Vegan London Fog

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I'm a sucker for milk tea.

Whether it's black tea, chai tea, roiboos tea, or matcha –– they all taste better with a splash of milk in it! Plant-based milk, of course.

So after making my very first Dirty Chai last week, I was determined to make another milky tea beverage that fit the mood of dark and cold November nights perfectly: LONDON FOG.

I've always loved the name of this beverage. A name that immediately brings the smoky streets of a Victorian London to mind, horse-drawn carriages rattling over rain-slicked cobblestone, giggling girls in corsets making their way home, lit only by the blotchy egg yolk yellow light of the dim street lamps, and Jack the Ripper lurking somewhere in the murky shadows.
Or perhaps my imagination is just running wild, lol.

London Fog is a delicious aromatic Earl Grey tea latte with vanilla that compliments the citrusy bergamot flavour of the Earl Grey. It's creamy, it's warm, it's vanillary sweet and indulgent. Just the right cup of tea to cosy up on the couch with on a hazy November afternoon.

I can definitely see Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple sitting at the window, sipping their London Fog while they rack their brains over some tricky crime case ...


Preparation time: 10 mins
Main ingredients: oat milk, Earl Grey, vanilla, sugar
difficulty level: easy
serves: 2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free


1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup full-fat oat milk *
2 Earl Grey tea bags or 2 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea

2 tsp raw cane sugar or coconut blossom sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

* In order to achieve the desired creaminess I find that you get the best results when using either the
Alpro Not M*LK with 3.5 g fat per 100 ml, or the Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition with 3.5 g fat per 100 ml, or their Oat Drink Whole with 2.8 g fat per 100 ml. You could also try vanilla sweetened milk, and omit the vanilla extract!


Steep the tea in freshly boiling hot water for 5 to 7 minutes until quite dark and strong.
Remove the teabag or infuser.

Add vanilla essence and sugar, and stir to dissolve.

Divide the sweetened tea between two cups. Each cup should be filled at least two thirds of the way with the tea.

Steam the full-fat oat milk, using a frother or an immersion blender, and pour it into the tea over a spoon to create that "foggy" effect. Top off with frothed milk.

Serve immediately. Cheers!

To make an iced London Fog:
Steep your tea in boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 to 7 minutes for a strong brew, then whisk in the vanilla and sugar to dissolve.

Discard tea bags, and allow the tea to cool.

Pour the cold tea into a glass filled with ice. Finish off with full-fat oat milk to make it nice and creamy. Serve and enjoy immediately.


- To make this rich beverage even more decadent, omit the water, and steep your Ear Grey tea in 2 1/2 cups of full-fat oat milk that you heat up in a small saucepan. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract, pour into your favourite mug, and enjoy!
- For another variation, try with a vanilla-sweetened milk, and omit the sugar and vanilla extract.
- If you don't have a milk frother or an immersion blender, pour the milk into a jar with a lid – no more than a third of the way full. Seal the jar with a lid and give it a good shake for about 30 seconds or so. That's actually what I did in this recipe!

Did you know that the "London Fog" was not invented in London, but in Vancouver in 1996 by a woman named Mary Loria who was pregnant at the time and was looking for an alternative to coffee in a café? Apparently, there's also a variation with Matcha green tea, called "Tokyo fog", and a variation with rooibos tea, called "Cape Town fog", as well as the "Bangalore fog" or "Bombay fog" that uses chai tea instead of Earl Grey. There's even a drink called "London Smog" that is made up of the same ingredients as a regular London Fog, but with the addition of a shot of espresso. So basically ... a Dirty Earl?!

While I do enjoy a cup of decaf coffee every once in a while, I am definitely more of a tea drinker. What about you? Are you team tea or team coffee? Or both? (Dirty Chai?!)