If you are a big tea drinker, you may have always wondered why on most earl grey labels it has the word bergamot on it. Well, bergamot is actually an extract that is taken from the extract of a type Seville orange. This essential oil gives earl grey that uniquely floral taste even though it’s a black tea. Making earl grey at home is actually easier than you think, and makes for a perfect present to friends, or just something to have around the house.
Classic Earl Grey
For the basic earl grey tea, you actually only need two ingredients: loose leaf black tea and bergamot essential oil. Take 10-15 drops of the bergamot oil and pour it into a jar. Put the lid on and shake well so the oil is distributed throughout. Then, pour in 1 cup of the loose leaf tea and shake for a few minutes so all the leaves get covered in the oil. Use immediately or wait a few days so the oil can really seep into the leaves!
If you want to make earl grey with a twist, you can use any other types of loose leaf you like, such as jasmine or herbal teas.