London Fog Latte- The Earl Grey for the modern era.
Everyone is familiar with Earl Grey tea. It is a must-have on all hot drink menus and a stable of all personal tea collections. We are a nation of ‘I only drink Earl Grey’ or have at least experienced the quintessential “Everyday British Problem of” suppressing the shock of sipping Earl Grey tea when you expect other-wise.
Whether liked, disliked or endured only to avoid social faux pas; it cannot be denied that this blend is everywhere.
However, less people seem to be familiar with the beverage of a ‘London Fog Latte’- a variant on the classic Earl Grey. Falling somewhere between the realms of tea and coffee; there is nothing quite like the London Fog Latte. It is in a grey area of its own which only adds to its trendiness.
Similar to our conventional lattes, the drink is mostly milk-based. The milk’s simple creaminess is the perfect supplement to the Earl Grey’s fragrant aroma. This unique combination of flavours enhanced by traces of vanilla and cinnamon, softens the floral notes of the tea, preventing the drink from falling victim to the dreaded ‘soap’ comparison. A sip of this modern twist on an old-timer tea will get you shocked for the right reasons! However, this time round you’ll be taken aback by its deliciousness and be left wanting more!
- Milk 250ml (Semi-skimmed or alternative milk)
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1tsp Vanilla bean paste
- ½ ground cinnamon
- Squeeze of Honey (optional)
Pre-recipe prep: I would suggest ‘preheating’ your mug to help keep your milk hotter for longer. I do this by placing it in an oven on its lowest setting to warm through while I get on with the fun latte beverage bit!
Add 50ml of boiling water to one of the teabags and leave to steep for 5 minutes or when the tea has fully diffused. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a blender and combine with the other spices. Then begin to heat the spiced milk in a saucepan and add the other Earl Grey tea bag.
Next, pour in the concentrated tea mixture and combine. Taste the milk for sweetness or adjust the spices to suit. Then bring the mix to a simmer and whisk continuously until the recognisable latte froth appears.
Pour the whisked, scorching milk into the heated mug and enjoy!