How to Make a London Fog

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London Fog may sound like a weather report for the capital of the United Kingdom. Spoiler alert – it isn’t. So what is a London Fog? It’s actually a latte with a base of earl grey steeped in boiling water, layered with frothy hot milk and a touch of vanilla.

The “London Fog” consists of the classically British Earl Grey, which is a mixture of black tea and bergamot oil, adding citrusy notes to the flavor profile. Despite the name, it is said to have been created in Vancouver, Canada.

London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits on the side

To make yourself a comforting London Fog, all you need is an earl grey tea-bag, hot milk of choice, vanilla, and any sweetener you’d like.

Stay tuned to discover how to make a London Fog:

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Earl grey tea, clear glass mug, mixing spoon, cinnamon on wooden background.
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup hot milk (or almond milk)
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk frother or whisk

Step #2. Infuse the Earl Grey Tea

A clear glass mug with earl grey tea bag.

Infuse the tea bag in the boiling water (it should infuse for about 5 minutes). Remove the tea bag.

Earl grey tea steeped in a clear glass mug.
Earl grey tea steeped in a clear glass mug.
Earl grey tea steeped in a clear glass mug.
Earl grey tea steeped in a clear glass mug.

Step #3. Add Sweetener & Vanilla

Earl grey tea, steeped in a clear glass mug with sugar.

Add the sugar, honey or sweetener, to taste. Add the vanilla. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Vanilla, earl grey tea steeped.

Step #4. Whisk the Hot Milk

Hot milk in a bowl with a whisk.

Whisk the hot milk until it forms froth at the top (you can use a milk frother or whisk for hot milk or you can steam cold milk with an espresso machine steam wand.) Pour it into the hot tea.

Hot frothy milk in a bowl with a whisk.
Hot milk and a london fog in a clear glass mug.
Hot milk and a london fog in a clear glass mug.
A spoon of frothy milk and a london fog in a clear glass mug.

Step #5. Enjoy Your London Fog

Mug of London Fog with cinnamon.

Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve.

London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits on the side
London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits on the side
London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side
London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side
London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side

This simple recipe is your ticket to enjoying a DIY café-quality mug of London Fog at home – or a fancy British teacup if you prefer. It results in a pale caramel-colored drink beneath a creamy, white cloud of milk froth.

With hints of vanilla, London Fog has a refreshing combination of floral black tea and a subtle zest – this flavor hits all your taste buds.

London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side

The caffeine content in a London Fog makes it a fantastic morning energizer or afternoon pick-me-up.

London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side

As for how long to steep earl grey, it should take only about 5 minutes to extract the full flavor. Adding your sweetener of choice – honey, sugar, agave – makes drinking your London Fog, perhaps at home in your velvet armchair, such a delicacy.

London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side

If you’re really feeling luxurious, sprinkle some dried lavender on top. Alternatively, you can infuse lavender with the earl grey in the water, to really complete the floral flavor of London Fog.

If you’re in the mood for something stronger, try adding a touch of amaretto.

The London Fog Latte will make you feel like you’re roaming the streets of London – hopefully with more sunlight than fog.

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London Fog in a clear glass mug, biscuits, cinnamon and tea bag on the side

How to Make a London Fog

Joss D
The “London Fog” consists of the classically British Earl Grey, which is a mixture of black tea and bergamot oil, adding citrusy notes to the flavor profile.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 1
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener - to taste
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup hot milk - or almond milk
  • Cinnamon - ground

Instructions
 

  • Infuse the tea bag in the boiling water (it should infuse for about 5 minutes). Remove the tea bag.
    Earl grey tea steeped in a clear glass mug.
  • Add the sugar, honey or sweetener, to taste. Add the vanilla. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
    Earl grey tea, steeped in a clear glass mug with sugar.
  • Whisk the hot milk until it forms froth at the top (you can use a milk frother or whisk for hot milk or you can steam cold milk with an espresso machine steam wand.) Pour it into the hot tea.
    Hot frothy milk in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve.
    Mug of London Fog with cinnamon.

Equipment

Milk frother

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 161mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 198IUCalcium: 138mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Earl Grey tea have caffeine in it?

Yes, a standard cup of Earl Grey tea does have about 40 milligrams of caffeine because it contains black tea.

What does London Fog tea taste like?

It tastes slightly sweet and creamy with the black tea and bergamot oil adding bitter, citrusy notes to the flavor profile and it has a hint of vanilla.

How to make a London Fog without a frother?

You can froth the hot milk with a whisk by hand. You can also froth cold milk with the steam wand on an espresso machine.

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