Lady Grey Recipe

Photo: Vicky Wasik

If your plans for the day involve swinging in a hammock or enjoying an outdoor brunch with friends, make a pitcher of this cocktail featuring mint, ginger, citrus, and black tea. If you're going the punch bowl route, consider freezing a large block of ice in a tupperware container the night before you plan to serve.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 10 to 14 servings

Rate & Comment


  • For the Fresh Ginger Syrup:
  • 1 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For the Earl Grey Tea:
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags
  • For the Cocktails:
  • 3 cups vodka (see note)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh juice from 10-12 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh Ginger Syrup
  • 4 cups chilled Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 8 lemon wheels
  • Large block ice or ice cubes


  1. For the Fresh Ginger Syrup: Add chopped ginger, sugar, and hot water to a blender. Blend until uniform. Strain with a fine-mesh strainer or through cheesecloth. Use immediately or refrigerate, sealed, up to 1 week.

  2. For the Earl Grey Tea: Add tea bags to boiling water and steep 2 minutes. Remove tea bags, cover, and chill. Use once chilled, or refrigerate, sealed, up to one week.

  3. For the Cocktails: Combine vodka, lemon juice, fresh ginger syrup, and tea in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add ice block (or ice cubes to fill), mint leaves, and lemon wheels. Stir to combine, let steep 2 minutes, and serve.

Special equipment

Fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth, large pitcher or punch bowl


This drink can also be made alcohol free. For a mocktail, leave out the vodka and add 3 additional cups boiling water and 3 additional tea bags when steeping the tea for a total of 7 cups tea.

This Recipe Appears In