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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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 | rachelrunningwild.me

▲ 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? 

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