Earl grey hot chocolate
14th September 2010

Earl grey hot chocolate

By Emma Photography by Emma

This hot chocolate recipe is inspired by a short stint working as a larder chef almost 10 years ago.  I had never before had a hot chocolate as decadent as that which we served, and come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever had one as decadent since.  Suffice to say that my version is not as indulgent, but I think that the addition of the earl grey tea makes it just as good!


Serves 2
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  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ tsp earl grey tea
  • 6 square of dark chocolate, or to taste


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  • 1. Combine the milk and tea in a saucepan and gently heat without boiling. Continue heating for approximately 10 minutes. The milk will take on a light tea colour.
  • 2. Place 3 (or more if desired) squares of chocolate into a heatproof glass. Pour the milk over the chocolate using a tea strainer/colander to strain off the leaves. Serve.


      1. Emily

        I made this last night and it was so good! The earl grey tea gives it a woodsy richness. Am craving another right now!

      2. Julia

        where can I get those amazing cups from?

      3. Sara

        Hi Julia,
        The cups are Bodum; they are amazing – keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

      4. Sasha

        best. idea. ever. cannot wait to make this!

      5. Emma

        Hi Sasha,
        Thanks for your message. You will have to let us know what you think of the earl grey hot chocolate once you have made it – It think it is the perfect flavour combination and makes a delicious rainy day afternoon drink by the fire.
        Happy cooking and a Happy 2012!

      6. Hattie

        This is now my new favorite treat– and my boyfriend’s too! It’s the perfect wintery warmer. Thanks so much for sharing.

      7. Emma

        Hi Hattie,
        Thank you for your lovely message! That is so cool that this is you and your boyfriends new favourite treat! Wooohhhooooo!!
        Best wishes for a fantastic 2012!

      8. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks!

        As Cpt. Picard (a devotee of Earl Gray tea) would say, “Make it so!”

      9. debbie

        Looking forward to trying this. Sounds & looks right up my alley :) thanks for sharing!!

      10. Emma

        Hi Debbie,
        It is a delicious recipe and makes a fantastic after dinner treat with which to wow your next dinner party guests!
        Happy cooking!

      11. Noelle renee

        I drink earl grey tea lattes every morning! I can not wait to try this as a midnight snack! thanks for sharing such a great recipe :)

      12. Emma

        Hi Noelle,
        Thanks for your message. Wow – an earl grey latte! Is that a coffee flavoured with bergamot (earl grey)?
        Being a lover of all things earl grey I hope that this earl grey hot chocolate lives up to your expectations!
        Enjoy the midnight snack!

      13. Emma

        Hi Anne-Marie,
        Great to hear we have another Earl Grey fan!! You should try our Earl Grey Bread & Butter Pudding too!
        Happy cooking,

      14. Emily Chase

        As soon as I found this recipe, I leapt up and made it- Wonderful. What kind of chocolate do you use? Bakers chocolate was not the best choice and didn’t mix well.. All the same, it tastes delicious.
        Thanks for the great recipe.

      15. Emma

        Hi Emily,
        Wow – that shows real enthusiasm! And I am so happy that you enjoyed the recipe so much. I normally use dark eating chocolate. My favourite is 85%. Delicious!
        I hope it works out better when you make it again with a chocolate more suited to this application.

      16. Jess

        I made this with tableya this morning. It was life changing Thank you!

      17. Emma

        Hi Jess,
        I am glad you like the Earl Grey Hot Chocolate so much!!! =)
        Happy cooking,

      18. Winnie

        I can’t wait to try this, as I am a big tea drinker and Earl Grey is my favorite. I love chocolate, so this sounds fabulous.

      19. Tanja

        Have made this several times now, since discovering it, and I use my favorite ‘Royal Earl Grey’. High quality Earl Grey tea with jasmine blossoms. It has become my ‘go to’ rainy day drink. And today is yet another rainy day. :)

      20. Jessica

        Do you think a lighter tea, such as Lady Grey, would work? I’m not the biggest Earl Grey fan, though I do love tea.

      21. Emma

        Hi Tanya,
        I am glad you like my recipe. It sounds delicious with the addition of the jasmine blossoms to the tea. Wow! And you are quite right – it is the perfect ‘go to’ rainy day drink!
        Happy cooking,

      22. Emma

        Hi Jessica,

        I think Lady Grey would be a delicious substitute for the Earl Grey. You could really experiment with a whole rang of teas. You could even use a more plain tea such as Darjeeling and then add to it wee pieces of orange peel which you can dry our in the oven. Orange and chocolate always go well together!

        Let me know how you go.

      23. Joshua

        Found this today and just made a batch for my pregnant wife… A BIG hit!

      24. Emma

        Hi Joshua,

        Thank you very much for your message. What a fantastic husband you are – your wife is a lucky lady! I am glad she enjoyed it so much.

        Have a lovely weekend,

      25. Creative Supergirl

        I love this idea! This sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to make this very soon. It’s been so chilly and this is the perfect cure!

      26. sweta

        That sounds like an amazing drink…would love to try this out!

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