London Fog (also known as Vanilla Tea Misto or an Earl Grey Tea Latte) is the name of a drink which originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, although the creator remains unknown, among several claims. One such claim is from the Island Coffeehouse in Langley, Washington, a non-profit student run organization, where it was originally made with Peppermint Tea in 2006. However, patrons of Starbucks in Calgary, Alberta have asked for this decadent drink since the winter of 2004. It is common in Washington and Oregon, as well as in BC's lower mainland and throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Canadian Second Cup cafés also carry the drink.
The "London Fog" was recently the subject of an investigation on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's afternoon show Freestyle.
- 16 oz of milk. (2% or whole)
- 1 shot of vanilla syrup per 16 oz of milk
- 1 bag of Earl Grey tea
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Brew a small amount of Earl Grey tea. Add about ½ cup of boiling water to a mug along with a bag of Earl Grey. The result is an Earl Grey tea concentrate. Let steep for 2-4 minutes to achieve optimum flavor.
- Heat up milk. Access to a steamer is preferred.
- Add the vanilla syrup. (adjust according to taste)
Notes, tips and variations
- Manchester Fog - steamed soy milk with a sugar free vanilla syrup in Earl Grey tea.
- Seattle Fog - soy misto (½ water, ½ soy, steamed) with 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and one pump of hazelnut syrup, in 2 bags of Earl Grey Tea. Also known as the "No Wang's Special".
- Oregon Mist- The same as London Fog, substituting Green tea and amaretto for Earl Grey and vanilla. Popularized by the Glenwood restaurants in Eugene, Oregon.
- Sweet Treat London Fog - a sweet, simple, tea-less version of a cold London Fog, which is best served in a punch bowl, consists of chilled ginger ale and copious amounts of either lime sherbet or orange sherbet. As the sherbet melts, it gives the drink a foggy appearance.
- Dublin Fog- The same as London Fog, only substituting Earl Grey with Irish Breakfast Tea
- Bangalore Fog - The same as London Fog, only substituting Earl Grey with Chai (created by Kavya Raman at Roosters Coffeehouse, Carleton University, Ottawa ON). Also known as a Bombay Fog (coined in Concordia-Loyola's Second Cup, Montreal, QC).
- Atlantic City Fog - The same as London Fog, only substituting Earl Gray with Rose Tea. (Created by Alexis V. Juneau at MCB Quantico, Quantico VA)
- Winter Fog - A London Fog where you reduce the amount of vanilla and add clover honey to taste.
- Maui Fog - The same as London Fog, only substituting coconut for vanilla syrup.
- Starbucks Earl Grey Latte is a version of London Fog.
- Tokyo Fog - The same as London Fog, only substituting Matcha-based Green Tea for Earl Grey.
- Cape Town Fog - The same as London Fog, only substituting Earl Gray with Rooibos Tea
- Durban Fog - A cross between a Cape Town Fog and a Bangalore Fog, basically the same as a London Fog, but substituting Earl Gray with Rooibos Tea and adding a pinch of tea masala.
NOTE: London Fog is a proprietary name for a tea blended exclusively by Carnelian Rose Tea Co. Starbucks no longer used the name after being informed of the potential trade name conflict.