London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

Learn how to make a classic London Fog tea latte homemade! This Earl Grey latte is so simple and affordable to make at home, and it is wonderfully comforting and delicious.

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I have been a tea drinker my entire life.  But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I was first introduced to the wonderfulness that is a London Fog tea latte.

Oh my goodness, have you all tried it??

Traditionally (and at Starbucks), London Fog lattes are made by combining sweetened earl grey tea with some steamed milk and vanilla syrup.  So simple!  But when I recently ordered one at a local Kansas City coffee shop, I realized that theirs had a hint of another ingredient that kicked this latte up a big notch — lavender!

I absolutely love the combination of earl grey tea and lavender in this lavender cheesecake, so it should have come as no surprise that it would make a tea latte all the more wonderful.  But oh my goodness, it suddenly made sweetened tea with milk taste like the most luxurious, relaxing drink.  So comforting!

But paying $4 for said comfort?  Totally not necessary.  So this holiday season, I figured out how to make my own 5-minute homemade version for about $0.25, and am now completely hooked.  It’s so easy!

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The ingredients are super simple.  You just need:

  • an earl grey tea bag (or two)
  • milk (any kind will work)
  • sugar (I used regular granulated, but you could substitute other sweeteners)
  • vanilla extract
  • lavender (optional, but highly recommended!)

DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) | gimmesomeoven.com

In addition to being wonderfully fragrant, the lavender is so beautiful!  I buy a bag from our neighborhood seed and spice store each year, and use it for everything from cooking, to flavoring water, to making little pouches to toss with clothes in the dryer, and now…tea!

DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) | gimmesomeoven.com

To make a london fog latte recipe, simply brew a cup of strong earl grey tea along with a pinch of lavender.  Then strain the tea, and combine it with some steamed milk, and stir in your desired amount of sweetener and a dash of vanilla.  And a warm, comforting, delicious London Fog drink is yours to enjoy.

DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) | gimmesomeoven.com

Trust me, I think you will love this one.  :)London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) | gimmesomeoven.com

London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

This London Fog tea latte recipe is so simple to make homemade, and it is full of rich, comforting flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) strongly-brewed earl grey tea, brewed with 1/2 tsp. dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) steamed milk* (any kind)
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar**, or more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Brew earl grey tea and lavender together, and steep for 3 minutes (or according to tea instructions).  Remove tea bag and strain out the lavender.  Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.  Serve warm.

*If you -- like me -- do not have a milk steamer, you can just heat the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it is simmering but not boiling. (Very important - do not let the milk boil!)

**You can use any kind of sweetener for this tea

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. The Girl in Stripes — December 11, 2014 @ 10:02 pm (#)

    Lovely post! Can I repost this on my blog? Just had my first London Fog ever and wanted to share with my readers!

  2. Tammy L. Oregon — December 21, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    I saw this on pinterest and had to give it a try.  I am trying to learn the art of making a proper cup of tea.  I have learned I was using too hot of water and most likely is the reason I did not enjoy black or green tea due to bitterness.  While out and about yesterday, I had a London fog made for me.  Oh my!  Wonderful.  I am now sitting in my house with some LF I made for myself.  Yum.  It needs tweaking(due to my tea skills)  but will work on it.  I even bought the lavender and it is a nice addition.  I am also looking forward to trying the lavender cheesecake.  I did not care for using coconut milk to make the LF so I corrected the flavor with some warmed 1/2 1/2.  It did the trick.

  3. Michelle — February 23, 2015 @ 9:48 pm (#)

    Definitely trying this! I am going to try it with unsweetened almond milk! Thanks for the post :)

  4. Rhiannon — March 6, 2015 @ 9:03 pm (#)

    Omg this is absolutely soooo good! I make it every night before I go to sleep! The lavender is a perfect touch, I also recommend mixing in a dash if netmeg. Absolutely genius! 

    • Ali — March 6th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

      Thanks Rhiannon, I’m so glad you like it!

  5. jessica — March 11, 2015 @ 12:21 am (#)

    If you use the Tazo, earl grey tea, it already has lavender in the tea bags. This is actually the best breakfast drink, I could drink this every morning!

  6. jessica — March 11, 2015 @ 12:22 am (#)

    If you use the Tazo, earl grey tea, it already has lavender in the tea bags. This is actually the best breakfast drink, I could drink this every morning!

  7. Tabby — March 20, 2015 @ 8:23 pm (#)

    Alright so I’m DESPERATELY trying to quit drinking coffee. I used to be an avid tea drinker but when college finals start rolling around, I just can’t help myself and go straight back to the highly caffeinated nonsense. As soon as I came across this recipe, I almost immediately went out and bought what was needed (mainly the earl gray tea, which I’ve never had before). It’s pretty darn good! Perfect for a rainy day or a late night studying!

    • Ali — March 21st, 2015 @ 10:55 am

      Thank you Tabby, I’m happy to hear that! I find it super comforting as well, definitely my favorite rainy day drink. : )

  8. Julie — April 8, 2015 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    Starbucks Early Grey has “A bright blend of black teas and fragrant bergamot oil and lavender.”

  9. Leigh — June 14, 2015 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    Finally made this tonight after finding it on Pinterest about a month ago. This is a game changer! So Delish! The vanilla also really adds something to the mix! I am in LOVE! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

      Thanks, Leigh, we’re so glad you like this! : )

  10. Jenny — June 20, 2015 @ 10:25 am (#)

    Never tried it with lavender! Will give this a try tomorrow morning :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25th, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

      We hope you like it, Jenny!

  11. SamanthaB — July 29, 2015 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    This was delicious. I used 2 twinings tea bags, honey to sweeten and it was fantastic. The vanilla was a really nice touch, very tasty :) 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 30th, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

      Thanks Samantha, we’re so happy you liked it!

  12. sierra — September 22, 2015 @ 11:17 pm (#)

    I recognized that the brand of tea in the picture is Stash, and I have a suggestion. Use stash’s breakfast in paris tea. Its like earl grey, but with lavender already in it, I will definitely try this, and I will be using my breakfast in paris tea

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 23rd, 2015 @ 7:14 am

      Oooh thanks for your suggestion Sierra, we will give that a try! :)

  13. Love and Grace — October 29, 2015 @ 8:35 am (#)

    As a person with a chronic illness, living with pain every day, life comes down to “the little things.”  A cup of fragrant, delicious sippy tea is one of those.  After I use all my current obsession tea bags, pukka “love” which is organic rose, chamomile & lavender, I’ll have to try your lovely tea!  I make have to utilize some of the shortcuts by finding teas with lavender already in them.  Before all my “love” bags are gone though……..I may just have to make my own “Flower Garden Latte.”  : )   Thank you for this beautiful post and suggestion Miss Ladybug!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 30th, 2015 @ 10:29 am

      We’re so sorry to hear you’re dealing with a chronic illness dear! But we hope you’ll love this recipe, and that it will help brighten your day!

  14. Syd Salmon — January 25, 2016 @ 9:43 am (#)

    I’m a huge London Fog Tea Latte fan. Looking for new ideas to tweak my recipe, I stumbled upon this trove. Your photography looks delicious.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 25th, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

      Thank you Syd, we hope you enjoy this recipe! :)

  15. Jen — February 4, 2016 @ 9:07 pm (#)

    An easy way to froth your milk is to heat it in a mason jar, then put the lid on it and shake it up. Not as much froth as from a real steamer, but it’s something!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 4th, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

      That’s a great tip Jen — thanks for sharing with us! :)

  16. Kristi — February 17, 2016 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    Have you tried the Breakfast in Paris from stash? I love that and warmed milk and honey. Makes me so happy :)

  17. Cracote — February 24, 2016 @ 2:30 am (#)

    I work in a coffee shop and actually you don’t need to add sugar. You just add 1 or 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and it should be enough. 
    London fogs are my favourite!! 

  18. Susan — March 15, 2016 @ 9:52 am (#)

    This is seriously mu favorite way to drink tea. I usually do not add sweetener but when I do I add honey, and it is so good! I don’t drink alcohol, but a friend said this is really good with rum on a cold, wintry day.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 15th, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that Susan — thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Jen — March 25, 2016 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    This is my most favorite drink but the $4+ pricetag at the coffeeshop makes me wince.  I never mastered the homemade version…till now!   Thank you!   I made this as I was rushing out the door yesterday and it totally made the snowy KC morning commute so much better!  I stopped off and bought some lavender last night so I can try that addition.  Another fab recipe, Ali!    

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 27th, 2016 @ 8:55 am

      Thanks for sharing Jen — we’re so glad you enjoyed making this! :D

  20. Elizabeth — May 10, 2016 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    Hello, I can’t wait to try this. It looks delish! However, I was wondering if you could substitute lavender essential oil in place of the herb itself? I use a very high quality essential oil that can be ingested.
    Thanks! Elizabeth

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 15th, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

      Hi Elizabeth! Hmmm, we haven’t tried this with culinary lavender oil, so we’re really not sure. Our concern is that it might be too strong though? You could certainly give it a try — if you do, definitely let us know how it turns out! :)

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