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This Earl Grey Tea Mocktail is the perfect alcohol-free social tonic! It's full of bold, smooth, and complex flavors!
Goodbye boring mocktails, this one is fabulous! Going alcohol-free can be a challenge, especially if you’re participating in a dry month, but with exciting drinks that are packed with flavor and benefits, you’re not really going to miss the alcohol!
This particular mocktail is creatively crafted and it’s visually appealing, just as visually appealing as a real cocktail.
In my opinion, mocktails have to have a few things: some bitterness, some sweetness, and they have to be interesting. I’m not a fan of overly-sugary, soda-based, syrupy mocktails.
You'll love this Earl Grey Tea mocktail because:
- The flavors are complex.
- It’s sweet, but not syrupy or sugar-y.
- It tastes like a real cocktail!
- It’s gorgeous!
- Due to the relaxing ingredients and some caffeine, this is a great social tonic.
Ingredients + substitutions
- Earl Grey tea - strongly brewed Earl Grey tea is delicious in this drink and makes up the base of the mocktail. It tastes bold and smooth, making it absolutely perfect for a tasty mocktail!
- Honey - for just a touch of sweetness. Feel free to swap it for sugar or agave.
- Tart cherry juice - I love using tart cherry juice in mocktails because tart cherry juice is extremely relaxing (and this is usually what you want out of a drink). While the drink still contains caffeine due to the tea, the tart cherry juice provides a relaxing element as well as tons of flavor and sweetness. If you don’t have tart cherry juice, any full-bodied red juice will work (think: pomegranate juice).
- Bitters - adds bitterness and complex flavors. okay so technically bitters has alcohol in it, but let me explain. Bitters is a highly concentrated liquid made from herbs, roots, barks, fruits, and spices and then infused in alcohol. Because you’re only adding a drop or two to your drink, the alcohol isn’t really a concern. Think of it like using vanilla extract, you don’t really think of the alcohol content in vanilla extract. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can completely leave it out!
- Orange wedge or peel - not absolutely necessary, but this will add a small bit of flavor and drinks always look nice with a little garnish!
How to make an Earl Grey Mocktail
Brew ½ cup of Earl Grey tea. Simply steep a tea bag in ½ cup of hot water.
Stir in 1 tsp of honey to sweeten it.
Fill a low ball glass with ice and pour the tea over the ice.
Then add the tart cherry juice and a drop or two of bitters. Give it a stir.
Garnish with an orange wedge or peel. And there you have it! Give it a taste and adjust it a bit to fit your preferences, if you like it sweeter, try adding a little more juice or citrus.
Can you make this drink ahead of time?
Sure, I recommend putting all of the ingredients together (minus the ice) in a mason jar and saving it in the refrigerator until you’re ready for it. Just pour it over ice and add a garnish!
London Fog Mocktail - add 1 tbsp of half and half and there you have it!
Earl Grey Fizz Mocktail - top the drink with a splash of soda water for some fizz and bubbles!
Garnish - change up your garnish, perhaps try a sprig of fresh rosemary, some thyme, or pomegranate arils.
What ingredients are in Earl Grey tea?
It’s made up of black tea leaves and bergamot oil - the bergamot oil is what gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor profile! Bergamot is a type of citrus fruit, and its oil is used to infuse the black tea leaves and give it that classic flavor and scent!
Does Earl Grey tea have caffeine?
The answer will vary slightly depending on the brand, how it’s prepared, and how strong, however a typical cup of Earl Grey tea will have about 40-70 mg of caffeine. To put that into perspective, a cup of coffee contains 80-100 mg.
Does Earl Grey tea have any benefits?
Earl Grey tea is hugely beneficial! Tea contains antioxidants, helps with focus (due to the caffeine), helps to hydrate you, and it can be stress relieving (because of the Bergamot oil).
More alcohol-free mocktail to try:
Earl Grey Tea Mocktail
- ½ cup Earl Grey tea
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ cup tart cherry juice
- 1-2 drops bitters optional (see notes)
- orange wedge or peel for garnish
- Brew ½ cup of Earl Grey tea. Simply steep a tea bag in ½ cup of hot water.
- Stir in 1 tsp of honey to sweeten it.
- Fill a low ball glass with ice and pour the tea over the ice.
- Then add the tart cherry juice and a drop or two of bitters. Give it a stir.
- Garnish with an orange wedge or peel.