London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

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DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) |

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.

DIY London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte) |

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


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

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

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  3. 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.

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

  7. 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! 

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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. : )

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

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  15. 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! 

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

  17. 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 :) 

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  19. 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

  20. 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!

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  24. 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.

  25. 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!

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

  29. 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!! 

  30. 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.

  31. 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!    

  32. 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

    • 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! :)

  33. This was Delicious.

  34. I believe it have you have Lavender in it then it’s Paris Fog instead of London Fog. If use Irish Breakfast tea that it’s called Dublin fog

  35. Stash Tea recently came out with “Paris Breakfast” which is Earl Grey with Lavendar! SOO good!

  36. Just enjoying one now! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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  40. London Fog latte was invented in Victoria British Columbia about eight years ago. But became popular about four years ago when Starbucks added it to their menu. The original drink was made with coconut or almond milk which gives it a richer and creamier texture. I also find it requires less sugar when made this way. I haven’t tried it with lavender yet but I can’t wait to try it. 

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Debbie — we’ll definitely have to try it with coconut milk sometime — yummy! :)

  41. Can you please tell me the name of the coffee shop in Kansas City where you got this London Fog you mentioned? Would love to try that too. And thanks for the tips :)

  42. I just wanted to chime in. There is actually a tea blend Twinings makes called Lady Grey. It’s actually Earl Grey with lavender added. As a loose tea it is just beautiful. I’m not a big Earl Grey fan, but the Lady Grey is the perfect blend!

  43. This sounds wonderful!  I’m not a big fan of Earl Gray Tea. I’m going to try it with English Breakfast Tea. Has anyone tried it this way?  

    • Thanks, we hope you enjoy this and we bet it would be just as yummy with English Breakfast Tea! :)

  44. Lavender Early Grey looks so good!
    Actually the Organic DIY kit is available on Etsy.

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  46. I looooovveeee this, so good! I’ve never had tea with milk before, but now I think I’m going to put milk in everything! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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  48. so u mix all the tea 8oz and the 4oz of milk together.. yes..

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  50. Earl Grey tea with lavender is known as “Lady Grey” tea and is fantastic!