London Fog in Black Marble Mug on Tea Towel With Copper Spoon and Electric Kettle.

This London Fog Tea Latte is Ultimate Comfort in a Cup

A London Fog Tea Latte is as warm and comforting as a grandma blanket on a dreary afternoon. With five minutes and a few simple ingredients, you are well on your way to indulging in a cup of goodness that’ll make you want to stay in with a good book.

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Origin of a London Fog

Interestingly enough, the drink known as a London Fog actually originated in Vancouver, Canada. Credited to a woman by the name of Mary Loria in the ’90s, she ordered the concoction due to her aversion to coffee during pregnancy. Yet again, proof that necessity is the mother of all wonderful inventions!

While the origin of the drink itself is widely accepted, the given name for the London Fog is an enigma. Even the inventor of this drink isn’t sure how it came to be coined. Fog most likely refers to the milk in the drink, but the London excerpt of the name is a mystery to this day. 

This drink is also sometimes referred to as an Early Grey Latte or a Vancouver Fog.

London Fog in Black Marble Mug on Tea Towel With Copper Spoon and Electric Kettle.

London Fog Is Super Easy to Recreate at Home

My first experience with a London Fog Tea Latte was at a local coffee shop with a dear friend. Admittedly, I rarely drink coffee that isn’t just straight black, so I get a little overwhelmed by the myriad of options at coffee shops. So, on my friend’s recommendation, I ordered a London Fog. And man did it deliver. Full-bodied, and just slightly sweet, it hit the spot in all the right ways. 

However, at $5 a pop, I set out to recreate this drink at home. As it turns out, it is super simple to make and only requires a few ingredients:

  • Milk or heavy cream
Overhead Shot of Twinings Earl Grey Black Tea Packets.

Method

To make, steep Earl Grey tea as directed, typically 3 minutes. To speed up the process of boiling water, I use this electric kettle. I find myself drinking tea more regularly due to the speed and ease of use of this kettle. Remove tea bag or loose leaf tea. Pro Tip: Most tea bags are compostable! 

While tea steeps, heat milk or heavy cream. Lately, I gravitate toward heavy cream in my tea due to the richness it adds. 

After heating the milk or cream, add vanilla confectioner’s sugar and whip well with a frother

Pour frothed milk over the steeped Earl Grey Tea. When I’m feeling extra fancy, I finish with some orange zest to bring out the bergamot flavor that is inherent in Earl Grey. 

Then curl up in a cozy chair with a warm blanket and a hound dog at your feet and enjoy! (This last bit is optional, but highly recommended!)

Black Marble Mug, Earl Grey Tea Bag, Homemade Vanilla Sugar, Copper Spoon and Tea Towel.

Possible Variations

  • I use homemade vanilla confectioner’s sugar in my London Fog, primarily because I typically have it on hand. However, vanilla simple syrup is the traditional sweetener for this drink. Honey, granulated sugar or even maple syrup would be equally delicious options. If using an alternative sweetener, I suggest adding about a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract to achieve the hint of vanilla typically associated with a London Fog. 
  • When the evenings are extra chilly or my day has been especially trying, I am not above making myself a nightcap to ease what ails me. To spike a London Fog, try adding a ½ ounce of gin or vodka. Bailey’s Irish Cream and Grand Marnier are excellent options as well. 
Overhead View of London Fog Tea Latte Finished With Orange Zest.
London Fog in Black Marble Mug on Tea Towel With Copper Spoon and Electric Kettle.

London Fog Tea Latte

A London Fog Tea Latte is as warm and comforting as a grandma blanket on a dreary afternoon. With five minutes and a few simple ingredients, you are well on your way to indulging in a cup of goodness that’ll make you want to stay in with a good book.
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 1 cup
Calories 125 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz water
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla confectioner's sugar
  • orange zest optional

Instructions
 

  • To make, steep Earl Grey tea as directed, typically 3 minutes. Remove tea bag or loose leaf tea.
  • While tea steeps, heat milk or heavy cream.
  • After heating the milk or cream, add vanilla confectioner’s sugar and whip well with a frother.
  • Pour frothed milk over the steeped Earl Grey Tea. Finish with orange zest if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • I use homemade vanilla confectioner’s sugar in my London Fog, however, you can utilize any sweetener you prefer. Vanilla simple syrup is the traditional sweetener for this drink. Honey, granulated sugar or even maple syrup would be equally delicious options. If using an alternative sweetener, I suggest adding about a ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract to achieve the hint of vanilla typically associated with a London Fog. 
  • To spike a London Fog, try adding a ½ ounce of gin or vodka. Bailey’s Irish Cream and Grand Marnier are excellent options as well. 
Keyword London Fog Tea Latte, Earl Gray Tea

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