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London Fog Latte (Hot or Iced)

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This cozy London Fog Latte recipe is easy to make hot or iced and brewed with a lovely hint of lavender.

London Fog Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

Once upon a time, this was the very first latte recipe I ever posted here on Gimme Some Oven. And now — over a decade and countless lattes later — it continues to be one of my absolute favorites. ♡

If you happen to be new to London Fog lattes, there’s actually zero coffee involved here. Rather, this is a simple tea latte brewed with classic earl grey, your choice of milk, a hint of vanilla extract to warm things up, and a drizzle of honey to sweeten. The version that I originally fell in love over a decade ago at Latte Land in Kansas City was also brewed with a subtle hint of lavender, whose flavor I’ve come to adore in this latte and am going to insist that you try here. It plays beautifully with the bergamot orange in the earl grey and the floral notes of the honey and, in my opinion, really elevates this drink to something extra-special. I’ve probably brewed hundreds of these lattes over the years, and always joke with friends that it’s my hug in a mug. Sooo cozy and comforting!

That said, as much as I adore a good hot London Fog, I’ve come to also really enjoy serving this latte over ice in the warmer months, so I thought I would update this recipe today to include both versions. This latte is also easy to make vegan with whatever dairy-free plain milk you most prefer. And if you happen to be avoiding caffeine, there are some lovely decaf earl grey teas on the market nowadays that will work perfectly in this recipe too.

Alright, let’s make some lattes!

London Fog Latte Ingredients

London Fog Ingredients

Before we get to the full London Fog latte recipe below, here are a few notes about the ingredients you will need:

  • Earl grey tea: Earl grey tea blends can vary fairly significantly from brand to brand, so please choose whichever you love best. If you would like to make this a decaf latte, there are now some lovely decaf earl grey options on the market too.
  • Dried lavender: As always when cooking with lavender, be sure to purchase culinary-grade dried lavender. (Not all of the 47 species of lavender flowers are safe to be used in cooking.¹) I adore the subtle floral hint that a half teaspoon adds to this latte, but feel free to experiment with the amount and use however much you prefer or omit the lavender entirely if it’s not your thing.
  • Honey: Usually I list a bunch of different sweetener options for warm drinks, but I’m really going to recommend you try honey in this particular recipe! It’s floral flavor pairs so perfectly with the earl grey and lavender, and you’re of course welcome to add however much you prefer to taste. (That said, maple syrup, cane sugar, or any other sweetener will work just fine too.)
  • Vanilla extract: A tiny hint of pure vanilla extract brings out the best of the earl grey and makes the drink extra cozy.
  • Plain milk: And finally, you’re welcome to choose whatever dairy- or non-dairy plain milk you prefer as the “latte” (milk) for this drink. I’m partial to a good creamy oat milk right now, but the options here are open.

Brewing a hot London Fog Latte Hot Earl Grey Latte in Mug

How To Make A London Fog Latte

To make a hot London Fog latte, simply…

  1. Brew the tea. Combine the water, tea bags and lavender in a heat-safe measuring cup and stir briefly to combine. Steep the tea for 3 minutes.
  2. Froth the milk. While the tea is steeping, use a milk frother (or a French press or a whisk) to froth the milk.
  3. Strain. Add the honey and vanilla extract to your serving mug. Strain the hot tea into the mug, discarding the leftover tea bags and lavender. Stir the tea until the sweetener is dissolved. 
  4. Add milk. Add the frothed milk to the tea and stir briefly to combine.
  5. Serve. Serve warm, garnished with extra dried lavender buds if desired, and enjoy!

Brewing an Iced London Fog Latte

Iced London Fog Latte

How To Make An Iced London Fog Latte

To make an iced London Fog latte, simply…

  1. Brew the tea. Combine the water, tea bags and lavender in a heat-safe measuring cup and stir briefly to combine. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. 
  2. Strain and chill. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain out and discard the lavender and tea bags. Add the sweetener and vanilla and stir until dissolved. Transfer the tea to the freezer and chill for 10 minutes.
  3. Add milk. Fill a large glass full of ice. Add the tea, followed by the chilled milk, and briefly stir to combine.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately, garnished with extra dried lavender buds if desired, and enjoy!

Holding a mug of London Fog Latte

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London Fog Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

London Fog Latte (Hot or Iced)

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

Description

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


Ingredients

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Instructions

How To Make A Hot Latte:

  1. Brew the tea. Combine the water, tea bags and lavender in a heat-safe measuring cup and stir briefly to combine. Steep the tea for 3 minutes.
  2. Froth the milk. While the tea is steeping, use a milk frother (or see alternate methods below) to froth the hot milk.
  3. Strain. Add the sweetener and vanilla extract to your serving mug. Strain the hot tea into the mug, discarding the leftover tea bags and lavender. Stir the tea until the sweetener is dissolved. 
  4. Add milk. Add the frothed milk to the tea and stir briefly to combine.
  5. Serve. Serve warm, garnished with extra dried lavender buds if desired, and enjoy!

How To Make An Iced Latte:

  1. Brew the tea. Combine the water, tea bags and lavender in a heat-safe measuring cup and stir briefly to combine. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. 
  2. Strain and chill. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain out and discard the lavender and tea bags. Add the sweetener and vanilla and stir until dissolved. Transfer the tea to the freezer and chill for 10 minutes.
  3. Add milk. Fill a large glass full of ice. Add the tea, followed by the chilled milk, and briefly stir to combine.
  4. Serve. Serve immediately, garnished with extra dried lavender buds if desired, and enjoy!


Notes

Alternate ways to froth milk: If you do not own a milk frother, you can also froth warm milk in a French press by making short, quick plunges. Or alternately, you can froth the milk briefly by hand with a whisk.

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152 comments on “London Fog Latte (Hot or Iced)”

  1. I used sweet earl grey without the lavender but everything else the same..it was soo good! Highly recommended for sure! I’ve had 2 London fogs today already!

  2. absolutely fantastic!!

  3. What about using lavender simple syrup as your sweetener?

  4. Doubled the ingredients n one cup and amped up the intensity…amazing!

  5. I buy Victorian London Fog tea or Tevana double bergamot creme vanilla lavender blend tea. I use 2 tea bags.
    Then I take a huge mug add 1/2 shot Torani Vanilla syrup
    1/2 cup 2%, splash of 1/2 & half. Steam 45-55 seconds in micro and froth or steam with traditional method. Add hot frothed cream/vanilla. It’s so comforting on a cold damp day. It also has a lot of caffeine, about the same as a cup of strong coffee!

  6. Brilliant! I love the addition of lavendar, absolutley marvellous. Thanks so much!

  7. This is wonderful, thank you💕

  8. You could actually make lavender simple syrup to sweeten and flavour your tea.
    This would make the lavender sensation pop and sweeten the tea as needed.

  9. I have to know what coffee shop in Kansas City it was! I live in Kansas City and would love to try theirs!!

    • This is an old post, but The Roasterie is the coffee shop you’re looking for. That’s where I first had a London fog, and I was SO excited to find this recipe!

  10. Not sure how I’ve made it to middle age without trying Earl Grey tea but this is wonderful! I used honey and whole milk with double bergamot Earl Grey tea. Delicious!

  11. Thank you for your recipe. I used Stash’s BREAKFAST IN PARIS which has lavender and vanilla in it already. Have a beautiful day!

  12. I used Ahista Tea’s Cream of Earl Grey – it turned out AMAZING!

  13. Amazing recipe. There are only two places I have found near Seattle to also get amazing London Fogs; Choux bakery on Grand in Everett, WA and Shoreline College at their morning coffee place on campus. Yum to both.

  14. I love this recipe 💕 Twinings Lady Grey Earl Grey tea also has lavender in it which makes it easy!

  15. Oh, how I miss Latte Land and a half sweet Caramella!! I did just get an excellent London Fog yesterday at Parkville Coffee, and I look forward to trying this version!

  16. Have you made a London Fog using green tea?
    I’m not a big Earl Grey drinker.

  17. Delicious! Even with decaf Earl Grey cause my cupboard was empty of regular! Thanks for recipe 🍵

  18. this is delicious. I think it would be the cosiest winter beverage. I used only a teaspoon of honey which added not too much sweetness and a nice flavour. Thanks for the recipe