If you enjoy the sophistication and complexity of a traditional Old Fashioned cocktail, then you will love this zero-proof version. Earl Grey tea gives this drink a light, earthy flavor finished with a hint of orange. This is the perfect beverage to enjoy on a quiet summer night with the ocean waves rolling in the background. Cheers!

Earl Grey Old Fashioned Mocktail

Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1


  • Small pot
  • Rocks glass
  • Stirrer
  • Knife
  • Vegetable peeler


  • 1 tablespoon loose leaf Earl Grey tea or 2 tea bags will need 1/3 cup tea
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange
  • Ice


  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and allow it to cool for a minute. Steep the Earl Grey tea for 3-5 minutes. If using loose-leaf tea, strain out the leaves. Let cool and refrigerate until you’re ready to assemble the drink.
  • Add bitters and sugar to a rocks glass. Cut a slice of orange and squeeze in about 1 teaspoon of its juice – just enough to saturate the sugar.
  • Stir the mixture until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Fill the glass with ice. Add a 1/3 cup of the brewed Earl Grey tea. Stir a few times until the drink is chilled.
  • Remove a strip of the orange rind using a vegetable peeler. Twist the rind to release its oils over the drink, glide it over the rim of the glass, and drop it in.
  • Repeat steps 2-5 with the rest of the tea to make more servings.


Recipe adapted from Verywell Health