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How To Make a London Fog Drink

October 4, 2021

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog Drink? It’s the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog? It's the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!Guys, I’m officially getting old. I just opened up my inbox to find an email informing me that my 10 year high school reunion is coming up. WHAT? How has it been 10 years since I graduated from high school? I mean I have zero interest in turning back time or reliving my high school days, but it really doesn’t feel like 10 years have passed.

In many ways I feel like a different person (thankfully!), but I can just as easily put myself in the black oxford shoes of my 16 year old self strutting around Toronto like I own the place. I’m still unsure as to why no one informed me that wearing 3 tanks tops on top of each other or overplucking your eyebrows was NOT cool.

But for all of the changes that have unfolded since my high school days, one thing has remained the same, The London Fog.

When we were old enough to get free periods, me and my sailor suit sporting friends (I do still really miss the uniform…) would walk over to the Forest Hill village to order ourselves a London Fog Drink. This was the height of Mary Kate and Ashley sporting their Venti Starbucks Lattes, but we weren’t nearly old enough to appreciate or enjoy coffee. The London Fog was the perfect solution. A tea latte that was sweet and delicious without the unappetizing taste of coffee (how little teenage Davida knew…).

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog? It's the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!What is a London Fog?

For those of you who don’t know, a London Fog is an earl grey tea latte with foamy milk and vanilla. The most important factors are these:

  • The right kind of tea- good quality Earl Grey Tea is essential
  • Hot, foamy milk – you can use whatever kind of milk you like but I prefer almond or oat milk in my lattes
  • Vanilla – Starbucks uses their pumps of vanilla but vanilla extract will work just find
  • Sweetener – you can opt out of sweetener but I do find a little bit of raw honey builds out the flavor of this London Fog

It was the perfect sweet drink at 16 and remains my go-to Starbucks drink. Once I was old enough to start drinking coffee (ahem, college), The London Fog became my afternoon pick-me-up during finals and remains a nice afternoon treat and caffeine post for those extra tired days.

Do You Need a Frother?

Nope! I  prefer to use one since upgrading my frother bit mainly so I can eat the foam with a spoon. You can always heat your milk in the microwave or on a stovetop, though if you have a frother I highly recommend it!

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog? It's the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!

How to Make a London Fog

  1. Make the Tea – Steep your tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 mins (depending on strength preference)
  2. Froth Your Milk – Mix together almond milk and vanilla extract and steam or froth depending on what tools you have.*
  3. Sweeten – Stir sweetener in with steeped tea and top with frothed milk.

*If you don’t have a frother, heat up milk on stove top. It won’t get foamy but it does the trick!

Is a London Fog Caffeinated?

Yes it is. While it has much less caffeine than a coffee or espresso, Black Tea does contain caffeine. I find it’s an easier caffeine boost for that 3:00 PM crash because it doesn’t contain quite as much caffeine as coffee. You could also opt for decaf earl grey tea if you prefer.

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How To Make a London Fog

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog Drink? It’s the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 mug 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp raw honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Instructions

  1. Steep your tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 mins (depending on strength preference)
  2. Mix together almond milk and vanilla extract and steam or froth depending on what tools you have.*
  3. Stir sweetener in with steeped tea and top with frothed milk.
  4. Enjoy hot!

*If you don’t have a frother, heat up milk on stove top. It won’t get foamy but it does the trick!

Keywords: London Fog, How to Make a London Fog

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog? It's the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups!

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  • Reply
    Connor
    February 14, 2017 at 11:06 am

    The lavender sounds wonderful! I’d love to experiment using either jasmine or lavender to make kombucha!

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    Kelsey
    February 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Lavendar please! This sounds so amazing; I took the route of chai tea lattes before coffee, and feel like only recently have I started to appreciate the London Fog! =)

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    Lan
    February 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I’d love to try lavender. Sounds very aromatherapy esque!

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    Caitlin
    February 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I recently discovered London fogs!! They are soooo tasty! The touch of vanilla really takes down the bitterness of the tea! I would love to try the lavender tea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    February 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    We have so much in common. I was just reminded of my HS reunion this year…yikes! Where did the time go? And I drank soooo many of these in college as a light pick me up. These days I reach for matcha if I’m not feeling coffee, but I need to bring the London fog back into my rotation!

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    Leah M | love me, feed me
    February 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These photos are so beautiful and so cozy <3 Earl Grey is my jammmm!! Although I don't think I've ever had a proper london fog… Definitely need to get on that. Swooning over Lavender Earl Grey!!

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    Jill
    February 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Normally I go for a black tea with milk and sugar but that lavender earl gray like it would be so relaxing, I’d love to try it!

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    michele
    February 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I would love to try the jasmine. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Taylor
    February 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I think the lavender sounds amazing! I’ve just discovered my love for tea after ditching coffee and I’ve been studying up on the amazing health benefits as well! I’m even planning for my very own backyard tea garden for my first little home this spring! I would love to win this giveaway!

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    Liz
    February 14, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Wow, all the nostalgia re: high school, I graduated in 2007, too. Ooh, the Olson twins, subtlety and not so subtlety shaping our lives since we were toddlers.

    I had no idea a London fog could be so easy to make at home. I agree with you, the lavender sounds great. That’s the perfect floral accent for Earl Grey!

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    Clara
    February 14, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Agreed! The lavender sounds delicious! Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway, Davida!

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    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    February 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I’d love to try lavender!

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      Lourdes
      February 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Both the lavender and Jasmine sound wonderful. I too love tea lattes, I cannot wait to make a London Fog. Thank for sharing

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        Cass
        February 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm

        I usually drink Darjeeling tea steeped with some cardamom pods, with sugar and sometimes a bit of milk. I love floral flavors. I can’t wait to try a London Fog with the Earl Grey Lavender. Thanks for the recipe and fun drawing.

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      ASPEN
      February 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Lavender sounds amazing! I would also love to try jasmane. I have made london fogs a few times before, but this is by far the best one!

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      Susan
      June 16, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      I would love to try the lavender. I usually drink sleepy time or chamomile at night with honey. Recently started making my own hot matcha lattes. Never heard of London dog latte, would love to try it.

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        Hannah
        February 5, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        I would love to try the lavender! The London fog used to be my go to but I havent had one in a while!!

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      Corina
      July 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

      I am a huge fan of twinnings, and I would love to try the new lavender flavor. I also loved the English fog recipe which I shared with a couple of my friends on pinterest, they really enjoyed the English fog as well!

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        Corina
        July 7, 2018 at 9:40 am

        I am a huge fan of twinnings, and I would love to try the new lavender flavor. I also loved the English fog recipe which I shared with a couple of my friends on pinterest, they really enjoyed the English fog as well!

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        Lee
        July 9, 2019 at 6:53 am

        I have not tasted a London fog it is now on my must have list! The Jasmine sounds lovely!

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      Teresa
      August 29, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      I would love to try a London Fog. The lavender blend sounds divine

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      Annick Williams
      January 3, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Would love to try the lavender. Sounds refreshing and soothing. The London fog drink sounds fabulous, going to attempt to make one today.
      A.W.

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      Amber
      January 21, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      I would anyone one, but the Lavender sounds interesting! I almost picked it up today but bought some type of cinnamon instead! ?

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      Rodney
      February 14, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      I would love to try lavender as well

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      Kathryn Richter
      August 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

      So hungry for a cup of tea now! Jasmine sounds wonderful.

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