We have been spoiled with warm weather for the last week or so… which was why it was so shocking to walk out the door this morning to an unexpected blast of frigid winter air. This is the type of weather that requires something to warm a person up from the inside out, and this is exactly what I set out to do when we came home this afternoon. Tea is usually what I think of when I want to get warm fast, but today I didn’t want to settle for the standard. I decided to make a version I used to enjoy in my coffee shop days, a drink called London Fog.
I’m not sure if this drink originated in London (it is made with Earl Grey tea!), but it certainly is reminiscent of a foggy day (especially if you take the time to froth the milk.) This tea is the perfect combination of sweet, bitter and creamy. The vanilla is a nice compliment to the maple syrup, and creates a truly unique flavor. The creaminess of the milk cuts the bitter tannins from the black tea. It might not taste exactly like its coffee shop counterpart, but it comes pretty close. Not to mention that it doesn’t include all of the nasties such as natural flavors, artificial flavors and colors, and genetically modified sugar.
It was such a satisfying way for me to warm up today, and it’s a drink I’ll be making more often from now on.
Homemade London Fog
(A Grow. Cook. Eat. Share Original recipe)
1 Earl Grey tea bag (or black tea, if you prefer)
1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk of choice
In a large mug, pour boiling water over tea bag, and allow to steep for 1 – 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, warm milk over the stove until hot, but not boiling. Use a hand-frother or whisk to make it foamy if you would like.
Add vanilla and maple syrup to the tea.
Remove tea bag and add milk to the sweetened tea.
Makes one serving.
Do you know the origin of the London Fog? Do you have a favorite drink you enjoy on a cold day? I’d love to hear your thoughts!