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London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

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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!

DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) |

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) |

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) |

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.

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London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving (about 12 ounces) 1x


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


  • 1 cup (8 oz.) strongly-brewed earl grey tea, brewed with 1/2 teaspoon 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, store-bought or homemade


  1. 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

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146 comments on “London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)”

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  1. I adore London Fogs, but the addition of lavender totally takes this over the top. Making tonight!

  2. I used to make these for myself all the time when I worked at a coffee shop. SO GOOD. Love this easy homemade version!

  3. How does one steam milk without a fancy latte machine?

  4. Ali, I just love the sound of this with a hint of lavender – I’ve never heard of London Fog Tea Latte, but I am going to have to hunt some lavender down to try this!

  5. Hey! I’ve never heard of London Fog Tea Latte, but it sounds delicious!
    I actually think I’m going to go out and buy the ingredients tomorrow :) but, I don’t know where to buy lavender where I live…could I use brew lavender tea and mix it in? And also, vanilla extract is hard to find too…if I could get my hands on vanilla syrup or something, would that also work? :)

  6. Starbucks Tazo Earl Grey Full Leaf Tea has lavender included in the tea bags if someone wants to save a step.

  7. from a fellow tea lover, adding lavender to tea sounds just wonderful. Love that picture,very inviting.

  8. I love this idea! I am a huge tea drinker as well and can’t wait to try it. Have you tried it using vanilla almond milk? I am lactose intolerant and was curious if it would be just as good. I bet so!

  9. I love a good earl grey latte! And you just made it even better! :)

  10. I made this tea n its amazingly gooooooooooood. Very comforting. I used decaf earl grey as that is what I had. N drank it at night time. Yummy way to help go to sleep. Diffely gonna keep this one on hand. Thanks for sharing. As I did with a friend. N know its her favorite. Lisa

  11. This sounds like a great way to try some tea. I gave up coffee about 6 months ago and haven’t found anything that makes me want to drink something warm every morning. This recipe I’m going to have to try.

  12. My oldest daughter just started drinking tea…I need to make her one of these. Looks cozy ;)

  13. So, I’ve been enjoying Revolution brand Earl grey lavender blend for several years now (soooo good, but I can’t imagine it’s too different from what you’ve created yourself) but I’ve never heard of a London Fog tea latte! Where has this been all of my life?

    As soon as I finish the hibiscus tea that I literally just brewed, I’m getting right back into the kitchen to make one of these. So glad I saw this on pinterest! Thanks. :-)

  14. I am utterly shocked. I did not know about this drink !! And it looks exactly like my kinda drink, so thank you for introducing it to me ;)

  15. This sounds divine. Thanks for the wake up call with posting the 25 cent price tag… seems worth the investment in lavender or finding Earl Grey with Lavender tea bags! Thanks for the beautiful and inspiring post!

  16. What a lovely idea to add lavender to tea – gorgeous touch!

  17. I have Earl Grey tea! This is happening tomorrow!

  18. This recipe is so tasty! I admit that I altered it a bit due to immediate need and laziness. I used Lady Grey tea because I already had it and didn’t want to go to the store to pick up some lavender. I also used warmed up sweetened condense milk (again due to laziness). So tasty! Thank you for sharing.

  19. I can’t wait to try this, it looks wonderful!

  20. I just made this… It is delish! Thank you!

  21. I love London Fogs, but have never thought to try making them at home. Great idea!

  22. I live in Kansas City too so I know this tea latte! I can’t wait to make this at home! Thank you!

  23. Thanks to my roommate my freshman year in college, I put a dab of milk and some sugar in my hot tea all the time. But this…oh, goodness. I took one sip and a prayer of thanksgiving immediately slipped from my lips. This is bliss.

  24. Want to try this recipe so much! Why is boiling the milk forbidden?

  25. Made this. Waaaaay delicious. Had a few at a local coffee shop in KS and loved them. Tried one here in Indiana and they make it way to sweet! This was perfect! Decided to whisk the milk (half whole milk, half cream) while heating to make it nice and frothy. Definitely a win :) thank you!!

  26. I have had 3 of these in the past 24 hours. mmmmm. thanks!

    will soon post photos of my latest one and link back from my blog!

  27. I make these all the time, they’re my favorite treat to relax with in the evening, but I cut out a step and use Lavender Earl Grey. link to buy Lavender earl grey.

  28. Thank you for sharing this. I love tea so much, this for sure will be an all time favorite of mines :-)

  29. I love this truthfully I am addicted to it I drink it everyday 2-3 mugs. I need to find some decaf for the 3 cup of the day.

  30. I tried this and it was heaven!!! Since I ran out of Earl Grey tea, can I substitute it with English Breakfast??

    • Hey Michelle!

      Sure, you can substitute English breakfast. It just won’t have quite the same flavor, but it’s still a tea latte. :)


  31. I just steep the tea bags right in the heated milk for 3-5 minutes. Super easy. Lazy American tea. In India, they stir the milk and heat it carefully until it caramelizes, but I just don’t have the patience for that.

  32. I actually have “Earl Grey with Lavender” tea, so that will be perfect for this recipe! Thanks!

    • There is a ready-made tea called ‘Breakfast in Paris’ by Stash that is an Earl Grey with both lavender and vanilla.

  33. Oh.My.Goodness!! Last night I made the London Fog Tea Latte (w/out lavender). I am in love!! Having another cup tonight. Looking forward to trying it with the lavender. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  34. I will be trying my hand at making your London Fog this weekend! Earl Grey is my absolute favorite tea, & I adore lavender. Heavenly combination. 

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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! 

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

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

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

  43. 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! 

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

  45. 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 :) 

  46. 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

  47. 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!

    • 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

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