Homemade London Fog (Earl Grey) Latte - Buttered Side Up

Homemade London Fog (Earl Grey) Latte

Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
I feel like there's something kind of posh about Earl Grey tea. It's most likely because of the name. It's just fun to say.



Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
Early grey tea is a black tea that is flavored with bergamot orange oil. It has a distinct flavor which is better experienced than described.


There's a bit of controversy about the origin of Earl Grey tea. Legend has it that Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl of Grey (who was the Prime Minister of England from 1830-1834), popularized the tea. But historians question this. Instead, they speculate that perhaps tea merchants flavored their cheap teas with bergamot oil to disguise the low quality.

So there goes my notion that it's super sophisticated.

You can read more about the origin of Earl Grey tea HERE, HERE, and HERE.




Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
Whatever the origin, I love the flavor or Earl Grey tea. It's more exciting that a plain cup of black tea. And it's lovely made into a Lavender Earl Grey Latte (AKA London Fog Latte).



Homemade London Fog (Lavender Earl Grey) Latte
I have never tried the Starbucks version of a London Fog Latte. All I know is this homemade version is lovely.

If you don't want to bother with loose tea and dried lavender, you can always purchase Earl Grey tea bags that have lavender. Here's an organic fair-trade lavender Earl Grey tea that looks nice.

Oh, and I didn't have any vanilla extract on hand, but I think this latte would be lovely with a splash of it.








Homemade London Fog Latte


Adapted from Anna Elizabeth
Takes , serves 1
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Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons Earl Grey tea or 2 tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon organic dried lavender
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup organic/grass-fed whole milk
  • 1/4 cup organic/grass-fed cream

Instructions

  1. Place Earl Grey tea and lavender in a tea strainer (this is the kind I use, and this one is made in the USA). Pour boiling water over tea. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea leaves and add maple syrup.
  2. Heat milk and cream to 150 degrees F (65 C). Froth the milk/cream and pour over the tea. Enjoy!






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4 comments

  1. I feel a little silly.... I had no idea adding lavender to Earl Grey was a very common thing. I have done it for a while now! However, I have never, ever used cream to make what is apparently called a London Fog. The only disappointing thing about discovering this is that I don't have Earl Grey accessible today!

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    1. You knew intuitively that lavender + Earl Grey is a great combo, eh? Definitely add the cream - it's lovely. :)

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  2. What do you use to froth the milk/cream?

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    1. I usually use a French press to froth the milk, or a special pump milk frother, or an electric whisk frother. I did an entire post about it on The Pioneer Woman's blog showing ways to froth milk without a machine: http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/8-ways-to-froth-milk/

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