London fog drink is a cozy cup of Earl Grey tea spiced with vanilla and honey, and topped with steamed foamy milk. You'll feel like you're walking on foggy clouds as you sip this cold weather tea latte that warms you up from the inside out.
If there ever was a drink that was the epitome of sweater weather, it's the London fog tea latte. While sipping on this beverage, you will hear dried fall leaves crunching under your feet and a crackling fireplace in the distance. It tastes like a hug on the first crisp Fall after a long hot summer. Make this on your first cool weather day, and you will fall in love!
You would also like my Gingerbread Latte or my Chai Hot Chocolate to stay warm!
Other names for a London fog:
- Earl Grey Latte
- Tea Latte
- Earl Grey Lavender Latte
- London Fog Latte
I've seen London Fog drink on the Starbucks menu, and I have to order it every time. At Starbucks, it's basically double-strength Earl Grey tea sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with foamed milk. And while that's great, I had a London Fog drink with lavender syrup instead of vanilla at a small coffee shop, and it was even better. The delicate flavors of Bergamot-scented Earl Grey tea combined with vanilla and lavender is just so good, you have to try it! (My other go-to order is a Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino).
This earl grey tea latte is for tea lovers that love their tea sweet with a milk. If you love Earl Grey tea like I do, seek out a double-strength version that includes double the does of fragrant Bergamot. If you're wondering what Bergamot is, it's a tropical citrus fruit that has notes of orange but with a distinct tartness. It's almost as if an orange and a lime combined, but with an extra dose of perfume, because Begamot is known for being extra floral and fragrant.
What's in a London Fog?
Simply put, a London fog recipe is steeped tea combined with sweetened, frothed milk. It's like a vanilla latte, but made with tea instead of coffee. Here is the cold version: Iced London Fog tea latte recipe.
How to Make a London Fog Drink
With just a few tea bags, honey, vanilla extract, and your milk of choice, you can have this cozy drink in minutes. This recipe below makes two Earl Grey tea lattes, but you can scale it up, as needed.
- Earl Grey Tea. My preference for tea is always loose-leaf tea, because the leaves are larger and they have more room to unfurl and release flavors when they're not constrained to a tea bag. We need 2 teaspoons of loose Earl Grey tea for this London fog drink recipe, but you may substitute two tea bags. If you can find double-strength or double-Bergamot Earl Grey tea, grab that.
- Milk. Your milk of choice here, but note that cow's milk and oat milk are going to get the foamiest results.
- Vanilla Extract. A small splash of real vanilla extract is the signature addition to a London Fog drink.
- Honey. The best type of sweetener to use is one that dissolves easily in warm liquids, like honey, but you can use regular granulated sugar as long as you stir it together until it fully dissolves.
- Gather all ingredients needed: the tea, water for steeping the tea, milk, vanilla and honey.
- Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a tea kettle or in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. Add both tea bags or the 2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea, and let steep for 5 minutes. Black tea is always made with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for 5 minutes. If you steep it for too long, it can develop a bitter taste, so be sure to set a timer.
- After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags or strain out the loose tea, and divide the mixture between two serving mugs.
- Finally, combine the milk, honey and vanilla in a milk frother, and froth until velvety and very voluminous. If you don't have a way to froth milk, you can do it in a small saucepan on the stove and whisk is very well. Or, you can warm everything together in the microwave, and then add it to a blender to froth, but BE CAREFUL. Leave the lid of the blender cracked so steam can escape.
- Divide the frothed milk mixture between the two glasses, and serve immediately.
- You can use any type of milk in this London Fog drink, from cow's milk, nut milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. Just make sure the milk has enough fat in it to foam properly and create a velvet-like texture. Sometimes, almond milk lacks fat, so I add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil to it before heating.
- It's possible to use any type of tea here, and make your own custom tea latte. The flavors of honey and vanilla go with so many different types of tea, from plain black tea, jasmine green tea, or even a rooibos red tea. Just follow the same method and you'll have any flavor tea latte you like.
- This recipe makes 2 lattes, but you can scale it down or scale it up, depending on how much you need.
- To make this an iced London Fog drink, let the brewed tea cool completely in the fridge (you can do this a day ahead). Then, skip the milk frothing and pour the milk and vanilla directly into the chilled tea. To sweetened a cold drink, use a simple syrup or quickly dissolve honey in warm water and allow to cool before stirring in to the drink. Then, add a scoop of ice and a straw before serving. You might like my frozen Earl Grey Latte Popsicles.
- You can also add lavender to this recipe to make it even more fragrant and floral! The flavor of lavender is so good with Earl Grey tea! Add ½ teaspoon of culinary dried lavender buds when brewing the tea. The reason we use 'culinary' lavender is so they're food safe and not for decoration and sprayed with chemical perfume. Check out my lavender cookies, too.
Recommended Tools to Make This Recipe
-Milk Frother. The one I love is linked. This is an essential tool in any kitchen to make coffee shop drinks at home. You need it to make my caramel latte at home, as well.
-Tea Kettle. This is totally optional, but it's a lot nicer way to bring water to a boil than using the microwave. Plus, I love that I can keep it filled and just hit 'ON' to bring water to boil quickly.
-Tea Strainer. If you're using loose leaf tea, this is a great way to let it steep freely in plenty of water, but also quick and easy to remove. I prefer to use this over tea bags, because it lets the large tea leaves unfurl in plenty of a space.
What is a dirty London Fog?
Anytime a drink at a coffee shop is called 'dirty', it means they add a shot of espresso. I absolutely love to add a shot of espresso to my chai latte recipe to make a dirty chai. You can do it with this London Fog drink, too. Just don't blame me for the extra boost of caffeine-induced productivity!
Does this London fog recipe have caffeine in it?
Yes, all black tea contains caffeine. You can seek out caffeine-free Earl Grey tea bags, if you need to!
London Fog Drink
These Earl Grey tea lattes went from a once-a-week treat to a daily fix. Copycat Starbucks London Fog drink.
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 teaspoons loose earl grey tea (or 2 tea bags of earl grey tea)
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Gather ingredients: water for boiling, tea, milk, vanill and honey.
- Bring the water to a boil in a tea kettle. Place the loose tea (or tea bags) in a glass measuring cup. Pour the boiling water over the tea, and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain out the tea (or remove the tea bags). Pour into 2 mugs.
- Add the milk, vanilla, and honey in a milk frother, and froth until the milk is velvety and frothy.
Divide the milk mixture over the two mugs of tea and serve.
Earl Grey Tea: My preference for tea is always loose-leaf tea, but 2 tea bags is a great subsitute. f you can find double-strength or double-Bergamot Earl Grey tea, use it--it's delicious.
Milk: Your milk of choice here, but note that cow's milk and oat milk are going to get the foamiest results.
Honey: The best type of sweetener to use is one that dissolves easily in warm liquids, like honey, but you can use regular granulated sugar as long as you stir it together until it fully dissolves.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g
Elizabeth @ Joyful Kitchen Blog says
Love the "facelift" on your website/blog by the way. Just sayin'!
Carla @ Carlas Confections says
Um I need to go get a milk frother! I want this now :D
Another alternative to a real milk frother is an Aerolatte frother (just google them or check Amazon) They are significantly cheaper and although they don't use steam they will whip up a mug of heated milk without a problem! I use mine to make at-home lattes all the time! I've never had a tea latte, but I regularly drink tea AND lattes so this will be a fun adaptation of both.
I'm actually a little bit disgusted at myself that I've never even heard of this, let alone tasted it. I thought I'd found heaven when I tasted Costa's gingerbread latte - but this?! Ahhhhh <3 xo
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says
London Fogs are my FAVORITE. For some strange reason, I have never made myself one at home. Which is kind of ridiculous, considering I always have earl grey tea and I own a milk frother. Uh oh...you may have just turned me on to a new habit...
i love this tea
M :) says
So...what you're making is technically called a "London Fog".
Except London Fogs use vanilla syrup for their sweetness. And believe me - it is SO much better!
You can buy the syrup in tons of cafes and online, one popular brand is Torani (in Canada, at least) and you can ask your local cafe which brand they carry. It'll make a WORLD of a difference to your London Fog.
Catherine Dream says
I inadvertently teach every new Starbucks I walk into what a London Fog is and I'm drinking one right now and there ain't nothing better than earl grey latte or london fog : )
I need a frother in my life to make these at home, you're very right.
I have mine with soy milk and one pump of vanilla syrup - agreed, I've tried it without the sugar and it doesn't work. Even though I don't take sugar in my tea or coffe, with London fog, I do : )
Christina Lane says
Hah, I love that, Catherine! I'd love to be the lady behind you in line who says 'I'll have what she's having' :)
I love earl grey lattes and make them at home also. However. I add vanilla extract instead of sugar--less calories than vanilla syrup (I think!?) but I add whipped cream. Quit drinking espresso lattes after I started making these. Yum yum
Excellent Sound! I love & like this tea.