tea, add the fine mesh strainer to remove any loose tea. Pour the syrup through the strainer and funnel into the jar.
- Use as desired.
- 1 sliced vanilla bean
- 1-2 TBS dried lavender
- The peel of one lemon or orange (no pith)
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