Making a London Fog

A tea drink known as the London Fog is well known in British Columbia, and parts of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a great drink for a cold day and can even be made decaf.

Things you’ll need to make a London Fog:

Earl Grey Tea
Vanilla Syrup
Steamed Milk

To make a London Fog brew a cup of Earl Grey Tea. One of the best Earl Grey teas is made by Twinings, who have the original recipe from 1800s.

First brew a cup of Earl Grey Tea. However, make sure to only brew about 1/3 of a cup.  We’re going for a kind of tea concentrate to add the steamed milk to. Brew the tea for three minutes. Any longer and the tea will be overly bitter.

Brewing a cup of Earl Grey Tea

Brewing a cup of Earl Grey Tea

While the tea brews the milk can be steamed. I use an espresso maker to steam the milk I use for my drinks. However, if you don’t have a way of steaming the milk it can be heated up gently on the stove.

Steaming milk

Steaming milk

Aim for a temperature of about 140F. Higher than that may result in the milk scorching.

Watching the temp of the milk as it steams

Watching the temp of the milk as it steams

Add about 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce of vanilla syrup into the milk while it is heating.

Almost time for a new bottle of vanilla syrup

Almost time for a new bottle of vanilla syrup

After the tea is brewed remove the tea bag and pour in the sweetened milk. Now you’ve made your very first London Fog.

A freshly made London Fog

A freshly made London Fog

Enjoy!

– Jason Snell

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