In my mind, there are a few things that just seem to be synonymous with winter – a roaring fire in the fireplace, fuzzy slippers, a pot of soup on the stovetop and a steaming hot beverage. My hot beverage of choice happens to be tea and I love it so much that I actually have an entire shelf in my cupboard devoted to storing all of the teas that I enjoy. So I was thrilled when a friend introduced me to a decadent tea drink – the “London Fog” – that’s a cross between a cup of tea and a cappuccino.
The base of the “London Fog” is a cup of Earl Grey tea (which is, of course, ubiquitous in London…hence, the name). The tea is spiced up with cinnamon, honey and vanilla and then topped with a generous helping of steamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. While it looks just like a cappuccino, the flavor is so much more delicate.
It’s super easy to make, especially if you’ve got one of these handheld milk frothers. I like to prepare the tea in one cup and froth the milk in another. Then, once the milk is frothed, I pop it into the microwave for a minute to heat it up. The whole thing takes only minutes to prepare and it’s so comforting and satisfying that it almost feels like a dessert!
I hope that, during this busy time of year, you take some time to relax and indulge yourself.
- 1 bag of Earl Grey tea
- A drop or two of pure vanilla extract
- 8-10 oz. boiling water
- 3 Tbsp. milk skim milk gives you the best froth
- Sweetener of choice Sugar/Honey/Stevia, to taste
- A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
Steep the Earl Grey tea bag in boiling water for 4 minutes. While tea is steeping, froth the milk in another mug (I use the AeroLatte milk frother). Once the milk is frothed to desired consistency, place in the microwave for approximately 30-60 seconds to steam.
Add vanilla extract and sweetener and stir to combine. Place steamed milk on top of the tea (do not stir). Sprinkle cinnamon over top and enjoy.