Easy Homemade London Fog [Recipe]

I– Love– London Fog.  This is one of those things that is especially wonderful when you’re tired; it’s one of the most comforting, soothing beverages you can imagine.  At least, I think so.  Warm and smooth, with a hint of bergamot and vanilla.  
“What on earth is a London Fog?” you might wonder?  Well, simply put, it’s an earl grey tea latte.  
…And guess what?  
You can make one, really easily.  Here’s how!
Easy Homemade London Fog
Makes 1 cup
Ingredients:
1 c. water
1 Earl Grey tea bag
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 Tbsp. sugar or honey
In a small pot, combine the water and tea bag.

Note:  If you are making more than one cup at a time, YOU DO need more than one tea bag!  You will always need 1 tea bag per cup of water, no less.  You want a nice, strong base for your latte.
Bring the water and tea bag to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.  Once the 10 minutes are up, turn the stove right down to low, cover, and let rest while you work on the milk.
Now, for the magic.  DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE?!  😀  (I’m a little excited about mine…)

This is a Milk Frother – And OH my land, what a joy.  I was given one of these for Christmas last year, and wow.  Do I ever love it!  There are certainly more deluxe versions of milk frothers out there, but for the average make-your-own-lattes-at-home kind of individual, this will definitely do the trick. It runs on AA batteries and works like a charm.

For the milk, heat it up in the microwave for about 1 minute and 10 seconds.  Then, stick the frother inside, turn it on, and buzz away.

Note:  I didn’t realize until it was too late, but my battery was running low for this tutorial…  So, my froth in these pictures has much larger bubbles and looks less perfect than it normally would.  I decided to keep the pictures anyway, ’cause I figure, well it “Looks more homemade!” that way.  😛  But yeah, definitely keep in mind that better batteries make fluffier froth.

Now, I imagine there is a technique to this… But for 1/2 a cup of microwaved milk, I don’t know how much the science of milk frothing applies.  So, I’ll just confess to you what I do:  I pull the frother in and (almost) out of the milk as I go… Doesn’t seem to make that much of a difference in the end (if you do that or just stick it straight in), but I think it feels like you get to play with bubbles when you move it around, so I do.  More fun that way, you see.

Now, grab your concentrate off the stove, discard the tea bag, add sugar (or honey) to it, and stir to dissolve. Stir in vanilla.

Next, pick your most favourite, comfortable mug, and pour the hot tea concentrate into the bottom.

Then, last but definitely not least, pour the milk over top and finish with a nice, thick layer of froth.

Sip this tea with the company of a good friend or a good book.

Enjoy!

Back soon,

–Naomi

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