Many people have heard of Earl Grey but how many of them have actually tried it? It is a common misconception to link English Breakfast and Earl Grey under the same umbrella, the only thing they really have in common being the fact they are both black teas. Although there are different variations of Earl Grey, traditionally it is a Chinese black tea flavoured with bergamot oil, giving the tea its floral flavour and aroma. The Earl Grey blend was named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s after he religiously asked for tea infused with bergamot for presents.
If you’re an Earl Grey fan or fancy trying something a little bit different this summer, here is a little recipe for you to try.
Iced Earl Grey with maple syrup
Using a pitcher, jug, mug or bottle, fill it up with cold water.
Open a pouch of Earl Grey tea and place 3 teaspoons of tea into the water.
Give it a quick stir and place it in the fridge for at least two hours.
Choose a large glass, fill it with ice and add a couple of slices of lemon. Earl Grey is frequently drunk with lemon as the citrus notes complement the floral blends.
Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten. Strain the tea and pour over the ice.