Starbucks London Fog Recipe


Nothing is better than sipping on a warm London Fog latte on a dreary, chilly day. But instead of heading out to Starbucks, you’re wondering: can you make the drink at home? 

To make a London Fog, you will need Earl Grey tea, vanilla syrup, and milk. Having a milk frother on hand will also be useful. Brew the tea, steam some milk, and add some vanilla with a scoop of foam to make this popular Starbucks beverage.

You can enjoy a fresh hot London Fog beverage from the comforts of your home- and it will save you quite a pretty penny too! Here you’ll find the best Starbucks London Fog recipe to make at home, along with some tips and tricks to help you make it. 

Starbucks London Fog

How To Make Starbucks London Fog 

To make your own London Fog latte at home, you will need the following:

  • Milk
  • Earl Grey Tea
  • Vanilla Syrup

This creamy, dreamy drink features the distinctive taste of Earl Grey with hints of lavender and vanilla. Any latte at Starbucks, like the London Fog, contains milk and tea in equal parts. Half is milk, and half is tea. Likewise, you will need equal portions of milk and tea for your copycat recipe.

You can use any milk for the Starbucks London Fog. However, to reach optimum foaminess, 2% whole milk foams better than most!

For the Earl Grey tea portion of the drink, you can use either tea bags or loose leaves. When it comes to a tea latte, you need tea to be stronger than normal, so if you use tea bags, you will need two. If you use loose leaf instead, you can use two teaspoons in a strainer. 

Starbucks London Fog Recipe

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Check out our secret recipe for the perfect at-home copycat Starbucks London Fog latte!


  • Earl Grey tea bags

  • 2 2 . 2% milk

  • 3 3 . Water

  • 4 4 . Vanilla Syrup


  • Make Earl Grey Tea
  • First, you will need to bring some water to a boil. While your water is boiling, place the two Earl Grey tea bags into a cup or mug. Once boiling, pour the water into the cup.
  • Steep the tea
  • To finish making the tea, you must let it steep for the proper amount.
  • For this London Fog recipe, you need to steep your Earl Grey tea for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Be careful to avoid over-steeping your tea. Black teas, like Earl Grey, become bitter when steeped for too long.
  • Steam the milk
  • While your tea is steeping, you can steam your milk. The easiest way to steam milk is to put it in the microwave. Microwave it for about a minute.
  • Froth the milk
  • Once the milk steams, it is time to froth it. To complete this step, you will need either a frother or a jar with a lid.
  • Operate the frother until the milk has become a silky microfoam and doubled in size. If you are using a jar, pour your steamed milk into it. Close the lid and shake it until the milk has foamed and doubled in volume.
  • If you want it to foam easier and faster, consider purchasing an electric frother.
  • Add the vanilla syrup.
  • By now, your tea has finished steeping. Remove the tea bags from the cup and pour in your vanilla syrup. However, if your vanilla syrup is cold- you should add it to your freshly steamed milk first to heat it.
  • Combine the milk with the tea
  • Grab your cup of frothed milk and slowly pour it into the tea, holding back the foam with a spoon. To get the full experience try using a clear glass mug. You’ll see the milk swim and swirl in the tea as it mixes- like a lava lamp! After all, sight is one of the first senses we experience before taste.
  • Once the milk and tea combine, scoop the foam from the milk cup and spoon it onto the top.
  • And now you’re ready to enjoy your tasty London Fog- without having to hop in the car and head to Starbucks!


  • You can choose to make your own vanilla syrup at home or purchase one from the store. 

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Tips & Tricks 

Make an Iced London Fog

Craving something cold and refreshing? Try cold-brewing your favorite foggy beverage! Cold brewing takes much longer, but it is worth it. 

To cold-brew a London Fog drink, brew your Earl Grey tea with four tea bags in a water pitcher. Store the tea in your fridge overnight. Pour it into your cup the next day with an equal amount of milk and a couple of tablespoons of vanilla syrup.  

Storing your London Fog leftovers

If you have leftover iced London Fog, store it in the fridge. It can last for only a day in the refrigerator, so be sure to drink it the next day.

However, it is never a good idea to reheat hot milk tea. If you brewed it hot and did not finish it, throw it out. 

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How many pumps of vanilla are in a London Fog? 

A Starbucks London Fog has about 3 to 5 pumps of vanilla syrup in it. 

Here’s a tip to help you get the perfect ratio of vanilla syrup: each pump done by a barista is about 1/4 fluid ounce. So, you will need about 3/4 to 1.25 fluid ounces! 

Is a London Fog just milk tea? 

A London Fog is considered a milk tea. 

Milk tea is a broad topic containing many different tea and milk beverages from various countries. Each milk tea has a unique style, making it an odd assortment of beverages under one title. However, any tea that contains milk is considered milk tea. 


Anyone can easily make a Starbucks London Fog latte with this recipe. All you need is a few Earl Grey tea bags, milk, and vanilla syrup. This popular milk tea drink can be hot or cold to fit the mood of your taste buds.

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