Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

This Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is in a word, decadent. Based off my hot chocolate recipe, adding Earl Grey gives it a lovely twist to an old favorite. 

Best Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

You Think You Have Had the Best Hot Chocolate? NOPE. This is the Best.

You may think you’ve had really good hot chocolate but I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but this is actually the very best.

The most ridiculously delicious hot chocolates I’ve had were both in Paris. One was at Angelina where I had their famous African Hot Chocolate and the other was at Hotel du Louvre where they served mini cups of the liquid diabetes for breakfast every morning.

Ugh, now I’m really missing Paris. (Even after getting pickpocketed I still love it there.)

Both versions of the hot chocolate were basically melted down chocolate. SO GOOD. I’m talking THICK. RICH. DECADENT. As soon as I got back home from that trip, I immediately worked on recreating it.

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Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

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What I Used to Make This Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Earl Grey Tea Twist

Of course you can make this recipe without Earl Grey and it’ll still be delicious but I like the addition of the black tea blend for an extra depth of flavor.

What exactly is Earl Grey? It’s a flavored black tea. And what is flavored tea? It’s when a fruit, flower, spice, oil, natural or artificial flavor has been added to any type of tea (white, green, oolong, black).

Earl Grey is made up of black tea leaves that has been flavored with the oil of bergamot orange which is where you get that subtle citrus flavor.

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Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

The Chocolate

When making hot chocolate, I don’t like using powders but instead opt for finely chopped chocolate which I melt into milk and heavy cream.

If you like your hot chocolate to be nice and sweet, go with milk chocolate and you won’t even need to add any sugar.

If you want something a little more intense, go with dark chocolate and adjust the sugar as you wish. Or go crazy and do a mix of both.

Once you’ve had my version, you won’t be able to go back to watery, powered hot chocolates. This is the real deal.

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Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

Yield: Makes 2 servings

Thick, rich, and decadent, you'll love each delicious sip.


Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Earl Grey loose tea or 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: shaved chocolate

Cream Topping

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


In a saucepan, heat milk and heavy cream on low-medium heat until small bubbles form along the sides of the pan.

Turn heat off and add in Earl Grey tea and let it steep for 10 minutes then discard tea leaves. (Put tea in filter bags for easy steeping.)

Turn heat on low and stir in finely chopped chocolate, salt, and sugar into Earl Grey milk.

To make the cream topping, combine sugar and heavy cream and whip using an immersion blender or hand whisk until cream thickens but before soft peaks form.

Pour hot chocolate into two mugs and top with cream topping. Add a little shaved chocolate to top of cream, if desired.

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  • Nicky E
    2 years ago

    Wow! I never thought Earl Grey tea can be used as a based for hot chocolate. This is a must try!

    • Jee
      2 years ago

      Hi Nicky, do it! It’s so good!

  • Brooke Clinedinst
    2 years ago

    this sounds amazing and i cannot wait to give it a whirl this weekend!

    • Jee
      2 years ago

      Hi Brooke, make it! It’s delicious if I do say so myself. ha.

  • Mary Scheneberg
    2 months ago

    Who knew Earl grey tea could be better! This is a keeper making this for sure for my daughter and myself will have to have with Earl grey macaroons another favorite thank you so much!

  • Meg
    1 month ago

    I generally really love this site and its recipes, but please note that some of the ingredients in the list aren’t mentioned in the actual recipe (the salt and sugar for the hot chocolate).
    Also, half a teaspoon of salt seemed like a lot to me (and I really love salt!) so I cut it down in half, and even though it turned out delicious, my hubby noticed that it’s quite salty, asking me if I put this amount purposely.
    So I think that a pinch and a little bit less sugar would be enough. Another thing was that even after the chocolate was technically completely melted, it wasn’t emulsified – so I used the immersion blender again to make it smooth.

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 month ago

      Hi Meg, thanks so much for your comment! I updated the recipe to include the parts that were missing. I also changed it to 1/4 teaspoon salt to make it a little less salty since I agree with you that 1/2 teaspoon salt may have made it too salty.

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