London Fog Drinks (also known as Earl Gray Tea Lattes) are my drink of choice in the wintertime. Warm, cozy, comforting, and wonderful with almond milk or oat milk, London Fog Tea Lattes make for the perfect treat when I’m not in the mood for coffee. (Which, shockingly, does actually happen occasionally!)
You can buy a London Fog Drink at Starbucks (I especially like their version with almond milk), but you can also make a super delicious version at home.
Before I get into exactly how to make one, you may be wondering …
What is a London Fog Drink?
A London Fog Drink is a latte made with:
- Earl Gray tea
- Frothed milk of your choice (oat milk is my fave when making it at home; almond when I’m buying it at Starbucks or somewhere else)
- A sweetener like vanilla syrup, honey, or even pure maple syrup
- Other optional ingredients are a pinch of lavender buds for a floral note, or a peel of orange rind to punch up the bergamot in Earl Gray. Both recommended!
London Fog Latte Drinks can also be made iced and are quite lovely when it’s warmer outside.
The citrus note from the bergamot oil in the Earl Gray tea along with a touch of sweetness and vanilla, plus the creaminess of a perfectly frothed milk makes for a wonderfully warming drink. My fave!
How do you make London Fog Drinks?
My version of a London Fog Tea Latte involves brewing a concentrated Earl Gray tea, then stirring in a bit of honey and vanilla extract after it has brewed. You can also add a pinch of culinary lavender if you’d like – it adds a soothing floral note.
While the tea brews, I froth my milk. I have this frother (affiliate link) which is worth every single penny (and then some), but you can also warm your milk on the stove then hit it with a handheld frother if you like. Or just skip the frothing altogether if you don’t have one.
By far, my favorite non-dairy milk alternative for lattes is oat milk. It froths up so rich and creamy – so good! Almond milk is lovely as well, but I find it doesn’t froth as much.
If you’re looking for a cozy-comforting warm drink to curl up with, I hope you try this London Fog Latte for some instant hygge! It’s quick, easy, and super easy to make at home.
How to Make a London Fog Drink
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Earl Gray tea bag
- Pinch culinary lavender (optional; I usually make it without)
- 2 teaspoons honey (or to taste*)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup of your favorite milk (I prefer oat milk for these)
- Place the tea bag in a mug and add the lavender if using. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag or, if you added lavender, pour the tea through a strainer then back into your mug.
- Stir in the honey and vanilla, adjusting both if you like for more or less sweetness or vanilla flavor.
- While the tea steeps, heat your milk. I use an electric frother, but you can also heat it on your stovetop until steaming but not boiling, stirring frequently. Froth with a hand-frother if using.
- Pour warmed milk into tea mixture and stir to combine. Spoon any froth over the top and serve.
Regarding a London Fog latte, Sensitive to honey. I heard the Barista at Starbucks say three pumps of vanilla syrup the other day. How much would that be?