I found a recipe for Earl Grey lemonade and it made me curious. It has been very hot here recently and I have been drinking a fair amount of half-tea, half-lemonade that my fiance’s mother has started to buy. The recipe was basically the half-tea and half-lemonade with the tea part being Earl Grey.
I made a strong cup (1 bag steeped for 10 minutes) and poured in some lemonade I made yesterday for Memorial Day. It was about 3/4 Earl Grey and 1/4 lemonade. At first it was a yummy mix with a splash of bergamot mixing with the lemons. Then it kept getting tarter and tarter.
So I drank it down and put in enough lemonade to bring the mix to 1/2 Earl Grey and 1/2 lemonade. Then I put in a spoonful of sugar and mixed it well. The color now looks closer to the half-and-half store-bought mix. Now it is yummy with a splash of that bergamot at the end. The sugar made it sweeter, but I think it toned down the tartness too much. But I think that you would want an equal 1/2 and 1/2 mix for this Earl Grey Lemonade.
I might have to make a bigger bottle of this the next time we make lemonade. I really like it, but I don’t think my family will enjoy it as much. So I will have to make two bottles of lemonade. I think this is a very nice way to enjoy Earl Grey on a hot summer day.
I wonder if it would work well with different tea blends? It is a good thing that I might have to experiment because it is supposed to be very hot this summer. I just have to make sure that we have a fresh supply of lemons to keep the house stocked with lemonade because I don’t like using the lemon juice in the bottle. That makes the lemonade taste chemically and fake.
Edit: I think I was jumping to conclusions about the sugar. It has been sitting for a while and now the bergamot is jumping up and down again playing with that sugar. Balance has never tasted so yummy!
Backlogging from Vacation:
I finished up the last two bags of this last week. It didn’t take me that long and my dad even got to tease me about me “going English” by “taking my tea with milk”. My parents don’t get my tea love affair but they are glad that I’m not doing any drugs. This just means that I don’t have to share my teas with them if I don’t want to.
Another morning that began with some earl grey with milk. I found a lot of recipies for cooking with the Earl and I might try them out. It feels like a cookie or a cupcake day today.
I went and had dinner at my fiancee’s house and then hit the jacuzzi. By the time I got back home it was too late to heat water in the kettle and I didn’t really want to microwave water for the last two bags of my Earl Grey-a-thon. I’m just finishing it up today.
I really do like this plain. It isn’t as harsh as compared to Biglow or Numi’s old version of Earl Grey, but the bergamot citrus just pops with that splash of milk. It gets bright and just stands up and says “Hi!” in a perky voice. (Yes, my tea does talk to me sometimes. I think most tea drinkers have that problem at some point of time.) It just makes me happy, especially in the morning.
More Earl Grey with milk!
This makes a very nice early morning tea when you put a dash of milk in it. And I don’t normally drink the Earl in the morning either! It makes me feel all lovely when I drink it that early and makes my morning better.
I normally drink my Earl Grey plain, but after fantasizing about buying a Starbucks Earl Grey Latte, I decided to try it with milk before deciding to treat myself. It is pretty good with a little milk. I normally find this Earl Grey to have a little bite to it, but the milk mellows it out and boosts up the bergamont flavor a bit. I like it.
I was talking to my friends at breakfast about my Earl Grey addiction and the topic of different brands of Earl Grey came up. I have decided that tomorrow I will go through the entire day drinking as many different types of Earl Grey as I can. Bring it on for tomorrow!
This goes really, really well with white pizza.
I think I am in a rut with my Earl Grey tea right now. Hot with a splash of milk. It is just so yummy though. It smooths out the tea and makes the bergamot brighter and just pop. It makes it a nice summery drink.
Earl Grey, hot with a hard salami and mozzarella sandwich. Comfort in a cup.
Had some with dinner today. I think I was craving some Earl Grey.
It is the Earl’s day today. Earl tea oatmeal with a little bit of agave sweetner and orange cream yogurt on the side. I tried a bite of oatmeal with a dab of yogurt. It was good but the orange yogurt overpowered the tea in the oatmeal. But if I had a scoop or two of unflavored yogurt to mix into the oatmeal it would have been a fantastic hearty yet creamy meal.
I figured out that if I multitask and loose track of my steep time I need to take periodic sips of my tea so I can tell how strong it is getting. This time I was able to take the tea bag out before the tea got bitter. It was wonderful just like the first time I tried it.
I don’t know what possessed me to try this with milk and agave nectar but I won’t be doing that again. I think this is a tea that you need to take your time with. I also need to remember that I don’t like drinking teas underneath ceiling fans. I don’t know why.
I think I might have steeped this a minute too long for my tastes. Either that or I got used to drinking milked Lady Grey and I was expecting that taste from the Earl. If that is true then there is only one cure for that one. Lay off the black tea for a while and go and drink the lovely green pom tea. : )
Just sitting here sipping on the last of my Earl Grey. It is yummy and I am so glad I tried it. I am going to have to get some more Earl Grey soon. The question is will it be this brand or a different brand? That is a decision I will have to make.
Well, I fell off the tea wagon for a while. But now I am back on only to discover that I left my tea ball at school! No! I think my mom had one laying around somewhere, so I’m going to look for it and ask.
Sometimes, you just need to fall back on an old favorite.