(A little joke to make you smile and to introduce our topic today, the London Fog :) )
Happy Friday, friends! Wahoo!! Another week of quarantine, but we did it. Although I have been fortunate enough to avoid the coronavirus thus far, I have absolutely contracted a case of the stir crazies. I love my family dearly but we are starting to get under each other's skin a bit and the house seems to be shrinking.
To help with this case of cabin fever, I began to research different drinks to be made with teas that I have here! One that really peaked my interest is called the "London Fog". The lovely Susan here at Good Life Tea had mentioned it to me as she described that her son-in-law graces her daughter with one of these delectable drinks each morning in bed (Boys, take note!).
The London Fog is a drink that starts with a base of Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey tea is a black tea highlighted with bergamot flavors and is personal favorite of mine. At Good Life, we have a variety of different kinds of Earl Grey's! This made this drink even more fun to make and play around with, as you can substitute different variations of Earl Grey tea to change the flavor of your drink slightly. I'll talk more about this soon!
To make this drink, you will need Earl Grey Tea, boiling water, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
To begin, make yourself a cup of whichever Earl Grey tea is your favorite. I started with our Earl Grey with Lavender tea. We make this tea right in house as it has been requested so regularly by customers. It combines our Earl Grey Supreme Tea with a bit of our French Lavender. I chose this as I love the floral notes that the lavender adds. It is a very relaxing tea and the scent of it steeping immediately calms me. The purple lavender pieces contrasted against the dark black tea are also a beautiful bonus.
As your tea steeps, begin to froth your milk. You can do so by using and electric frother or, if you do not have one, heat your milk on your stovetop. Make sure that it does not come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it is hot, pour it into a french press. Pump the french press until your milk has double in volume.
Once you have your cup of Earl Grey Tea, stir in the sugar and vanilla extract. The amount you use depends on personal preference. There are various recipes that you can look up online to help you decide where you fall on this spectrum! I started with 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. After these are stirred into your tea, pour your frothed milk over the top and wah-la!
I found this drink to be absolutely delightful and will undeniably be making it again! I loved the hot tea combining with the fluffiness of the frothed milk! The vanilla was a perfect addition to take it to the next level as well. Vanilla is definitely one of my favorite flavors, so combining this with the lavender was perfect for me!
As mentioned above, what is even more fun about this drink is it is extremely versatile! After trying and loving it, I wanted to see what it would be like substituting the Earl Grey with other teas. After doing a little research, I found that other's have wondered the same and that there are various "foggy" drinks! Just a couple examples are:
I haven't gotten the chance to try all of these just yet, so if you do, or you decide to substitute any other teas, please let us know! Let us know what you used, why, how it was, and the name of your new drink!
Speaking of trying new things and new teas, I would like to remind you all of our Favorite's Collection! Our Favorite's Collection is a special sampler pack that we have put together for you! It includes 6 samples of our most popular teas (each different variety) for only $7! You really can't beat that! It includes Kyoto Cherry Rose (green tea), Hot Cinnamon Spice (black tea), Heaven Sent Chai (organic chai), Cream of Earl Grey (black tea), Last Mango in Paris (tisane tea), and Belgian Chocolate (rooibos tea). They are our most popular teas for a reason. They are all absolutely delicious and come highly recommended! Check out each individual page to learn more about each one! (I would love to hear about how a "Foggy Cinnamon Spice" tastes ;)! )
The last tidbit I have for you today, is I want to mention the arrival of a new tea for us! We have just added the "Jasmine Spring Bloom" to our collection. This, just like our "Three Flower Burst" tea, is a blooming tea. As you steep it, it will quite literally open, and bloom, in your cup. It is absolutely breathtaking and calming to watch. This new, Jasmine Spring Bloom, features the opening of a jasmine flower enveloped in white tips. It has light floral notes, layered over grassy and honey filled flavors. We have heard that people are loving the flavors, as well as the visual display! Try it today!
If you do try any of the above things mentioned, please comment and let us know! I personally love hearing from you and not only what you have experienced with your teas but what you would like to hear about next from me as well! Hoping that you are all staying safe and sane! In an unexpected twist of events, I hope that these next few days are a little "foggy"! ;) -Kaytea