Cloudy Days Mean Earl Grey
May your days be citrusy and bright!
There are two attitudes when dealing with poor, winter weather: there is the dwelling on the grey skies, pouring rain, and being swallowed up by bleak emotions, OR there is the opportunity to embrace the cold and dreary skies, and brew up some Earl Grey! Nothing makes me happier than curling up with a blanket, a book, and a cup of Earl Grey, preferably by a crackling fire. And what's even more perfect is our new Kingston Earl Grey which makes these cloudy days a little brighter. The grapefruit in this blend adds a pop of citrusy boldness to your cup, and your life! The flavors make up pure brilliance: the bergamot oil and grapefruit oil blend perfectly in complimentary symbiosis. It's like they were made for each other - and it's fantastic!
One of my personal favorite combinations with a cup of Earl Grey is lavender, ranging anywhere from lavender cupcakes to lavender oil; I just can't get enough of it. So, today I will share with you my secret to a perfect touch of lavender - simple syrup! I just splash some in my tea in the morning and I'm all set. It's subtle, and yet adds just enough flavor to keep things interesting.
Prep time : 5 minutes || Cook time : 6 minutes || Total time : 41 minutes
Yields about 475ml of liquid
-1 cup water
-1 cup raw or cane sugar (I use raw, but it can be made either way)
-2 tbsp fresh or dried lavender blossoms
- Combine water, sugar, and lavender blossoms in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. After it has dissolved, simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, which is about 30 minutes.
- Pour syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove blossoms. I used a 500 ml glass mason, as it yields about 475 ml of liquid; let cool to room temperature.
- Seal and store in refrigerator. Good for about two weeks.
And there you have it.
Grapefruit, lavender, bergamot... It all comes together just wonderfully! Try the Kingston Earl Grey and post your favorite picture of it on Instagram, because we love to see teaspirations!
Notes - another magnificent combination (if looking for more than one way to use this syrup, as there are many) is making an almond milk matcha latte using our Ceremonial Matcha with a hint of lavender syrup - it is also a favorite!