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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

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  • 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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    Ur Mom
    November 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    I make this recipe for my brother and he loves it. He says that it is very good and begs me every day to make it for him.

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    Trista Johnson
    October 6, 2021 at 10:37 am

    So funny to open my email to this today – I’ve been obsessed with London Fogs the past couple of weeks!!!

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    Sandra
    July 3, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Hi! What brand of mugs/tea cups are these? I love this style for lattes and tea!

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    Kimberly
    February 24, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Excited to try this recipe. At one point I found the decaf Earl Grey you mentioned in the above comments but settled for the fully caffeinated version with my newest box of tea. I wanted to add that for creating foam I will use my French Press to froth the milk. You do need a fair amount of milk in it and it must be HOT to work. Drinkable hot may not froth, but I have tried it with both dairy milks and non-dairy milks with good success, as long as it is hot enough.

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    Vera
    January 5, 2021 at 11:25 am

    How would you make this recipe using vanilla syrup?
    And does decaf earl grey tea exist? Or what other tea could you use?

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      Maddie
      February 17, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Hi Vera,
      I have not made this specific recipe, but I wanted to answer your second question. Bigelow makes a decaffeinated earl grey that would most likely work great for you! Stash also makes a tea called breakfast in Paris that has Earl Grey, Lavender, and vanilla in it. That one makes a London Fog similar to that of Starbucks. I hope this helps!

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    Dustin
    November 30, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve been wondering how to make my London Fog taste more like the ones I’ve had at coffee shops. This recipe is delicious – thank you!

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    Gina
    November 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    What almond milk do you use?? So tough to froth vegan milk with my wand 😧

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    mary
    October 24, 2020 at 5:22 am

    I added less than a pinch of cardamom. This was a nice new tea flavor for me! Thanks!

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    Stacey Borge
    October 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve loved lavender earl grey for years ~ perhaps the most inviting and cozy tea ever!!

    I don’t have a frother, but to all the other non frothers out there, I use my immersion blender in the warm milk and it works like a charm!

    Thanks for this recipe! I was just about to start work and was craving a specialty bevy ~ we just got our first snowfall this morning!! The joys of working from home: Making tea recipes like this to sit down with at my desk! Thank you!!

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    Kathy
    March 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    A local spot where I live called True Brew makes the best Lavender London Fog ( I like mine iced) so this is great to see that Twinings makes a Lavender Earl Grey Tea!! I will try this recipe for sure! Thank you!

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