London Fog Recipe – Take One

Yesterday, I had a London Fog for the first time at Starbucks. I had been aware of this drink for about a year, but hadn’t tried one yet. Starbucks apparently has offered the drink for a long time under the more-descriptive name “Earl Grey Tea Latte” but are now pushing the drink this month under the London Fog name.

If you can’t guess, I quite liked it. I had looked up their ingredients on the website beforehand and knew that their standard recipe uses simple syrup (ie sugar syrup) so when I ordered the drink at my nearby Starbucks I made sure to request that they use sugar-free vanilla syrup instead and add Splenda. I looked at a couple of recipes last night to try and replicate the recipe myself and here’s what I cobbled together:

London Fog Take One Recipe

16 oz hot water
8 oz half and half
2 Twinnings Earl Grey Tea bags
4 oz Da Vinci Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (cheaper at Costco/Sam’s Club)
4 packets of Splenda

Equipment:
2 pyrex 2-cup measuring cups
A way to heat water/milk to boil
French Press
A spoon!

Bring 16 ounces of water to boil, I use a small cheap electric kettle as I haven’t bought my wishlist electric cordless pourover kettle yet. Once the water comes to a boil, remove it from heat for a minute and then pour it into one of the pyrex measuring cups and add two Earl Grey teabags and set a timer for four minutes.

Pour 8 ounces of half and half into the other pyrex measuring cup and microwave for one minute. Pour the heated half and half into the french press and start moving the press up and down to froth the milk. I set a timer for one minute.

When the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags and add the Splenda and vanilla syrup. Mix this together with a spoon. Pour in the now-frothed half and half and mix together.
The verdict?

It was good. Really good. Not quite as good as the Starbucks, but that was due to me using 1-year-old Twinnings Earl Grey teabags. As you probably know, loose leaf tea is way better than using tea bags. I was pretty happy with the proportions of the recipe as well. I didn’t need any fancy equipment (other than a french press, but for me that is the basic way to make coffee and thus not fancy) and this could have been easily done while camping. It’s a winner, but I’ll have ask my friend Jenny, an enthusiast of this drink, if she has any tips or tweaks.