This Iced London Fog Tea Latte is the perfect drink for the warmer months. It's a copycat Starbucks tea latte recipe, but better because you control the ingredients! Make a big batch of this iced Earl Grey tea latte recipe and be sipping all week long.
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I am one of those delicate flowers that can't drink coffee, but I always start my day with two gigantic mugs of milky black tea. In the warmer months, though, I find myself craving the cool, creamy flavour of an iced coffee, but without the jitters that coffee brings for me.
I want something icy and cool and refreshing, but also creamy and delicious. Enter the Iced London Fog Tea Latte!
What is a London Fog?
A London Fog is an Earl Grey tea latte. Typically it's made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla simple syrup. The name aside, the London Fog is actually a Canadian invention.
In the early 00's a friend of mine taught me to order London Fogs at Starbucks before it was really a thing. You'd order an Earl Grey tea, add steamed milk add vanilla, and it was a freaking bargain. Then Starbucks wised up and put the London Fog on their menu for a pretty price. That is when I started making them at home instead.
You'll find specific quantities of the ingredients in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. Here's a quick overview of what you need to make your Iced London Fog:
- Earl Grey Tea --> I'm a loose tea gal, but you can use your favourite Earl Grey tea bag as well.
- Milk --> Whole milk or creamy oat milk are my favourites for this iced tea latte.
- Vanilla --> I forgot to include this in the picture. Whoops! Try making Homemade Vanilla Extract.
- Sweetener --> Dealers choice! I used honey, but a bit of sugar, maple syrup, or whatever you have on hand is fine. And the sweetener is totally optional.
- Ice --> You're gonna need ice to make an Iced London Fog.
Nothing fancy required here, other than some nice tall glasses to make your iced London Fog in, and something to make your tea with. Here's what I've used:
- I use a tea infuser basket to make loose leaf tea either in a mug or in a pot.
- I like to make a big batch of Earl Grey Tea to keep in the fridge for the week, and find that a one-quart wide-mouthed mason jar is the perfect size to store it in.
- I love these Beer Can Glasses for making iced lattes in. They're perfect for smoothies or other cold drinks too!
- Reusable metal straws are my favourite for cold drinks.
Tips for making an iced tea latte
The biggest factor for making or breaking this recipe is the Earl Grey Tea itself. Hot tea is going to melt down all that ice super fast and leave you with a watery tea drink rather than an iced latte.
I've made hundreds of these Iced London Fog Lattes, and have tried out lots of different methods for cooling the tea down. Here are my favourites.
- Make your Earl Grey tea the night before. I like to make a big pot of strong Earl Grey tea, let it cool, and then keep it in the fridge. I find that a one-quart wide-mouthed mason jar is the perfect size for a batch that'll last the week.
- Make Earl Grey Ice cubes. If you keep a batch of Earl Grey ice cubes on hand, you'll be able to quickly cool a batch of hot tea without watering it down.
- Make a small cup of tea and put it in the fridge to cool off while you're getting everything else ready. This is what I do if I've forgotten to make my tea in advance!
This Iced London Fog recipe is perfect for busy mornings, since you can make a big patch of Earl Grey Tea to keep in in the fridge, then all you need to do in the morning is add ice, a splash of vanilla, and your milk of choice.
If you are going to add a sweetener, like honey or sugar, I recommend you do so while the tea is hot. Sugar doesn't dissolve as quickly in cold liquids, and honey may clump up or harden when it hits the ice.
I'm not really a sweet drink kinda gal, so I often skip the sweetener altogether when I make an Iced London Fog, and I never miss it.
If you want to make a dairy-free iced latte, opt for your favourite plant-based milk. The creamier the better since it will be watered down with tea and ice, so something like Oatly Barista Edition would be perfect for this recipe.
Other drink recipes you might enjoy:
Iced London Fog Tea Latte
- 1 teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves or one Earl Grey tea bag
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice
- 1 cup whole milk or milk of choice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the Earl Grey tea leaves in a tea basket in a mug (or put your tea bag in the mug) and pour boiling water over top. Set it aside and let it steep for 10 minutes.1 teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves, 1 cup hot water
- Add sweetener to the tea, if using, along with the vanilla.1 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the tea in the fridge overnight to cool (if possible) or until you're ready to make your iced London Fog.
- Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the cooled Earl Grey tea over the ice, to fill approximately ⅔ of the way up. Add as much milk as desired.ice, 1 cup whole milk
- Give the tea a stir, and enjoy immediately!
- Nutrition values are an estimate only
- This recipe is best made with tea that has been chilled overnight in the fridge.
- I like to bulk prep this recipes, so I make 4 cups (1 quart) of tea at once and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. It's perfect for busy mornings!