I have been a tea drinker my entire life. Part of being Slavic is that we always have a huge collection of teas in our homes. Late night chats must include some sweets and a good cup of hot tea!
My favorite growing up has always been Hot tea with a splash of milk! We always called it milk tea, until I learned that it was really called London Fog. Fancy, huh?? I guess I've been introduced to London Fog, long before I knew such a thing existed!
Traditionally though, London Fogs are made by combining sweetened earl grey tea with some steamed milk and a splash of maple syrup. So simple! I ventured out and decided to make the traditional London Fog. And boy...was I in love! If you want to take it up a notch, a lot of tea and coffee shops, add in their secret ingredient - Lavender!
Lavender brings out such a comforting and calming atmosphere, even when you put some in your tea! Why pay $4 for comfort at Starbucks and any tea shop, when you can make one right at home. It's so easy, and quite possibly much healthier than any bought drink!
London Fog Ingredients
- Hot Water
- Earl Bag Tea Bag
- Oat Milk, or any milk
- Maple Syrup
How To Make London Fog
- Make the Tea. Place your tea bag in your favorite mug, and pour about 1 to 2 cups of hot boiling water. Steep about 5 to 8 minutes, or according to the instructions on the tea bag. (Every tea steeping instructions are different). You want your tea to be very dark.
- Heat or Froth your milk. We have an electric frother that heats and froths up the milk. Or if you don't have an electric frother, then use a hand held frother. They all work relatively the same! I highly recommend you get one a frother, if you don't have one! But if frothing is not an option, no worries! Simply heat your milk in the microwave or saucepan, and you'll have very steamy and hot milk!
- Assemble the London Fog. In the mug where you already have your tea, add in 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup, and slowly pour in your steamed/frothy milk. You can garnish with earl grey dry tea leaves. (Open up a dry tea bag, and sprinkle some of those dry tea leaves on top of the London Fog. You can also garnish with lavender flowers as well.
Tips For The Best London Fog
- Using Vegan Milk. Frothing milk alternatives may not leave you with good frothing results, since most vegan milks aren't thick and creamy. I find that using vegan creamers, work much better than vegan milks, like oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, etc.
- Top with Whipped Cream or Coconut Cream. If you're not too happy with the froth results, you can always add some yummy whipped cream on top! It makes the drink extra indulgent.
- Extra Tea Bags. I love using at least two tea bags when steeping my milk. It make the flavor much stronger and more aromatic.
- Leftover Coffee - French Press Warning. If you have a Nespresso machine, you can totally use the French press to froth up your milk. Be sure to wash it out well first to remove any lingering coffee flavor and grounds.
- Cookies. Always a great tea option. Love having mine with a big plate of Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. They have a beautiful texture, and the chocolate and coconut contrast perfectly with the bright and airy London Fog.
- Cake. I believe that's why they call it Tea Cakes in England. Correct me if I'm wrong! Try this Russian Spartak Cake. Though a little time consuming to make, its just the perfect cake that adds some color and light to a dreary day.
- Donuts. I must recommend these amazing Eggless Chocolate Donuts to you. Doesn't require eggs and believe me when I tell you, they are definitely much better than Krispy Kreme.
- Sandwiches. If you're a savory kind of person, then I recommend a simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or any sandwich you craving. It can be a snack, or even a light lunch. Perfect for tea or tea lattes!
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