Lavender London Fog Latte

When you need a break from your daily routine to re-charge, what better way than with a creamy Lavender London Fog? As familiar as it may seem at first sip - this cozy drink will have you floral lovers swooning in no time. It's a perfect compliment to our Earl grey lavender cake.

Curious about culinary lavender?

You may be surprised to learn that lavender is not only edible but also has a long history of being used in cooking and baking and teas. The flower’s fragrance is delicate and pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. Here are some tips and best practices on how to incorporate lavender into your culinary creations! We find lavender so delicious we included it in our top 10 Best Tasting Edible Flowers list.

https://frolicandfare.com/plant-guide/lavender-101/

Why you'll love this recipe:

  • It has a rich flavor profile, including honey, vanilla, and rich creaminess thanks to lavender frothed milk addition
  • These simple ingredients work together beautifully while still maintaining their individual elements.
  • If you love lavender and earl grey tea on their own, you'll love them paired together in this lavender London fog.

What is a London Fog?

A London Fog is a rather simple drink, but packs a lot of flavor. The traditional London fog latte drink contains earl grey tea, frothed milk and vanilla syrup. In our lavender london fog latte, we added some culinary lavender to our vanilla syrup and we didn't stop there. We also added lavender to our frothed milk. The combination of earl grey tea and edible lavender flowers is divine.

What is Earl Grey tea?

Earl grey tea is black tea is made with bergamot oil. It has an aroma that's similar to floral scents, like lavender or orange blossom - but not too overbearing. Instead, it's sweet while still containing hints of bitter for a bite we all love in black tea.

Ingredients:

  • Milk - I use whole milk for the best froth, you can use non-dairy milk if you prefer. Be sure to look for "barista style" non dairy milks to ensure it will froth
  • Culinary lavender - We will infuse our lavender into our milk, making a delicate lavender milk.
  • Honey - For an all natural sweetness. Even better with some lavender infused honey?
  • Hot Water
  • Earl grey tea - Loose leaf tea or tea bags
  • Vanilla extract - For our creamy lavender, honey, vanilla syrup.

Notes about the recipe:

Steamed milk is the product of heating milk with the steaming wand a coffee machine has. Most people don't have a milk steamer in their kitchen. You can replicate your coffee shop silky smooth steamed milk by mixing your warmed milk with a small whisk vigorously until a it has micro bubbles. Alternatively, you can use a handheld frother which will do the trick as well.

Tools & equipment:

  • Milk steamer, or bowl and whisk, or electric milk frother
  • Tea kettle
  • Large spoon
  • Large mug
  • Sauce pan
  • Small strainer

Variations:

  • Try it over ice for an iced lavender London fog
  • Replace lavender with dried rose petals or chamomile for a different floral spin.

More lattes to love:

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag or 1 tablespoon loose leaf Earl Grey tea tea
  • 8 ounces water
  • ½ cup milk - preferably full fat whole milk, which will steam best. But barista style non dairy milk will work as well.
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 spoonful honey - any sweetener of choice will do
  • 1 teaspoon organic dried lavender buds

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Brew a strong cup of Earl Grey tea. Let it steep for 3 minutes, or follow the instructions on your tea container. Then remove the tea bag or filter out the loose leaf tea.
  • Make your lavender milk by adding milk, lavender, and honey or sugar to a small sauce pan. Turn the temperature to the lowest possible setting and heat on low for five minutes. Strain lavender buds from the milk.
  • Steam your milk. If you don’t have a steamer, then you can either whisk the warmed milk until you get a good amount of foam, or use a milk frother.
  • Pour the steamed milk into the mug on top of the tea.
  • Garnish your drink with a dried lavender sprig, stir and enjoy!

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