The London Fog Latte, an aromatic fusion of classic London Fog Tea with creamy espresso and frothy milk, is the perfect blend of comfort and indulgence. This creamy, flavorful treat is warm and welcoming on a chilly day, and always delicious whether you’re enjoying it in the morning or late at night.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy - only 3 ingredients, whip it up in minutes
- Comforting - a cozy and inviting drink, especially when it's cold outside
- Starbucks Copycat - even though this was around long before Starbucks, it's where many people first tried it
What's a London Fog Latte?
Originally this tea latte originated in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. It really took off when Starbucks released their version. Strongly brewed Earl Grey tea mixed with hot steamed milk with vanilla. Trust me, it tastes like a hug in a mug.
- Earl Grey Tea - strongly brewed concentrate, like a Russian Zavarka
- Steamed Milk - or heated milk
- Vanilla Syrup - adds sweetness and richness
How to Make London Fog Latte
- Steep Tea - bring water to a boil, add the tea bags and allow to steep for about 5 minutes.
- Steam Milk - prepare the steamed milk, either using a milk frother or in a saucepan over the stove.
- Mix - prepare 2 mugs or latte glasses. Pour half a cup of strong tea into each glass. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla syrup in each glass and top up hot steamed milk.
Heating Milk Variations
Most homes don't have fancy cappuccino machines to make steamed milk. I have the Nespresso milk steamer which works perfectly to heat up the milk. Here are easy ways to heat up milk for your hot drinks.
- Steamed Milk - do you have a fancy milk steamer? Use it!
- Electric Milk Frother - heats cold milk and froths at the same time
- Hand Held Frother - looks like a mini hand held wisk, heat the milk in advance
- Microwave - microwave 2 cups of milk for about 2½ minutes until hot
- Stovetop - pour into a saucepan and heat on medium high heat
Recipe Tips and FAQs
- Steeping - don't steep teabag directly into hot milk, as the milk fats won't allow the tea flavor to be released
- Strong Brew - Make sure you use at least 2 teabags when steeping the tea. Too weak then the latte is too milky and lacks flavor
- Milk Tea Ratio - adjust to personal taste, but 50:50 is a good milk:tea ratio
- Burning Milk - if using stovetop method, don't overheat the milk causing to burn, heating starts slowly, then can suddenly overflow
- Fancy Earl Grey - try different tea variations like French Earl Grey (with lavender) or Russian Earl Grey (with citrus)
Can I Use Plant Based Milk?
Yes, this is a perfect hot drink recipe that works great with dairy substitutes. Try using these plant alternatives.
- Almond Milk - or try Vanilla Almond Milk
- Oat Milk
- Soy Milk
- Rice Milk
- Macadamia Milk
Hot Drinks You'll Love
- Hot Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)
- Russian Tea with Citrus
- German Mulled Wine
- Blueberry Tea Cocktail
- Zavarka - Russian Tea
London Fog Latte is so easy to make, creamy, smooth and delicious. Steeped Earl Grey Tea with steamed milk and vanilla syrup, a modern twist on a classic. A Starbucks copycat recipe, but actually the original version. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
- milk frother
- 1 cup water
- 2 Earl Grey Tea Bags
- 2 cups steamed milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla syrup
- Bring water to a boil, add the tea bags and allow to steep for about 5 minutes
- Prepare the steamed milk, either using a milk frother or in a saucepan over the stove.
- Prepare 2 mugs or latte glasses. Pour half a cup of strong tea into each glass. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla syrup in each glass and top up hot steamed milk.
©PetersFoodAdventures.com *originally posted January 2018, updated April 2023