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.
London Fog Drink
A London Fog drink is an Earl Grey tea latte. It’s a delicious pick-me-up on a dreary day.
- There are four parts to a London Fog drink: Earl Grey tea, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar.
- Thought to have originated in Vancouver, it’s a popular drink in the Northwest.
- 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.
- Make cafe quality milk froth at home using a French press.
Earl Grey is black tea leaves flavored with bergamot, a citrus fruit from Italy.
You can’t make a London Fog drink without Earl Grey, it’s the star ingredient.
My Earl Grey Pick:
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.
Questions You May Have
What’s in a Starbucks London Fog?
Black tea, bergamot essence (black tea and bergamot make up the Earl Grey flavor), lavender flowers, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk.
Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, there’s caffeine in Earl Grey.
Can I use tea bags or tea sachets instead of loose tea?
Yes! This recipe uses 1 tablespoon of Earl Grey to make 2 cups of London Fog. Instead of 1 tablespoon of loose tea, you can use 2 tea sachets or 3 tea bags.
How else can I froth milk at home?
See 5 easy ways to froth milk at home.
London Fog Tea Latte Tips
- Adjust recipe to 2 teaspoons of loose Earl Grey per cup if you want a strong brew.
- If you want to froth milk like a pro at home, another option is to use an electric milk frother which heats milk and froths at the same time.
- If you don’t have or love lavender, feel free to make it without. It’s still delicious!
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What You’ll Need
- Earl Grey loose tea or tea sachet
- Brown sugar
Regular white sugar works too.
- Vanilla Extract
- Dried lavender buds
- Filtered water
Any kind you prefer — I like oat milk.
- French press or electric milk frother
- Glass teapot with strainer
- Electric kettle
To heat up water easily and quickly.
How to Make it
There are two parts to this drink:
- Earl Grey tea
- Frothed milk
STEP 1: Boil water.
Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting (water set to 208°F).
I always recommend filtered water when making tea. The better the water tastes, the better the tea will taste.
STEP 2: Combine tea, lavender buds, and hot water in a teapot.
For each cup of London Fog, use 1.5 teaspoons of Earl Grey.
STEP 3: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
While tea is steeping, make the frothed milk.
STEP 4: Heat milk.
Heat milk on the stovetop by simmering on low until it gets hot. Keep careful watch to make sure the milk doesn’t come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
STEP 5: Pour hot milk into a French press.
STEP 6: Pump French press plunger until milk doubles in volume.
Time to assemble the drink!
STEP 7: Strain tea leaves and pour tea into a cup.
STEP 8: Stir in sugar and vanilla extract.
STEP 9: Pour frothed milk from the French press into cup with tea.
OPTIONAL: Garnish with dried lavender buds.
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London Fog Drink (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
- Boil water.Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting (water set to 208°F). Use filtered water for a better tasting tea.
- Combine tea, lavender buds, and hot water in a teapot.
- Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
- Heat milk.Heat milk on the stovetop by simmering on low until it gets hot. Keep careful watch to make sure the milk doesn't come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
- Pour hot milk into a French press.
- Pump French press plunger until milk doubles in volume.Move the plunger up and down to pump air into the milk.
- Strain tea leaves and pour tea into a cup.
- Stir in sugar and vanilla extract.
- Pour frothed milk from the French press into cup with tea.Optional: Garnish with dried lavender buds.
- 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 a tea sachet.