Earl Grey Tea Latte

I have always loved tea.  I remember when I was growing up, my dad had a cup of hot Lipton tea almost every night before bed.  Somewhere along the way, I joined in on this routine.  The warm beverage was so soothing and helped me relax before heading to sleep.  While I drink more coffee these days, I still enjoy tea.  Coffee helps me get ready to seize the day, yet tea is the complete opposite.  It helps me relax and unwind.

I’ve had a number of earl grey tea lattes from Starbucks, but it is really nice to be able to make these at home.  That way I can stay in my pajamas, cuddle up with a blanket, and just enjoy.  It took some fiddling to get these just the way I like them, but I’m finally completely happy with the result.  I make these lattes much more frequently now that it is cooler outside.  There is something about them that makes me think of the holidays.  So the next time you need to unwind after a long day, spend about 5 minutes making one of these – it will make your night that much better.

Earl Grey Tea Latte
Yield: serves 1
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup, depending on desired sweetness*
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Add the tea bag to a mug and pour in the boiling water. Let steep for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the tea bag. Meanwhile, add the milk to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Heat until just steaming (do not let the milk boil). Alternatively, you can heat the milk in the microwave. Add the milk to the mug and stir in the vanilla syrup. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy.
  2. If desired, you can whisk the steamed milk until very frothy before pouring it into the mug (or use a milk frother). I just prefer these lattes without the foam.
*If you do not have vanilla syrup, you can substitute a teaspoon or so of regular granulated sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Adjust the quantities to your own taste.

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  1. I made this, but instead used half a cup of water and milk, because my cup wasn’t big enough. I also used peppermint tea, and frothed the milk a bit. It was DELICIOUS!

  2. Ashley, this latte was perfect!! Finally had a quiet evening (all the kids are sleeping) and really enjoyed it!! Thank you!!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Home on summer vacation and its too hot to go outside to Starbucks! So I decided to whip up this lovely recipe; only to find out that I was out of Earl Grey Tea. Instead I sub Black and followed the recipe accordingly. It was LOVELY! Added a couple of ice cubes and I had my midday fix right at home. :)

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      So so glad you enjoyed it! I agree – it is too hot outside right now! Is it bad that I’m ready for Fall?

  4. I just tried this, substituting the milk with almond milk and it tastes really good. I just haven’t figured out how to froth the milk.

  5. I realise you posted this a fair while ago but I just came across it recently whilst searching for other Earl Grey related recipes. Cannot wait to try it! I’ve never had one of these; my local Starbucks has definitely done them, but I love a sweet latté and I love Earl Grey.

    Great blog, BTW; interesting recipes and gorgeous photography.

  6. As someone who works at starbucks, I can tell you that you’re making this just right! I like your cinnamon addition, that’s the one thing that starbucks is missing and probably hasn’t thought of. Awesome job.

  7. Picky Nicky says:

    I never thought to add cinnamon :) sounds good!

  8. Thank you for the recipe! Love your site! Will definitely be a regular. Thanks. :) – joody

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