london fog

Today’s tea is: London Fogs! For those of you who don’t know, a London Fog is a Vanilla Earl Grey Latte commonly found at coffee shops and tea stores. Earl Grey tea is a black tea with a lot of caffeine, so I always find these lattes to be a great way to start my morning or to give me a pick me up after school.

Now how do you make it? In cafes they usually use a vanilla flavor syrup, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you are missing that minor ingredient from your home. But do not fear! Vanilla extract works just as well! Here’s the recipe I use:

1. Bring a pot of water to a small boil. If you are using a tea pot, wait until you can just begin to hear the boiling, but don’t wait until it’s loud and the pot starts whistling. You don’t want to over boil, as it will make your tea bitter.

2. Take a tea package if your favorite Earl Grey (I use Tazo Earl Grey!) and steep the tea for 5-7 minutes. This is a lot for an Black tea, but you want the flavor to be strong. **you can also add lavender into the tea as it steeps, but make sure to strain it out!!

3. While it’s steeping, warm about a half a cup of your favorite milk or milk substitute (I like Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk) on the stovetop, keeping it at medium heat and stirring often. You want it to be steamy, not boiling. **you can also use the microwave, but the mug will be hot. Let it go for 30 second intervals, stirring between each time. This stirring prevents yucky scum from building on the surface.

4. Take out the tea bag after the 5-7 minutes, and carefully pour in the steamed milk.

5. Add 1 - 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract. Stir.

And there you have it! One delicious London Fog!!