I'm not a big spender when it comes to going out for coffee. I think Starbucks is okay (it has employed all of my grown kids at one time or another), and I enjoy grabbing a hot drink there occasionally. I don't normally order anything but a grande Pikes Place with room for lots of cream. The price is okay and it's not loaded with sugar like so many of their 'fancy' drinks. But, I have to admit...the other day when I was in the city, wandering aimlessly around Chapters, waiting for a call from my husband to say his surgery had gone well....I broke down and bought something other than my 'usual'. I just didn't feel like coffee, so decided on tea. I asked if they made London Fogs, and was told yes, but they called them Earl Grey Lattes. Perfect! I forked over the almost 5 bucks and got my drink. It was wonderful! But 5 bucks!! That's crazy!
Tonight, while relaxing, I once again felt like a London Fog, but not the 5 buck version. Plus, Starbucks is a long drive through the snow and wilderness. So, I made my own. This is the recipe one of my daughters taught me while she was a barista. As simple as can be, and way cheaper than 5 bucks!
All you need to make your own London Fog is a bag or 2 of Earl Grey tea (I honestly like Walmart's teas, and they are cheap!), some milk, vanilla, sugar (or sweetener of your choice) and boiling water.
I like my tea strong so I use 2 bags in a big cup. You can decide how strong you like yours.
1. First, boil the kettle.
2. Get your mug and tea bag(s) ready.
3. Pour the boiling water into the cup with the tea bag(s) in it. Allow it to steep for 3 minutes.
4. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
5. Add milk and sugar to taste.
If you like a bit of foam on yours, you can use a milk frother to add some bubbles, but I prefer mine 'flat'.