Love lattes? You need to try this London Fog latte recipe, which uses Earl Grey tea, lavender, vanilla, and steamed milk (either regular or non-dairy). The flavors are delicate and addicting! I’ve included variations for using either loose leaf tea or tea bags.
I recently met up with a friend at a local bakery for coffee. It was a hot day, and I fully intended to order my usual iced soy latte (I really love soy milk in lattes since they have a touch of sweetness).
As I approached the counter, I glanced at their menu. When I saw “London Fog Latte” listed as one of the options, I was intrigued. I’d never heard of it! When the barista described the latte and its ingredients, I knew I’d love it.
I did. And I instantly knew I had to learn how to make my own.
What is a London Fog Latte?
A London Fog (also known as an Earl Grey Latte, Vanilla Tea Misto, or Earl Grey Tea Misto) is a hot drink that originated in Canada (not London as the name implies). It’s similar to an espresso-based latte, but Earl Grey is used as the main ingredient.
A London fog drink typically includes dried lavender and either vanilla syrup or a mix of vanilla extract and sugar.
If you’re familiar with the Starbucks London Fog, they use vanilla syrup. Since I didn’t have vanilla syrup but did have vanilla extract and sugar, it was an easy choice for me.
London Fog Latte Ingredients
- Earl Grey tea
- Dried lavender
- Vanilla extract
- White sugar (optional)
- Milk (dairy or a non-dairy alternative)
Earl Grey Tea
Since I didn’t already have Earl Grey tea, I decided to do a bit of research before grabbing the first one I saw at the grocery store. After reading some reviews, I settled on the brand In Pursuit of Tea.
I had to order it online since it’s not sold in stores, and it wasn’t the cheapest. But I’m incredibly happy with the flavor. If you already have Earl Grey, use what you have. This recipe will work with either loose or bagged tea.
I already had some dried lavender, but it was really old. Herbs and spices lose their flavor over time, so I decided to repurchase.
There are a million culinary lavender options on Amazon, but I ordered one that had positive reviews and a reasonable price point: Jansal Valley Lavender. I’m very happy with it, and the packaging is convenient for storage.
How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea
The beauty of brewing loose tea instead of using tea bags is that you can control the intensity and easily combine flavors (like we’re doing here by adding lavender to the Earl Grey). Loose leaf tea also tends to be higher in quality.
I think there are 3 good options for brewing loose leaf tea:
The fourth and least glamorous option: a bowl and a fine mesh strainer. You can technically brew the tea in just about anything, then strain it into a mug.
A teapot or tea ball create less waste than bags, so those are the two best options. However, I was given empty drawstring tea bags as a gift a few years ago, and I have to admit I kind of love them.
Once they run out, I’ll probably splurge for a nice teapot.
London Fog Tea Latte Recipe Notes
- I use a small, handheld milk frother, but you can heat the milk in the microwave or in a small saucepan. You want the milk hot, not boiling.
- I also use an electric kettle with temperature control settings. You can heat the water in a saucepan or old-fashioned kettle, but I like being able to control exactly how hot the water gets. I usually aim for one setting below boiling.
- Personally, I don’t like my tea and coffee drinks with much sweetener. If you’re the opposite, you’ll probably want more than the 1 teaspoon of sugar I’ve included in this recipe. I’ve seen latte recipes with up to 1 tablespoon per drink.
- You can use vanilla syrup in place of the sugar and vanilla, but you’ll want to add that to taste since I’m not sure how much you’d need.
- You can use any milk you prefer with lattes, but lately I’ve been really loving oat milk. I prepared this recipe with the Oatly Barista Blend, which froths nicely.
More Drink Recipes
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London Fog Latte
- 1 heaping tablespoon Earl Grey (or 3 tea bags)
- 1/2 teaspoon culinary-grade dried lavender
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup steamed or hot milk (I used oat milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, or to taste (see notes)
- For Loose Leaf Tea: Add the tea and dried lavender to a tea pot, empty tea bag or tea ball.For Tea Bags: Add the tea bags and lavender to a mug or small bowl.
- Heat water in a kettle until boiling or almost boiling. (Note: I prefer the water somewhere around 190-200 degrees F, but I have an electric kettle that lets me choose the setting).
- Add the water to the tea pot, or a mug if using a tea bag/ball. Steep according to tea instructions (my brand says 3 minutes for 8-16 ounces). If you’re not sure, err on the side of longer since the milk will dilute the flavor of the tea.
- While the tea is brewing, combine the milk and vanilla. Steam and froth (or heat in the microwave or a saucepan if you don’t have a milk steamer).
- If you used pre-bagged tea, strain out the lavender before serving. Combine brewed tea with the milk, stir in the sugar, and serve immediately.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
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