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How to Make a London Fog Latte | Earl Grey Tea Latte Recipe

It is brrrr cold in the townhouse today and if it’s cold where you live too, I’m going to show you how to make a London Fog Latte (also known as an Earl Grey tea latte) at home!  I’m definitely staying indoors and grateful to be warming up with this delicious London Fog, because I really don’t want to have to shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the car, and bundle up in my parka just to hit up Starbucks.

Tasty homemade london fog latte

I am hoping this warm, slightly caffeinated drink will pep me up because I need to be mighty productive today.  I have felt two steps behind since we rang in the new year.  Anyone else feel behind in their work after the holidays?  I wish elves had continued to chip away at it while I was slacking, haha.

Make a tea latte at home

Ingredients (for one London Fog):

Why loose leaf tea is better

Supplies for Making a London Fog at Home:

How to make a London Fog latte at home

How to Make an Easy Tea Latte:

1. Heat the soy or milk for 1-2 minutes (microwaves vary)
2. Steep the tea in the heated soy for approximately 2-3 minutes
3. Squeeze the tea bag with a spoon to get every drop out
4. Add a pinch of sugar and a dash of vanilla
5. Froth milk for 30 seconds (your cup measure should be larger than your portion of soy because frothing is a bit messy)

6. Pour the latte into your mug, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy

Tasty homemade london fog latte

A Note on Ingredients:

Why Do I Drink Soy?

I used to drink milk but stopped years ago because being diary-free alleviated my allergies.  But cheese is so delicious that I eventually got back on the dairy train.  Even though I started eating cheese and yogurt again, I found I couldn’t drink milk anymore because, after years without it, it tasted too filmy.  Blech.  So I drink soy by choice.  I used to buy So Good but then I spotted Natur-a organic soy at Costco because the price was so fantastic.  It tastes great, especially in cereal, but needs a dash of sugar for drinks like this. I really like the fact that it is organic and can just be stored in the basement until it’s opened which means we are never dashing to the store because we’re out of soy.  We always have it “in stock”.  UPDATE: in recent years I switched from soy to Almond Milk but, for this London Fog Tea Latte recipe, please feel free to use soy, Almond, dairy – whatever you prefer!

Loose Leaf Tea Seems Like a Hassle.

Years ago I worked in a tea shop and got hooked on loose leaf tea.  It takes a bit more fussing, but the tea tastes so phenomenal I think it’s worth the effort.  In this case, I think loose leaf tea makes the at-home London Fog taste even better than what you can buy in a coffee shop.  Using a tea filter is much easier than a tea ball (which often lets tea leaves escape) and it has the added benefit of allowing you to pre-make a few bags at a time for transport or just ease-of-use.  If you haven’t tried it, check out a local tea store – many offer small samples.

How to make an earl grey tea latte



  1. EJ @ Not A House, But A Home
    January 18, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    Mmm I love tea. I had my first London Fog last year and it was delicious, but my absolute favourite is the soy chai latte from Starbucks. I've made them from home before with the Tazo chai syrup, but the froth I make at home always comes out better with real milk than with soy or almond milk.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 18, 2012 / 4:30 pm

      EJ, Their chai latte is yummy. Ages ago I bought the syrup too but have started using loose leaf chai tea for that latte as well. Different soy beverages froth differently – you might just need to find the right one.

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    January 18, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    yummy yum yum! i think it looks delicious and i need to try it! can you come over and make me one?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 18, 2012 / 4:31 pm

      Be right over, Cassie 🙂

    January 18, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    I'm really excited about seeing more posts like this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 18, 2012 / 8:13 pm

      Awesome! Glad to hear it 🙂

  4. Kelly @ JAX does design
    January 18, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Thanks for stopping by JAX does design – great to "meet" another Ottawa design blogger :-)With the weather we've been having lately, I bet your drinking LOTS of tea lattes! I'm not a tea drinker, but this looks really good and I just may have to try it.I just checked out your DIY page – WOW, you've done a lot of awesome work! Love your paintings, and I'm still in awe that you painted a whole entire car! Looking forward to seeing more of your work and visiting le Townhouse regularly 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 18, 2012 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I'm always excited to follow another Ottawa blog to help keep me in the loop.

  5. Teresa
    January 18, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    Mmmmm… perfect for a blustery day like today, sounds delicious!

  6. Elissa
    January 18, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    Mmmm…. that does look good! Especially today!

  7. Giulia
    January 18, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    Thanks for stopping by today. Are you in Ottawa? Glad you found me, because now I found you…lovely blog, crazy stuff you do.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 18, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Hi Giula, yep – I'm in Ottawa. Thanks for the compliment!

  8. Tori
    January 19, 2012 / 1:37 am

    Sounds delicious, I want to try it!

  9. designchic
    January 19, 2012 / 3:31 am

    We are having really cold weather in NC and this looks like the perfect cure…can't wait to try!!

  10. mistergandme
    January 19, 2012 / 11:36 am

    YUM! i love making my tea lattes at home too. your pictures are fantastic!!!

  11. Maisie
    November 10, 2021 / 12:58 am

    This is the only recipe I could find that doesn’t ruin it with half water!!

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