How to Make Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

How to Make Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate, meet your new best friend: Earl Grey, a match made in heaven.

With all the chocolatey sweetness of cocoa and all the depth and comfort of the Earl, this Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is everything you want in a beverage and more.

It Takes Two to Make a Drink Go Right

If you love hot chocolate and you love Earl Grey, what’s been stopping you from combining them all these years?

Earl Grey goes well with so many things! It can be used in cocktails, cookies, cupcakes, frosting, banana bread, martinis, cheesecake

Basically, if it’s delicious, it goes with Earl Grey. (And you can feel proud of yourself for adding a small boost of health benefits to those delicious drinks and baked goods. Yay for antioxidants!)

So riddle me this: what is delicious, chocolate, and destined to be paired with the bergamot-laced goodness that is Earl Grey tea?

Gold stars for all of you who guessed hot chocolate! Because in the search for what goes well with cocoa, the hunt is over the minute your tea timer dings.

It Takes Two to Make it Taste Just Right

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is many things: warm, rich, comforting…and best of all, simple and customizable! It’s as easy as brewing your favorite Earl Grey and whisking in a spoonful of cocoa mix.

Of course, there are ways you can fancify it. You can make hot chocolate from scratch and infuse your milk with Earl Grey. You can make decadent whipped cocoa. You can ice your hot chocolate if you prefer your drinks on the rocks. (If that’s the case, be sure to check out this iced London Fog or Earl Grey iced tea!) But the simplest way to zazz up your Earl Grey hot chocolate is by customizing your Earl Grey blend.

I’m a big fan of lavender Earl Grey. Delightful Morning blend has just the right amount of floral undertones—never overpowering, and sure to add a pleasant twist to your cuppa!

For a creamy, dreamy delight, try Crème Brulee Earl Grey! The velvety splash of vanilla will round out those dark chocolate notes in the cocoa and perfectly punctuate the bergamot.

Lovers of chocolate and fruit are sure to fall for Earl Grey hot chocolate made with Gratitude blend—a strawberry Earl Grey that will add a subtle pop of fruit to cut through the decadent density of the chocolate.

Or stick with Mindful Morning—you can’t go wrong with a classic! A traditional Earl Grey is boosted with a zesty smattering of orange peels and a hint of vanilla essence. It’s also available in decaf, so you can enjoy your hot chocolate just before bed with no caffeine-induced side effects!

If you just can’t get enough of that chocolate and Earl Grey combination, try this Earl Grey pie and add a big scoop of the hot chocolate mix to your custard. (And check out this post for another 22 awesome ways to use that hot chocolate mix!)

Fudgy Earl Grey Brownies are to die for, and vegan hot chocolate brownies are a treat for everyone!

Swap out the peppermint in these dark chocolate pancakes for a heaping teaspoon of Earl Grey, and you’ve got yourself indulgent hot-chocolate-for-breakfast pancakes fit for the Earl himself.

Plum Deluxe Comfort Cocoa is the perfect choice for all your hot chocolate needs—raw cane sugar and cocoa powder come together in perfect harmony with no weird additives or unnecessary ingredients. Everything your cocoa needs, and nothing it doesn’t!

This recipe provides a baseline to get you started, but feel free to experiment with ratios to find the best way to drink your Earl Grey hot chocolate! Use all milk for a thicker, creamier treat; skip the milk entirely and use water for a lighter experience, or anything in between.

Cut back on the tea for just a whisper of Earl Grey flavor, or add even more cocoa mix to amp up the chocolate taste!

Or if you’re interested in a chocolatey Earl Grey rather than an Earl Grey hot chocolate, cut the cocoa down to a teaspoon or less.

Mix and match to your heart’s content—then snap a picture and tag us on social media @PlumDeluxe. We love to know what you’re sipping!

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

  • 1/2 tablespoon Comfort Cocoa mix
  • 1 teaspoon Earl Grey loose leaf of choice
  • 8 ounces milk of choice*
  • Garnish of choice—Optional (Marshmallows, whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon are all delicious!)
*Can be substituted for water, or preferred ratio of milk and water.
Heat your liquid over medium heat. (Heat to boiling if using water; heat until just hot if using any type of milk, stirring frequently so it does not scald the bottom or form a film over the top.)
Add Earl Grey loose leaf and steep 3-5 minutes, according to preference**
Strain out tea leaves.
Scoop cocoa mix into your favorite mug. Add a small splash of Earl Grey to your cocoa powder and stir to combine—this helps avoid lumps. Add the rest of your Earl Grey and stir.
Top with favorite hot chocolate garnish, and enjoy!
**You can also infuse your liquid with Earl Grey in advance. Cold brewing the night before will save you that extra step of straining out your leaves!

Erica Jolly

Erica Jolly is a born and raised Pacific North Westerner. Rainwater flows through her veins. She is a tea drinker by day, wine drinker by night, and lover of food, yoga, and rambling conversations.
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