London fog

I discovered that Earl Grey tea with milk is called “London Fog” only a few months ago, when my friend Ania from Snowtoseas introduced it to me with that name. I’ve always been an appreciator of tea with milk, but never really delved into exploring the world of tea lattes much deeper. Apparently, I was missing out on a whole world of opportunities, London fog being one of them. After that moment, my tea with milk ritual got much more interesting.

london-fog-tea-latte-5London fog tea latte (serves 1):

  • 1 cup Earl Grey tea
  • 1 tbsp vanilla syrup
  • 50 ml whole milk

Boil the water and brew 1 cup of Earl Grey tea. Now, there are so many Earl Grey teas out there, so just choose your favourite brand. It can be from a teabag, or it can be loose leaf. I went for loose leaf, which I bought when I was in Poland at Christmas. (I wrote a post about some awesome things I got to eat while in Krakow, you should really check it out.)london-fog-tea-latte-2Next, add 1 tbsp of vanilla syrup to your cup and stir it in to properly dissolve it in the tea. This is very important because the vanilla syrup will have the double duty of sweetening the tea and giving the Earl Grey this extra vanilla flavour. Delicious.london fog tea latteLastly, foam the milk and gently pour it over the vanilla infused tea. Take a moment to appreciate the beautiful patterns that the encounter of tea and milk will create (this is why I went for a see-through glass, I couldn’t miss this blissful show).london-fog-tea-latte-3At this point you may as well give it a stir and just combine. Wrap yourself in a blanket, put your feet up, grab the book you’re reading and enjoy this wonderful cozy moment.london-fog-tea-latte-4While doing some research prior to making my tea latte, I discovered that London fog was invented in Vancouver, but in Scotland it curiously goes by the name Vancouver fog. This beverage was invented in 1996 as an alternative to coffee for a pregnant customer, who could not enjoy her usual favourite brew due to her condition (source). Funnily enough, I’ve been drinking tea with milk ever since I was a child, and I remember being teased for this in Poland because tea with milk, bawarka, is considered to be a thing only pregnant women drink. And I’m pretty sure I’ve been told that bawarka was for pregnant women and not for little girls well before 1996. Still, I went on and still whiten my black tea with a drop of milk. These are the real struggles of a tea latte appreciator grown up in a family that puts lemon in their tea.

9 thoughts on “London fog

  1. It’s interesting to hear that tea without milk is the norm in other places, here in the UK we are very particular about tea, it must have milk and it almost always has sugar. I’m a very rare species, a British person that doesn’t like tea. This is something that people find hard to believe and I’ve had to sneakily pour cups away on more than one occasion!

    1. I love tea, but I can understand. Sometimes we don’t live up to people’s expectations when it comes to stereotypes 😀 I’m Italian and I’m not crazy about the Italian climate. Now that I live in Sweden they’re all surprised that I actually like the cold Swedish climate better 😀

    1. I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who had no idea 😀 Next time you offer tea with milk to a friend maximise their experience by calling it with this poetic name 😀

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