If you've never had a London Fog, the name probably conjures a dreary, gray-colored drink with no personality to it. That's definitely not the case.
The drink is named a "London Fog" because if you drink it on icky, cold, rainy days (like the ones famous in London), it's supposed to improve your mood with its warmth, creaminess, and slight bergamot and vanilla flavors. It can best described as drinking a hot, tea-flavored marshmallow -- it sounds weird, but the next time it's cold outside, you'll be glad you have this comforting tea recipe in your arsenal.
The best part? A London Fog goes really well with chocolate, cakes, and pastries, so you have an excuse to treat yourself the next time it's nasty outside.
How to Make a London Fog
- H.C. Valentine Earl Grey La Creme loose leaf tea
- Boiling water
- 1/2 cup milk
- Vanilla syrup or vanilla extract
- Sugar to taste
1. Make the tea. Our H.C. Valentine Earl Grey La Creme loose leaf tea is perfect because of its citrusy, bergamot notes. To brew, steep the tea for five minutes in a half cup of hot water. Then strain the tea leaves out.
2. While you're waiting for the tea to steep, set a small saucepan of milk (if you're avoiding dairy, you can also use almond or coconut milk) on the stove over medium heat. Don't allow it to boil. Whisk the milk for about five minutes, until it's hot and frothy (like fog!). Add the milk to the brewed tea.
3. Add vanilla. You can use a pump or two of vanilla syrup, but if you're trying to avoid sugar, good-quality vanilla extract is great too.
4. Serve hot and enjoy!