How to Make a London Fog

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. 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.

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.

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

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 mins.

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, whisk or steamer.) 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
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.

You might be wondering, “Does Earl Grey tea have caffeine in it?” Yes, a standard cup of earl grey does have about 40 milligrams of caffeine because it contains black tea. That makes London Fog a fantastic morning energizer or afternoon pick-me-up. 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.

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.

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

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

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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 78kcal
Author Joss D

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, whisk or steamer.) 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.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make a London Fog
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 59mg2%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 198IU4%
Calcium 138mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

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