Contrary to its name, the London Fog latte is a sweet and luxurious Earl Grey brew created in Vancouver, Canada. With hints of vanilla and bergamot this sweet sip is both indulgent and playful; it tastes a little like warm marshmallow. My Deliciously Aromatic London Fog Latte includes a waft of lavender and a tiny pinch of salt to enhance the intoxicating flavours. It’s no wonder those in the know in Canada have been wrapping their lips around this intoxicating cup for years. It tastes just like a lazy Sunday morning.
A few days ago the Elf and I were leaving our local food store when we spied a lady crossing the car park in front of us. She was small and lean and reminded me of a delicate bird; she reminded me a little of my late grandmother, small but determined. With purposeful steps she navigated the busy crossing, her small frame rested against the shopping trolley using it for support. The trolley itself was full of heavy groceries and I wondered how she would manage them in to her car. Keeping one eye on the Elf and the other on her, I didn’t see the gentleman until he was in front of us. “Can I give you a hand?” he asked. “Oh, no. Thank you. I am OK, I’m just slow,” she answered. “I am slow too. Let’s be slow together,” he replied and walked with her across the car park towards her car. Tears blurred my vision as I watched their grey heads disappear amongst the throng of noisy traffic.
I was just so moved by this small moment of human kindness played out in a concrete car park. As we drove out I spotted the lady in her car, groceries loaded, her unlikely hero walking, or shuffling rather, away with a wave. He was slow but to my eyes, he was mighty. While inside our car the radio blasted the world’s bad news, I thanked the universe for the small moment I was lucky enough to see and made a mental note to be more mindful of the little things.
The world’s problems are loud, obnoxious and hard but within the din are random moments of good. Small acts of kindness, your favourite song on the radio, rain on the window and lazy Sunday mornings…small things that soften the sharp angles of each day.
So, who needs a cup of tea? A deliciously aromatic London Fog latte, perhaps? Made with Earl Grey tea, this latte is a seductively sweet blend of bergamot, vanilla and in this recipe, lavender. Made slowly and deliberately, the London Fog is a delicious example of small moments coming together.
I admit to a healthy skepticism when I first heard about London Fog lattes. I drink my tea black so the idea of a milky, sweet brew was…unappealing. But, we have a rule in our house; you can so “no” to food but you have to try it first. Add this to the fact that Kara Newman at the Tasting Table said the drink was a little like drinking marshmallows and I was on board.
From the first plume of aromatic “fog” from my saucepan, I was seduced. Making it in a saucepan is indeed a more romantic and mindful experience but the maple infused coconut milk can be frothed using your espresso frother. Add freshly brewed Earl Grey tea gently infused with a lavender flower, a touch of vanilla and a pinch of salt and this dreamy cup is ready.
Add a deliciously lazy Sunday morning, the rain sliding down the window while your favourite song plays on the radio and you may just create a small moment worth remembering. Enjoy.
Deliciously Aromatic London Fog Latte
Yield 1 drink
My Deliciously Aromatic London Fog Latte includes a waft of lavender and a tiny pinch of salt to enhance the intoxicating Earl Grey and vanilla flavours.
- 125ml coconut milk
- 125 ml boiling water
- 1 good quality Earl Grey teabag or heaped teaspoon of loose leaf tea
- .5 (1/2) teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 small lavender flower or a .25 (1/4) teaspoon edible dried lavender
- .75 (3/4) tablespoon maple syrup
- a tiny pinch of sea salt
- Put the boiling water in to a saucepan with the Earl Grey tea bag or tea leaves and the lavender.
- Put the pot over low heat and leave for five minutes to steep. Taste in between to make sure the lavender hasn't become overpowering. Remove the flower when you are happy with the flavour.
- Meanwhile, add the coconut milk and maple syrup in another pot over low to medium heat and whisk for three minutes. Don't allow the milk to boil. If you are using an espresso frother, heat and froth until hot but not boiling.
- Add the salt and vanilla to the coconut milk and whisk for another minute or stir to combine.
- Strain the brewed tea in to the coconut milk and stir to combine.
- Pour the "latte" in to a cup or glass to serve. Allow to sit for a minute or two before drinking.
I use lavender from my garden as we don't spray or use chemicals. If you don't have untreated lavender, specialty stores have edible lavender. Also, some Early Grey tea mixes include lavender.