With an Earl Grey tea base, London Fog is a tea latte with warm milk, vanilla extract, and sweetened with sugar. Make London Fog at home with this simple yet tasty recipe.
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London Fog Drink
There are four parts to a London Fog drink. It’s Earl Grey tea, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar.
Basically, a London Fog is an Earl Grey tea latte dressed up with vanilla and sugar. It’s perfect pick-me-up on a dreary day.
Thought to have originated in Vancouver, it’s a popular drink in the Northwest.
London Fog Tea Latte at Starbucks
Starbucks has London Fog tea latte on the menu but you can order an Earl Grey tea latte and you’ll get the same thing.
Theirs is made with black tea, bergamot essence (black tea and bergamot make up the Earl Grey flavor), lavender flowers, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk.
My version of London Fog has frothed milk made using a French press, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and a hint of lavender.
Making a London Fog with Loose Tea vs Tea Bags
The more I learned about tea, the less I used tea bags. Tea in tea bags are almost always inferior to loose tea.
But for a recipe like this where milk and other favor enhancers like vanilla extract and sugar are involved, you can definitely use tea bags.
In a recipe that calls for loose tea, replace 1 teaspoon of tea with 1 tea bag.
I’m using one tablespoon of Earl Grey tea which is the same as three teaspoons. Three teaspoons equates to three tea bags.
What I Used to Make This London Fog
- Earl Grey
I like this Earl Grey for lattes and recipes.
- Dried lavender
- Brown sugar, vanilla extract
- Milk (any you prefer)
- Glass teapot with strainer
I use this ALL THE TIME for making loose leaf tea quickly and easily.
- Gooseneck electric kettle
A must for any serious tea drinker.
- Milk frother or French press
To get that perfect, luscious froth.
How to Make a London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
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Pour boiling water (212°F if you’re using an electric kettle with a water temperature setting) in a cup with the Earl Grey tea and lavender.
Steep for 8 minutes.
While you’re waiting for the tea to steep, make the frothed milk for the latte.
Frothing Milk Using a French Press
I like to use my milk frother but you can froth milk at home just as easily using a French press.
Heat milk on the stovetop. Let it simmer on low until it gets hot — you should see small bubbles forming along the sides of the pan. Keep careful watch to make sure the milk doesn’t come to a boil.
Take the hot milk and pour it into a French press.
Use the plunger to pump air into the milk, moving it up and down until the milk doubles in volume.
Combine the brown sugar and vanilla extract.
Strain out the tea into the sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to make sure the brown sugar is completely dissolved.
Now it’s time to combine the tea and the frothed milk to make the London Fog drink.
Pour the tea into a mug, filling it halfway.
Pour in the frothed milk.
Look how luscious and velvety that milk is!
Sprinkle on some dried lavender and it’s done.
London Fog Variations
- Tokyo Fog: Substitute Earl Grey with matcha.
- Cape Town Fog: Substitute Earl Grey with rooibos.
- Victoria Fog: Substitute Earl Grey with lavender tea.
- Dublin Fog: Substitute Earl Grey with Irish Breakfast tea.
You can take out the dried lavender if you wish -- the drink is still delicious without it. I used loose Earl Grey tea but you can easily swap it with tea bags. Use three tea bags instead of a tablespoon of loose tea.
You can take out the dried lavender if you wish -- the drink is still delicious without it.
I used loose Earl Grey tea but you can easily swap it with tea bags. Use three tea bags instead of a tablespoon of loose tea.