London Fog Latte

London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

I absolutely adore tea. So much so, in fact, that I will drink several mugfuls a day in the wintertime. There’s just something so deliciously comforting about wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of tea. And I’ll drink just about any variety too, (except Lapsing Souchong – no, thank you) but my very favorites are Bourbon Vanilla Rooibos and Earl Grey. There is never a wrong time to drink Earl Grey, in my humble opinion, and I cannot get enough of the complexities of the strong taste of the black tea accented by gentle undertones of citrusy bergamot. Last year, I learned that such a thing as Lavender Earl Grey existed and, oh my goodness, my world has not been the same since.

Here in Chicago, winter is very much here and turning my favorite tea into a latte is exactly what I need to warm up on a cold afternoon. A London Fog Latte is a delightfully cozy beverage that is the perfect luxurious blend of Earl Grey tea with sweet vanilla, floral lavender, and frothed, steamy milk. To me, the creamy milk should accent the flavor of the tea without diluting it and the sweetness should soften the tastes without masking them in sickeningly sweet vanilla-flavor.

If you go to Starbucks, there won’t be any lavender, and it will be pumped full of sugary vanilla syrup. (Ingredients in Vanilla Syrup from the Starbucks website: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVORS, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE (E202), CITRIC ACID (E330), COLOR: CARAMEL (E150d).)

If you’re anything like me, you don’t want all of that junk in your tea. So, I ventured out to discover the secret of making my own and, after lots of trial-and-error, found my favorite ratios.

To make your own London Fog Latte you will need…

2 tsp. loose-leaf Earl Grey tea (or 2 tea bags)
1 cup (8 oz.) boiling water
1/2 cup (4 oz.) milk (I use additive-free canned coconut milk)
1 Tbs. raw honey (or sugar)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. culinary-grade dried lavender (optional)

London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

How to make it…

1. Put the kettle on.

Le Creuset Kettle in Flame for making a London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

2. When you hear your kettle’s cheerful whistle, brew one strong cup (8 oz) of Earl Grey tea.

You can brew the tea using whichever method you prefer. (Loose-leaf is my favorite and I’ll prepare it using my french press or my teavana perfectea maker) I use either 2 teabags or 2 tsp of loose-leaf tea to achieve the desired strength. (Remember that you want the tea strong so it isn’t diluted by the milk.)

Add the lavender. (If you are using tea bags, you’ll need to put the lavender in a tea strainer.)

Steep for 5 minutes.

London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

3. Steam your milk.

I warm mine on the stovetop and then either use our milk frother, my blender, or just a wisk in the saucepan to create some lovely foam.

Be careful not to let the milk boil, though.

4. When your tea is done steeping, strain it or remove the tea bags and stir in honey and vanilla.

5. Pour the warm milk into your teacup and spoon the foam on top.

(You could also just use a hand-held milk frother inside your cup at this point or transfer the entire beverage into a blender to achieve that frothy milk top.)

Steamed Milk Foam on a London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

6. Enjoy on a gray winter day. Preferably sitting by a window with a book in hand.

London Fog Latte Recipe with Lavender Earl Grey Tea

Other supplies…

favorite earl grey | culinary lavender | my mug | my kettle | teavana perfectea maker | milk frother

  • this is so perfect for a cold january afternoon. pinned! =)

    • Yes- it absolutely is! Be sure to let me know what you think if you make it. =]

  • Sounds delicious! In the middle of a stinking hot summer over here so it is so lovely hearing about wintery ideas.
    Personally I have been quite addicted to Chai Lattes. The spicey taste is so much more comforting than a brew of coffee.
    I have been working in a small cafe for 5 months now and have just started my Batista training, I am curious to try this at work, see if my boss would be interested in putting it on the menu as something different…

    • You’re working at a cafe now? how fun! most coffee shops I’ve been to can make this latte when I ask so you should definitely see about putting it on the menu. It’s delicious and is a great alternative for people who want a latte but don’t like coffee or chai. Hope you are well! So happy to be able to reconnect with you.

  • I’m a tea drinker and so I love your tea recipe. Looks delicious. Your photos are also beautiful! Love them! 🙂

    • Glad you like the recipe! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Your house must smell so good after making the tea! mmmmm….

    • Thanks for taking the time to say hello. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • This looks so very delicious!! Yum. I am a big fan of coffee and tea, and I just love the name of this concoction! Your photography is also on point, because your pictures are just stunning. 🙂 We went to Chicago this past summer on our honeymoon, and had such a beautiful time! We walked on the shore, rented a tandem bike, headed over to the Ravinia (sp?) festival, and so much more. Such a beautiful city. 🙂

    • Hello! So pleased to be able to connect with you. Thank you for all the sweet words and yes! Chicago is amazing. I’ve only lived here for about nine months, but the longer I’m here the more I love it. Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

  • Beka

    Yum!!! I love London fogs!!

    • Hi Beka! Yes! One day let’s get together and drink them together. Miss you!

  • oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I’m not a fan or the super sugary teas from like Starbucks either. I’ll definitely have to give this a try!

  • Okay, I’m going to be honest: I’m more of a coffee girl than a tea girl, despite my best efforts to become a tea drinker. I’ll drink a hot tea if I have a sore throat or I’ll mix things up with some matcha every now and then, but it pretty much stops there. This lavender latte sounds amazing and I just happen to have candied lavender (for macaron-making) in my kitchen. I’m thinking I might just go make one right now! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Casey

  • Earl Grey tea is my favorite. At Starbucks I make mine with their soy milk. It adds a hint of vanilla without the sugar. Of course homemade is best!

    • I agree – homemade is always best, but still, Starbucks does work in a pinch. I just ask for them to use half of the sweetener.

  • I’m making some right now, only I’m improvising with candied lavender given that I don’t have any dried lavender! Crossing my fingers but I think it should still be delicious:)

    • Candied lavender? Yum! Hope it turns out well – I’d love to hear if it’s just as good. 🙂

  • This looks delicious!! I definitely need to make this, thanks so much for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome Hannah! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Mmmmmm yes, I love Earl Grey. This looks delicious! I haven’t had a good tea in awhile.

    • Isn’t Earl Grey divine? absolutely perfect time of year for a good tea, too.

  • Thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m so happy that you found me on instagram and reached out because your blog and content is just wonderful! This tea sounds so delightful and I’m actually going out shopping tomorrow so I’m absolutely stocking up on a few things to try this. Very excited to follow your blog!
    Rachel | Choosing Human

    • Hello Rachel! So happy to meet you and glad I found your blog so we can connect. Let me know if you try to make it! I’d love to know how it turns out. 🙂

  • I loooove London Fog Lattes! In December though I kick it up a notch and make them with eggnog. So yummy!

    • Eggnog? Oh my goodness! I never even thought of that. Have to try that next year…

  • This looks fantastic! I love a good tea latte, but I am partial to Chai 😉

    • Chai is delicious too, for sure, but I’m definitely the kind of girl who would choose Earl Grey first in a heartbeat. Thanks for stopping by!

  • That is such a yummy recipe for a cold day and your photos are gorgeous!

  • Yum!!! That looks so delicious and your photos are stunning!

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  • This looks so yummy!

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