This London Fog Drink is a happy marriage of black tea and steamed milk that you can turn into a delicious beverage to warm up the coldest dreary day.
I’ve always been a tea drinker.
Back in college when my friends and I would be pulling all-nighters, I stayed away from the coffee and kept to my trusty steaming mug of tea.
Even after I started working, I never felt tempted to hang around the coffee machine.
But I have to admit that when I walked into my first Starbucks up in Portland, Oregon years ago on that rainy afternoon, I was immediately smitten.
The lighting, the coffee aroma, the warm ambiance, the sound of the espresso machines and milk steamers was overwhelming in the best way.
But what’s a girl to do when she doesn’t like the taste of coffee?
Thankfully, the friendly barista suggested I try a London Fog Tea Latte, and it’s been one of my favorite drinks ever since.
What’s even better is I figured out how to make one at home so you can get that cozy feeling anytime you want, without having to actually go into a Starbucks.
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Starbucks London Fog Tea Latte
Starbucks describes this Earl Grey Tea Latte like this:
Bright, citrusy spark of Italian bergamot blends with subtle hints of lavender, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk for this frothy reinvention of classic Earl Grey tea.Starbucks.com
It sounds so sophisticated and amazing when you put it like that, but it’s really a simple drink that you can make at home any time you want.
(Which is good because now that there’s a Starbucks on every corner, the bloom is off the rose for me…)
London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
Basically, this Earl Grey Tea Latte is made with a black tea like Earl Grey, steamed milk, vanilla simple syrup and a hint of lavender.
That’s definitely something we can make at home for a fraction of the cost of the Starbucks creation.
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What kind of tea works best for the London Fog Drink?
The basis for the London Fog drink is Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey is a flavored tea.
A flavored tea simply means it’s made up of tea leaves (black, green, oolong, etc.) blended with fruit, flowers, spices, oils, or extracts.
Earl Grey is one of the most recognized and widely used flavored teas in the world.
Earl Grey is made up of:
- Black tea
- Oil of bergamot
Bergamot is a kind of citrus fruit about the size of an orange, but green. It’s never eaten fresh like an orange, but the rind is used for its aromatic flavor and aroma.
Bergamot is described as a sharp and intensely citrus flavor, which is strong enough to stand up to the addition of milk and vanilla.
Tea bags vs. Loose Tea
Some tea purists will tell you that you should always brew your tea from loose tea leaves, but I think that when you’re blending it with milk and other flavorings, tea bags work just fine.
So you choose – if you love the ritual of brewing your tea with loose tea, by all means go for it.
But if you want to take a shortcut like I do sometimes, get yourself some teabags!
My Secret to the Best London Fog Tea Latte
I love it when I find something that not only tastes amazing, but saves me a step when I’m making a special drink.
Here’s my secret…
What Kind of Milk should I use in my Tea Latte?
You can use any kind of milk you have on hand and still create a delicious London Fog drink.
Dairy milk, nut milk, soy, coconut milk…whatever you prefer.
Just heat your milk on the stove or the microwave. If you have a fancy milk steamer, then go you!
I use a milk frother that works wonders and really adds that extra level of decadence to my tea latte.
What Kind of Sweetener should I use to make an Earl Grey Tea Latte?
You could just add a tablespoon of sugar, or some simple syrup, but I like to add some Torani Vanilla Syrup. That way I get the sweetness I want and get that extra vanilla flavor.
The syrup lasts a long time and you can buy it anywhere.
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How to Make a London Fog or Earl Grey Tea Latte
To make a London Fog tea latte recipe, simply brew a cup of Breakfast in Paris tea (or Earl Grey if you want to leave out the lavender hints.)
Combine it with hot, frothed milk, and add some vanilla syrup.
Every time I make one of these, I remember that day years ago when I had never set foot in a Starbucks. And the warm, frothy fragrant London Fog drink I had that day in Portland, and I smile.
- 1 Stash Breakfast in Paris teabag or equivalent loose tea
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup of milk (choose your favorite)
- 1 tablespoon Torani vanilla-flavored syrup
- Place tea bag in a 16 oz mug.
- Pour boiling water over tea and let steep for 3 minutes.
- While the tea steeps, heat milk on the stove or microwave.
- Using a frother, froth milk.
- Remove tea bag from mug, stir in vanilla syrup.
- Pour in the frothed milk and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92
Nutrition information based on using 1 tablespoon of vanilla syrup and 1% dairy milk.