A London What? (Pssst…It’s a tea latte)


I didn’t know what a London Fog was until a couple of weeks ago.  I was watching a YouTube video called Pure Living For Life.  Alissa and Jesse were raving about this drink that was the new craze, but didn’t explain what it was.  Go figure.  I gathered it was a tea drink since I saw a tea bag sticking out of the cup.  Now my curiosity was peaked and I needed to do a google search.

Here is what I found out.  This drink is basically comprised of three ingredients: tea, milk, and vanilla.  The key component to a London Fog is Earl Grey tea.  You add steamed milk and vanilla. Voila!….an Earl Grey Tea Latte. There were also copious variations of this tea drink which I will post at the end.

I was curious about how many others knew about this tantalizing drink so I posted a poll on Twitter.  Only nine people responded, but of the nine it was clear that hardly anyone knew what a London Fog was.


Now I needed to recreate this drink.  I had all the ingredients, even vanilla syrup.  Now I just needed to boil some water, steep the tea, and steam some milk.

It took a couple of tries to get the vanilla syrup ration down, but after I perfected it, oh boy!  Yum Yummy!


London Fog Recipe (Wendy’s Version)

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 6 oz (about) boiling water
  • 1/4 cup steamed milk
  • 1 tsp-1 tbsp vanilla syrup


  • Fill your mug with the tea bag about 2/3 full with boiled water.
  • Let the tea steep about 5 minutes.
  • Steam the milk,  I put it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add to tea.
  • Add vanilla syrup to your liking.
  • Remove tea bag or keep it in for a stronger flavor.
  • Give your drink a stir.
  • Sit down with a good book or scroll through your Twitter feed.
  • Enjoy!


Other Variations! (From Wiikibooks)

  • Manchester Fog – steamed soy milk with a sugar free vanilla syrup in Earl Grey tea.
  • Seattle Fog – soy misto (½ water, ½ soy, steamed) with 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and one pump of hazelnut syrup, in 2 bags of Earl Grey Tea.
  • Oregon Mist – The same as London Fog, substituting Green tea and amaretto for Earl Grey and vanilla. Popularized by the Glenwood restaurants in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Dublin Fog – The same as London Fog, only replacing Earl Grey with Irish Breakfast Tea
  • Bangalore Fog – The same as London Fog, only replacing Earl Grey with Chai (created by Kavya Raman at Roosters Coffeehouse, Carleton University, Ottawa ON). Also known as a Bombay Fog (coined in Concordia-Loyola’s Second Cup, Montreal, QC).
  • Atlantic City Fog – The same as London Fog, only replacing Earl Grey with Rose Tea. (Created by Alexis V. Juneau at MCB Quantico, Quantico, Virginia)
  • Winter Fog – A London Fog in which the amount of vanilla is reduced and clover honey is added to taste.
  • Maui Fog – The same as London Fog, only substituting coconut for vanilla syrup.
  • Starbucks Earl Grey Latte is a version of London Fog.
  • Tokyo Fog – The same as London Fog, only substituting Matcha-based Green Tea for Earl Grey.
  • Cape Town Fog – The same as London Fog, only replacing Earl Grey with Rooibos Tea
  • Durban Fog – A cross between a Cape Town Fog and a Bangalore Fog, basically the same as a London Fog, but replacing Earl Grey with Rooibos Tea and adding a pinch of tea masala.
  • Nanaimo Mist – Variation on the London Fog, using almond syrup rather than vanilla. Accredited to Ravenna.
  • Victoria Fog – The same as a London Fog, substituting lavender scented tea for Earl Grey.
  • Fog on the Tyne – Variation on the London Fog. (Started in a Newcastle office when the Breakfast Tea had ran out) a cup of hot milk, heaped spoonful of sugar, drop in an Earl Grey tea bag and let it diffuse directly into the milk for 30-60 seconds.
  • Oxford Haze – substitute English Breakfast and Hazelnut syrup – first served at Shatterbox Coffee Bar in Victoria, BC in January 2013
  • Montreal Fog – A London Fog that uses Yerba Mate instead of Earl Grey. Both vanilla and hazelnut syrup are added.
  • London Smog – A regular London Fog with the addition of a shot of espresso.
  • Mexican Fog – Same as a London Fog, substituting agave syrup for vanilla syrup.
  • Halifax Fog – Same as a London Fog, substituting Nova Scotian maple syrup for vanilla syrup.
  • Savannah Fog – Same as a London Fog, substituting lavender syrup for vanilla syrup.

I hope you try this drink.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised as I was.  Try a different version and let me know how you liked it in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

xoxo  Wendy


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