Next time you want to sip on something warm and comforting, try a London Fog Latte. I’ve been hooked ever since a friend encouraged me to order one at a local coffee shop. As soon as I took my first sip, I was determined to figure out how to make them myself.
A London Fog Latte is now my go-to drink whenever I need a hug in a mug. Start-to-finish, it takes about as long as brewing a cup of coffee, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand right now.
What Is In a London Fog Latte?
In its most basic form, a London Fog Latte is Earl Grey tea flavored with vanilla and lavender, topped with frothy milk, and softly sweetened. Recipes vary, but the predominant ingredients in a London Fog Latte include:
- Earl Grey tea (black tea flavored with bergamot)
- Lavender (optional)
- Steamed and frothed milk
How to Make a London Fog Drink at Home
Makes: 2 tea lattes
Time in the kitchen: 5 minutes
- 12 oz. hot water
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- A few drops of liquid monk fruit sweetener or stevia, to taste
- 6-8 oz. milk of choice (I used a full-fat almond milk)
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- Pinch of fresh lavender buds (optional)
Grab two mugs and place one tea bag in each. Top with hot water and allow to steep for three to five minutes – longer for a stronger tea, shorter for a weaker tea. For a more floral drink, you can throw a pinch of lavender into the water while the tea is steeping.
While the tea steeps, warm your milk in a saucepan. Add the vanilla extract. To froth your milk, you can use an immersion blender, froth wand, or a french press. To froth using a french press, pour warmed milk into the french press. Aggressively agitate the milk by moving the plunger halfway up the french press and then back down about 10 times or so. You will see the milk expand as it becomes foamy.
Remove the tea bags and strain out any lavender buds if you used them. If you are using collagen peptides and sweetener, mix them in now. Pour your frothed milk on top.
Just add a fluffy blanket of foam, plus an optional sprinkle of lavender buds if you’re feeling fancy. Enjoy!
How to Customize Your London Fog Latte
- Make it decaf: A typical London Fog Latte contains caffeine. Earl Grey tea has a moderate amount of caffeine, around 30 to 60 mg per cup depending on how you brew it. For comparison, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains around 100 mg. If decaf is more your speed, look for decaffeinated Earl Grey tea bags.
- Make it dairy-free: London Fog Lattes are equally delicious whether you use full-fat milk or cream, nut milk, coconut milk, or other dairy-free options.
- Keep it keto-friendly by using monk fruit or stevia, or opt for honey or the sweetener of your choice.
- Serve it over ice: To make an iced London Fog Latte, brew the tea with 4 ounces of water per mug instead of 6 ounces. After it steeps, add the sweetener and collagen, then let it cool for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a cup of ice. Top with foam.
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