A little sweet and totally cozy, this London fog drink is simple to make at home. Featuring Earl Grey tea, your favorite kind of steamed milk, and a touch of sweetener, this homemade latte rivals one you’d buy at a coffee shop!
Now that the leaves are starting to turn and autumn is in the air, we’re craving all the warm drinks, including this delightfully cozy London fog drink! A traditional London fog latte is made with earl grey tea, steamed milk, and a little sweetness. Today’s variation is served hot, but we also have an iced London fog latte recipe.
Use your favorite kind of earl grey tea, milk, and sweetener of choice to whip up this coffee shop-worthy drink at home! Simply steep tea with hot water and a little sugar and top it off with steamed milk. We tested this recipe with dairy and non-dairy milk and both versions were delicious. Our favorite latte was made with oat milk – it added the perfect amount of hearty, sweet flavor!
What is in a London fog drink?
While this drink sounds fancy, London fog lattes are incredibly simple to make with only 4 ingredients. You’ll need:
- Earl Grey Tea
- Hot Water
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London Fog Drink Variations
Serve it Iced: Instead of serving this London fog drink hot, chill the earl grey tea and serve it over ice with cold milk. Here’s our recipe for an iced London fog latte.
Sweetener: Replace the granulated sugar with maple syrup, honey, or simple syrup. For a burst of flavor, use a vanilla or lavender simple syrup.
Make it Dirty: For a more intense flavor, add a shot of espresso along with the milk in step 4.
Is there caffeine in a London fog drink?
Yes. There is caffeine in earl grey tea which is the base of this drink.
Do you need a milk steamer for this drink?
A milk steamer makes these drinks so easy to make! If you don’t have a milk steamer, steam the milk in a small saucepan over the stovetop instead.
What is a dirty London fog?
A “dirty” London fog is made with a shot of espresso which adds a more intense flavor. If you’d like to make this recipe dirty, add a shot of espresso along with the milk in step 4.
For best taste, enjoy this London fog drink immediately after making it. We don’t recommend making these lattes ahead of time to enjoy later.
Serve a crowd
Here’s how to make a batch that serves 6:
Place 6 earl grey tea bags and 2 tablespoons of sweetener into a large jar. Pour in 3 cups of hot water. Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags and pour evenly into 6 mugs.
Steam 3 cups of milk in batches in a milk steamer or all at once in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Top each mug with steamed milk and enjoy!
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London Fog Drink Recipe
- 1 earl grey tea bag
- 1/2 cup hot water about 150ºF
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar* or to taste
- 1/2 cup milk any kind
- Place the tea bag in a bowl or mug. Add the hot water and sugar.
- Allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes depending on how strong you like your latte. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- While the tea steeps, use a milk steamer to steam your milk of choice.
- If your tea isn't in a mug already, transfer it to a mug. Top with the steamed milk. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes
- Sweetener: Feel free to replace the granulated sugar with maple syrup instead.
- Large Batch (serves 6): Place 6 earl grey tea bags and 2 tablespoons of sweetener into a large jar. Pour in 3 cups of hot water. Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags and pour evenly into 6 mugs. Steam 3 cups of milk in batches in a milk steamer or all at once in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Top each mug with steamed milk and enjoy!
- Nutrition Information: Calculated with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and unsweetened almond milk.