If you’ve ever seen “London Fog” on a drink menu and wondered what it is, we’re here to clear up any confusion. London Fog is another way to describe an Earl Grey Latte. Earl Grey, a black tea with a hint of bergamot, is mixed with steamed milk and often a hint of vanilla syrup.
The Basics of the London Fog
“London Fog” is a bit of a misnomer. Earl Grey lattes were created in Vancouver, Canada and are mostly popular in the western United States and Canada. Perhaps the name is a nod to the country where Earl Grey grew in popularity and to the cloudiness of the milky tea. The London Fog is great for tweaking and customizing, too. Switch out the milk for soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk for a vegan-friendly variety. Or try a different Early Grey base, like our appropriately-named London.
- 2 tablespoons of loose leaf Earl Grey
- 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- Raw sugar
- Milk Frother
- Brew the Earl Grey tea using 1/2 cup of hot water. Follow the steeping directions on the Earl Grey packaging and don't forget to remove the tea bag once it's done steeping!
- Add the vanilla extract and raw sugar to taste to your Earl Grey.
- Heat the milk using your stove on low heat or the microwave. Be careful not to overheat the milk.
- Use the milk frother to whip your milk. (Optional)
- Pour the milk over your steeped Earl Grey.
Variations of London Fogs
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your London Fog. Your creativity can go beyond replacing the milk or using a different Earl Grey. Try adding mint leaves for what we’re calling a “Big Sur Fog.” Use coconut syrup or agave instead of vanilla. Infuse your milk with lavender, rose, or another flower. Try using honey instead of sugar. You can even amp up your London Fog to a “London Smog” – an Earl Grey twist on the Dirty Chai Latte. Add a shot of espresso to your latte for extra perkiness.
Earl Grey’s bold but simple flavors are delightful on their own, but with creativity, you can find an Earl Grey latte that you love even more!