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.
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.
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).
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
- 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
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