It is brrrr cold in the townhouse today and if it’s cold where you live too, I’m going to show you how to make a London Fog Latte at home! I’m definitely staying indoors and grateful to be warming up with this delicious London Fog, also known as a Tea Latte, because I really don’t want to have to shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the car, and bundle up in my parka just to hit up the Starbucks.
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 the new year. Anyone else feel behind in their work after the holidays? I wish elves had continued to chip away at it while I was slacking, haha.
Ingredients (for one London Fog):
- 1 cup of soy (or milk, if you prefer)
- A smidge of vanilla extract (have any left from my DIY room fragrance recipe?)
- 1 tablespoon of loose leaf cream earl grey or plain earl grey tea
- Pinch of sugar (unless your soy/milk is already sweetened)
Supplies for Making a London Fog at Home:
- Large spouted microwave safe pitcher (I use a Pyrex multi-cup measure)
Tea ball or paper tea filters (I prefer the latter)
- Milk frother (mine was $9.99 from a local shop)
How to Make an Easy Tea Latte:
1. Heat the soy or milk for 1-2 minutes (microwaves vary)
2. Steep the tea in the heated 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)
6. Pour the latte into your mug, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy
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”. UPDATE: in recent years I switched from soy to Almond Milk but, for this London Fog Tea Latte recipe, please feel free to use soy, Almond, dairy – whatever you prefer!
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. In this case, I think loose leaf tea makes the at-home London Fog taste even better than what you can buy in a coffee shop. 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!