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 Details

Lady Grey Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 15 mins
Serves 10 to 14 servings


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.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
188 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 14
Amount per serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 36mg 179%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 121mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)