recipe: how to make a cafe-style london fog latte

Do you love london fog lattes as much as I do?

Most cafes serve london fogs and if it’s a good cafe, they’ll know how to make you one even if it’s not listed on their menu. Sometimes it’s fun to ask about drinks that aren’t on the menu because it creates an opportunity for dialogue between you and your barista. And that’s always a wonderful thing!

So what exactly is a london fog? It’s earl grey tea (which is traditionally English black tea leaves mixed with bergamot orange peel), a touch of vanilla, perhaps some honey, and rich creamy milk. When done right it’s heavenly, but that’s the key. Despite having so few ingredients, you need to follow a process in order to get that wonderful, frothy, sweet and citrusy latte.

Here’s how you can re-create that perfect london fog latte without leaving home:

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ For an 8 oz. latte, pour 1 cup milk in a small saucepan. The creamier (ie. whole or 2% milk) the tastier! You can substitute with any milk alternative such as almond, coconut, or soy milk.

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ Followed by 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. I recommend vanilla paste but I was out so I’m using vanilla extract. Still delicious! If you really love vanilla, go ahead and add up to 3/4 teaspoon! Speaking of, did you know vanilla is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory abilities? (which is especially handy if you’re joining me in my three month fitness plan!)

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ Whisk the ingredients together and set the pot to medium-low heat and stir often. Milk is a little tricky since heating too fast or too high can scald it and ruin the flavor. Ooh and as the milk heats up, whisk the heck out of it! The more you whisk during heating, the more aerated and frothy your latte will be.

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▲ While the milk is heating, steep your earl grey in 1/4 cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes. Set the tea bag aside when finished steeping but don’t throw it away just yet!

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ How’s that milk coming along? See, nice and frothy!

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ Now for the best part… pour the milk mixture over the earl grey tea! This is where I like to toss the earl grey tea bag back into the cup and let it steep a little while longer. By removing it for a few minutes after the initial steep, you’ll avoid getting a bitter latte.

recipe: how to make a cafe-style London Fog | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

▲ Even if you’re not a tea drinker, you have to admit this looks delicious!

PS. THIS is the earl grey tea I buy. I love this brand because you can order refill packs at a discounted price online and reuse the tin!

Cafe-Style London Fog Latte

(makes one 8-oz latte)

the ingredients

  • 1 earl grey tea bag (or 1 teaspoon loose leaf earl grey)
  • 1/4 cup hot (nearly boiling) water
  • 1 cup milk (whole, 2%, almond, coconut, or soy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 teaspoon honey

the how-to

  1. Combine milk, vanilla, and honey (optional) in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat slowly and whisk to combine.
  2. In your preferred coffee mug, steep earl grey tea in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bag/leaves (and set aside – don’t throw it away yet!) once finished steeping. 
  3. Whisk the heck out of that milk mixture – it’ll become rich and frothy.
  4. Pour milk mixture into your coffee mug.
  5. Add tea bag back into the latte and allow it to continue steeping to your liking.
  6. Cheers!

What’s your favorite non-coffee cafe drink? Do you have a favorite cafe where you order specialty drinks that aren’t on the menu? 


what’s in my winter beauty cabinet

Midwest winters are extremely cold and dry, which makes my skin extra chapped and hair embarrassingly frizzy. Since the air is so harsh right now I try to focus more closely on the quality of products I use; thinking more about the ingredients becomes a priority. To treat my hair and skin well, I look for products that are rich in naturally-occurring, plant-based ingredients and options that aren’t tested on animals.

Here’s a peek at some of my go-to products and pick-me-ups for these sometimes beautiful but always cold winter months:

what's in my bathroom cabinet: winter | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

shelf one: lotion + skin care

► I can’t get enough of THIS Sonia Kashuk Body Butter in Yellow Alluriana!

► Here’s a trick I picked up from my Grandma – use THIS ultra-basic baby lotion for gentle eye area moisturizer! Since I use an anti-wrinkle cream at night (not pictured but THIS is what I’m using right now), I like to use gentle baby lotion before applying makeup in the morning. My skin doesn’t feel heavy this way and it has such a calm, soothing scent!

► Lush makes some crazy wonderful products. Made from scratch and using ingredients I can actually pronounce, THIS mud mask is minty and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. My younger sister gave me a goody basket of Lush products for Christmas, so I’ve been using the mud mask every one to two weeks ever since. It’s heavenly.

► My morning and night facial cleansing routine includes THIS exfoliating cleanser and THIS lotion.

what's in my bathroom cabinet: winter | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

shelf two: nails + hair (plus deodorant + my spa hack)

► My home manicures always include a base of THIS bamboo and green tea nail strengthener. Right now my favorite nail colors are Double-Breasted Jacket and Fiji by Essie.

► I’m obsessed with all things lavender – it seems to be something that runs in the family. THIS is my favorite natural-ingredient deodorant. I love how light it feels since there’s no need for military-grade deodorant in these frigid months. I hope. Someone please tell me if I’m wrong.

► I burn THIS soy candle when I’m taking a bath or if I don’t have time for a bath but still want a 10 minute spa escape, I like to light 2-3 small candles and shower by candlelight. It’s amazing how zen a little candlelight can make a regular ‘ol shower.

► When my hair is getting particularly dry and frizzy, I’ll run a small amount of THIS pomade through it.

► After every shower and before using a hair dryer, I run a pea-sized amount of THIS conditioner through my wet hair.

what's in my bathroom cabinet: winter | by the Rachel Running Wild blog |

shelf three: makeup 

THIS is the smoothest, most heavenly black eyeliner, THIS is what I use to create a bold brow look, and I wear THIS pizazzy shadow in Toast for daytime and in Festivity for date nights.

► Depending on what the weather’s doing and what I have in store for the day, I alternate between THIS basic mascara that nourishes the eyelash follicle, and THIS waterproof butterfly-lash mascara in blackest black.

► I’ve been using THIS concealer in Balsa through the winter months since that’s when my skin is fairest, and THIS powder doesn’t crease with wrinkles and keeps my oily skin looking fresh all day.

THIS Aveda earthy red lipstick in Sheer Roseleaf is minty and my favorite for date nights, and THIS Pixi shea balm in Coral has become my favorite for days when I feel especially ready to be done with winter!

THIS Sonia Kashuk blush in melon looks so sweet and natural on fair skin.

(Side note, seeing my bathroom organized into tidy mason jars always help me feel put together and on top of life. It’s the little things!)

Any products here that you use and love? What’s your number one favorite winter beauty product?