A CUP OF LONDON FOG
for FOODIE FRIDAY
EARL GREY LATTE
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, http://en.wikibooks.org/
Things to Know Before You Start
If you have a refined palate for tea, you would no doubt use only the finest loose leaf Earl Grey tea with a tea infuser. For simplicity today I will use tea bags, but excellent quality tea non the less.
Earl Grey tends to get a little bitter if it is oversteeped, so be sure to use double the amount of tea to get double strength tea for your tea latte instead of simply letting the tea sit longer. You are making Earl Grey tea concentrate. Let steep for 2-4 minutes to achieve optimum flavour.
You will just have to find your own middle ground in this department. You may choose from skim, 2%, up to half-n-half. Not to be forgotten is a variation Manchester Fog - steamed soy milk with a sugar free vanilla syrup in Earl Grey tea.
Vanilla and Sweetness
Here is where I found several variations. You choose:
1/2 tsp.pure vanilla extract /per serving
3 tbsp pure vanilla syrup/per serving( see bottom of recipe) or purchase
1 tsp pure vanilla extract/per 2 serving
2 Earl Grey teabag or 1 tsp loose
1 cup of boiling water
1 cup of steamed milk, (your choice skim, 2%, half-n-half)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar,1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
6 tbsp pure vanilla syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pour hot Earl Grey tea into a large mug or other serving glass. Stir in sweetner and vanilla or vanilla syrup.
Steam milk, or heat it in the microwave and whisk until very frothy, and pour it into the sweetened tea.
Tea for two.
An elegant touch is to put a cinnamon stick in along with the tea bag and leave it to steep in the pot or mug Or sprinkle cinnamon, drizzle honey on foam
Serve in a large mug, settle into a large chair and enjoy.
Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Slice vanilla bean lengthwise and drop it into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring once the mixture comes to a simmer, until all sugar has been dissolved. Remove from heat and scrape vanilla seeds out of the vanilla bean and into the syrup. Cool completely, then store in the refrigerator to use as needed. Many other uses.
Herbal Infusions suggests two options to using Earl Grey
• Loose Leaf Tea – Dorian Grey Blend (its our version of Earl Grey but along with Bergamot contains apple pieces, elderblossom, linden and mallow flowers, daisy white, cornflower petals, and a subtle caramel finish) or Buckingham Palace (black tea, jasmine, cornflower petals, and bergamot). I find both to be not as overpowering as straight Earl Grey and have a few more layers of complexity to them.
Can be purchased online http://www.herbalinfusions.ca/