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January 18, 2012

How to Make a London Fog Latte at Home

I am going to start adding a few recipes here and there for Dinner, Dessert & Drinks Dans le Townhouse.  Some will be recipes we've tested and others will be ones we've created, but all of them will be tasty and easy-peasy because Hubby & I don't tend to linger in the kitchen.  When we want food (or dessert, yum), we want it now.

Sound good?

It is brrrr cold in the townhouse today so I'm warming up with a London Fog, also known as a Tea Latte.  I am hoping this warm, slightly caffeinated drink will pep me up because I need to be mighty productive today.  I have felt two steps behind since we rang in 2012.  Anyone else feel behind in their work?

Make a tea latte at home
Well, let me help distract you.  Want to make one of these foamy concoctions for yourself? 

Ingredients (per latte):

1. 1 cup of soy (or milk, if you prefer)
2. A smidge of vanilla extract (have any left from my DIY room fragrance recipe?)
3. 1 tablespoon of loose leaf cream earl grey or plain earl grey tea
4. Pinch of sugar (unless your soy/milk is already sweetened)

Why loose leaf tea is better


5. Large spouted microwave safe pitcher (I use a Pyrex multi-cup measure
6. Tea ball or paper tea filters (I prefer the latter)
7. Microwave
8. Milk frother (mine was $9.99 from a local shop)

How to make a London Fog latte at home

How to Make an Easy Latte:

1. Heat the soy or milk for 1-2 minutes (microwaves vary)
2. Steep the tea in the soy for approximately 2-3 minutes
3. Squeeze the tea bag with a spoon to get every drop out
4. Add a pinch of sugar and a dash of vanilla
5. Froth milk for 30 seconds (your cup measure should be larger than your portion of soy because frothing is a bit messy)

How to froth milk

6. Pour the latte into your mug, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy

Tasty homemade london fog latte

A Note on Ingredients:

Why Do I Drink Soy?

I used to drink milk but stopped years ago because being diary-free alleviated my allergies.  But cheese is so delicious that I eventually got back on the dairy train.  Even though I started eating cheese and yogurt again, I found I couldn't drink milk anymore because, after years without it, it tasted too filmy.  Blech.  So I drink soy by choice.  I used to buy So Good but then I spotted Natur-a organic soy at Costco because the price was so fantastic.  It tastes great, especially in cereal, but needs a dash of sugar for drinks like this. I really like the fact that it is organic and can just be stored in the basement until it's opened which means we are never dashing to the store because we're out of soy.  We always have it "in stock". 

Loose Leaf Tea Seems Like a Hassle.

Years ago I worked in a tea shop and got hooked on loose leaf tea.  It takes a bit more fussing, but the tea tastes so phenomenal I think it's worth the effort.  Using a tea filter is much easier than a tea ball (which often lets tea leaves escape) and it has the added benefit of allowing you to pre-make a few bags at a time for transport or just ease-of-use.

If you haven't tried it, check out a local tea store - many offer small samples.  Loose leaf tea is often what coffee shops use and that's why their tea latte can taste so much better!


  1. Mmm I love tea. I had my first London Fog last year and it was delicious, but my absolute favourite is the soy chai latte from Starbucks. I've made them from home before with the Tazo chai syrup, but the froth I make at home always comes out better with real milk than with soy or almond milk.

    1. EJ, Their chai latte is yummy. Ages ago I bought the syrup too but have started using loose leaf chai tea for that latte as well. Different soy beverages froth differently - you might just need to find the right one.

  2. yummy yum yum! i think it looks delicious and i need to try it! can you come over and make me one?

  3. I'm really excited about seeing more posts like this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for stopping by JAX does design - great to "meet" another Ottawa design blogger :-)

    With the weather we've been having lately, I bet your drinking LOTS of tea lattes! I'm not a tea drinker, but this looks really good and I just may have to try it.

    I just checked out your DIY page - WOW, you've done a lot of awesome work! Love your paintings, and I'm still in awe that you painted a whole entire car! Looking forward to seeing more of your work and visiting le Townhouse regularly :-)

    1. Thanks Kelly! I'm always excited to follow another Ottawa blog to help keep me in the loop.

  5. Mmmmm... perfect for a blustery day like today, sounds delicious!

  6. Mmmm.... that does look good! Especially today!

  7. Thanks for stopping by today. Are you in Ottawa? Glad you found me, because now I found you...lovely blog, crazy stuff you do.

    1. Hi Giula, yep - I'm in Ottawa. Thanks for the compliment!

  8. Sounds delicious, I want to try it!

  9. We are having really cold weather in NC and this looks like the perfect cure...can't wait to try!!

  10. YUM! i love making my tea lattes at home too. your pictures are fantastic!!!


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