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Homemade Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream Recipe

If you’re an ice cream lover and an Earl Grey fan, this recipe is just for you! Plus, you’re looking for a new and exciting flavor to add to your ice cream repertoire? look no further than Earl Grey ice cream. 

Earl Gray Ice Cream

This delicious ice cream is a perfect blend of creamy sweetness and that distinctive Earl Grey flavor that we all know and love.

Trust me when I say, this ice cream is the real deal. Creamy, smooth, and with just the right amount of Earl Grey tea, it’s the perfect treat for any occasion. 

Whether you’re serving it up alongside your favorite baked goods or enjoying it all on its own, you won’t be disappointed by this delicious flavor.

What is Earl Grey Ice Cream made of?

There are a few simple ingredients used to make this homemade ice cream, found in any big grocery store:

  • Whole milk. This ingredient is essential in creating a creamy and smooth texture in the ice cream. 
    The fat content in the milk helps to create a rich and velvety base that is the perfect canvas for the other flavors to shine.
  • Earl Grey tea bags. This is a key ingredient for this ice cream. Adds a unique and sophisticated flavor to the ice cream. 
    The fragrant bergamot oil in Earl Grey tea pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the milk and creates a subtle yet distinctive taste.
  • Granulated sugar. Adds sweetness to the ice cream and helps to balance out the bitterness of the tea.
  • Heavy cream. Adds richness and creaminess to the ice cream, making it even more indulgent and luxurious. 
    The fat content in the cream also helps to create a smooth and silky texture.
  • Vanilla extract. Adds a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor to the ice cream that rounds out the other ingredients. 
    Be sure to use high-quality vanilla extract to really enhance the overall taste of the ice cream.
  • Salt. This may seem like a small ingredient, but it plays an important role in balancing out the sweetness of the sugar and enhancing the other flavors in the ice cream. 
    A pinch of salt can go a long way in taking your Earl Grey ice cream to the next level.

What flavor is Earl Grey Ice Cream?

If you’re a fan of Earl Grey tea, you’re in for a treat with this Earl Grey ice cream!

Bergamot orange oil adds floral, citrusy, and grapefruit notes to black tea leaves.

By steeping loose leaf tea in full-fat milk, the ice cream base with a hot cream mixture is infused with aromatic flavors, making it even more delicious.

Earl Grey ice cream is perfect as a refreshing treat on its own or paired with other desserts.

Pairings for this Earl Grey Ice Cream Recipe

You can pair this ice cream with many baked goods such as those flavored with vanilla, orange, mandarin, honey, pumpkin, lemon, pear, or even chocolate!

Here are some delicious and complementary flavors that pair well with the sophisticated taste of Earl Grey:

  1. Lemon: The citrusy tang of lemon complements the bergamot flavor in Earl Grey tea perfectly. Add a drizzle of lemon curd or some candied lemon peel on top of your ice cream for a refreshing and zesty twist.
  2. Honey: The sweetness of honey is the perfect complement to the slightly bitter taste of Earl Grey tea. 
    Drizzle some honey on top of your ice cream or even swirl it into the mixture before freezing for a luscious and indulgent dessert.
  3. Lavender: The floral notes of lavender pair beautifully with the bergamot flavor in Earl Grey tea. 
    Add a sprinkle of dried lavender buds on top of your ice cream or even infuse your cream with fresh lavender for an extra pop of flavor.
  4. Dark chocolate: The rich and complex flavor of dark chocolate pairs surprisingly well with the subtle taste of Earl Grey tea. 
    Add some chocolate shavings or even a drizzle of melted dark chocolate on top of your ice cream for a decadent and sophisticated dessert.
  5. Caramel: The buttery sweetness of caramel is the perfect complement to the creamy texture of ice cream. 
    Drizzle some homemade caramel sauce on top of your Earl Grey ice cream for a rich and indulgent treat.


Here are some potential troubleshooting issues that could arise:

  1. Ice cream not freezing: If you find that your ice cream isn’t freezing in the ice cream machine, chances are the mixture is too warm. 
    Simply chill the mixture in the fridge for a bit longer, and make sure your ice cream maker is properly chilled as well.
  2. Earl Grey flavor too weak: Are you finding that your ice cream doesn’t have the strong Earl Grey flavor you were hoping for? Try using more tea leaves, or steeping them for longer in the hot milk mixture.
  3. Ice cream too icy: If your ice cream is turning out too icy, it may be due to not enough fat in the mixture. Make sure you are using full-fat cream and milk.
  4. Ice cream texture is too grainy: If your ice cream has a grainy texture, it could be due to undissolved sugar. Make sure the sugar is properly dissolved before refrigerating the mixture

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store my homemade ice cream?

Store your ice cream in a freezer-safe container in your freezer. Make sure your ice cream is well covered to avoid any ice crystallization.

If your airtight container lid does not close too well, add a piece of plastic wrap between the container and the lid, then close it.

How long will my homemade ice cream last in the freezer?

Your homemade ice cream will last in the freezer for around 3 months, but it will stay fresh for around six weeks. After that, the flavor may start to change, and your ice cream might loose its scoopable consistency.

Can use loose tea leaves instead of the tea bags?

Sure you can! just make sure you pass the dairy mixture through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of the Earl Grey tea leaves that are loose.

Earl Grey ice cream is a unique and delicious dessert that pairs well with a variety of flavors and textures. Here are some recipe ideas that will make the perfect accompaniment to your homemade Earl Grey ice cream:

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Earl Gray Ice Cream
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Earl Grey Ice Cream

This Earl Grey ice cream turned out amazing! creamy, sweet and with the perfect amount of earl grey flavor. Use it to pair it with your favorite bakes, or just by itself, either way its a win!
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Additional Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 41 minutes
Course: Ice Cream and Frozen Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: earl grey ice cream, earl grey ice cream recipe, earl grey tea ice cream, how to make earl grey ice cream, Maria Corcuera, sweet fix baker
Servings: 4 Cups
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Maria Corcuera


  • 1 1/2 Cup full fat milk
  • 3 tea bags earl grey tea
  • 2/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Over a medium- sized pan heat milk, when it starts to simmer add the tea bags and let them steep for 5 min. Squeeze them to keep all flavors before discarding
    1 1/2 Cup full fat milk, 3 tea bags earl grey tea
  • Add sugar and mix until it dissolves completely. Heat milk again if needed
    2/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • Add heavy cream, vanilla, salt and mix. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours⠀
    2 Cups heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Churn for 20 min or according to manufacturer’s directions. Freeze for at least 3-4 hours before serving


Serving: 1g | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 104mg | Sugar: 21g

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