When It’s Too Late in the Day for Coffee, It’s London Fog O’Clock

Simply as I used peel-off nail polish before I was old adequate to go to a salon and used an Easy-Bake oven before my parents would trust me to bake cookies suitable for human consumption, I spent a number of my pre-college years happily buying flavored, sugary drinks at Starbucks instead of coffee. Times (and my needs) were simpler back then, and it wasn’t about the caffeine fix; I just longed for that sensation of carrying a Starbucks cup as I browsed the sale rack at my regional J.Crew and bookstore, especially throughout those cooler months that indicated festive holiday branding.

While I typically opted for hot chocolate with a sprinkling of cinnamon or just steamed hot milk with a pump of vanilla and gingerbread syrup, the tea-based London Fog was my absolute favorite, and (I’m unashamed to say) the only drink of these three that I still buy on event today.

Here’s whatever you need to learn about how to make one in your home.
What is a London Fog drink?
Two glass mugs of London Fog
Some baristas may note the London fog as a tea latte, but no matter what it’s called, it’s a study in sweet simpleness. While it’s not caffeine-free, the black tea base makes for a gentler option to numerous espresso and cold brew beverages. The exact origins of the beverage are contested. Some sources keep in mind that the first London Fog was made at the since-closed Buckwheat Café in Vancouver, Canada throughout the early 1990s, while others declare it hearkens back to the smog-ridden skies that plagued London in the early 19th century.

Modern-day ready-to-drink handles the London Fog are scarce. Rise Brewing Co. makes a canned, portable version with nitrogen-infused oat milk, and supermarket pillar Tazo brings a London Fog concentrate. In New York City alone, I’ve had one at the Harney & Sons café in Soho, along with at TikTok’s preferred coffee shop, Ralph’s.
How do you make a London Fog drink?

You don’t need an espresso device or high-end equipment to make a London Fog. Harney & Sons brings a Victorian London Fog tea that is specifically combined to use in lattes, and packs a strong bergamot and vanilla flavor.

After soaking your tea bag in hot water, you’ll wish to froth together milk and a splash of vanilla extract. I extremely recommend this portable nanofoamer from Blue Bottle Coffee due to the fact that it comes with a helpful little stand, is simple to clean in between usages, and attains a genuinely silky, luscious foam without gushing milk all over. Minor Figures barista mix oat milk has an extra-creamy texture and simply enough included sweet taste, but feel free to try out your plant- or dairy-based milk of option.

Include the frothed milk mix to the mug of tea and stir to integrate before adding in a teaspoon of sweetener like honey, or maple syrup. You can likewise utilize my personal preferred Madagascar vanilla syrup from Explorer Cold Brew, which eliminates the requirement for additional vanilla extract and also occurs to be my go-to sweetener for my daily Americano coffee.

While some elegant coffee shops top London Fogs with dried lavender buds or rose petals, I’ve personally never been able to shake the feeling that doing so makes every sip taste a bit like hair shampoo. However if you select that additional little visual pizzaz, you do you– the London Fog is mild, friendly, and best of all, simple to consume hours after your personal coffee cut-off hour (mine is 3 p.m., in case you’re questioning).

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