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London Fog Drink (Tea Latte)

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This London Fog drink is a delicious tea latte, and makes an excellent alternative to coffee if you’re trying to cut back on caffeine. This recipe is a little healthier than the version from Starbucks, made without refined sugar or cream.

What is a London Fog?

London Fog is a drink made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and sugar. Starbucks makes it by adding vanilla syrup to the drink, so I’ve included a splash of vanilla in my version, too.

How Much Caffeine is in a London Fog?

The caffeine in a London Fog will vary based on the type of tea you use. The average 8 oz. cup of Earl Grey tea has roughly 45-50mg of caffeine, but there are decaf versions available if you’d prefer a caffeine-free drink.

earl grey tea in a mug

Keep in mind that the longer you brew the tea, the more caffeine it will have. According to this chart, Earl Grey tea can have anywhere from 14mg of caffeine (when brewed for just 1 minute) to 47mg (when brewed for 5 minutes.)

What does a London Fog taste like?

If you love the flavor of Earl Grey tea, you’ll love the taste of a London Fog. It tastes like a sweet vanilla latte, with savory hints of floral black tea swirled through it.

london fog drink in a mug with a spoon

Earl Grey tea gets its signature flavor from the addition of bergamot, which is a bitter citrus fruit found all over Europe. Thanks to its complex bitter & floral flavor, I find it to be a satisfying alternative to coffee.

How to Make a Healthy London Fog Drink

Similar to my Instant Vegan Latte (which is made with coffee), you can make a healthy London Fog using dates as a sweetener and a spoonful of almond butter for creaminess. It might sound strange adding these two ingredients to your tea, but when you blend them together they become a magical latte!

london fog ingredients in a blender

What I love about this method is that you don’t need to buy a special non-dairy creamer, or even make your own homemade almond milk. Those would just dilute the flavor of this drink, anyway. You get maximum flavor by adding the sweetness and creaminess directly to the tea. No extra liquid needed!

blended london fog

london fog drink in a mug
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London Fog Drink (Tea Latte)

This London Fog drink is an easy & healthy recipe you can make at home. This Earl Grey tea latte is dairy-free and naturally-sweetened!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword latte, tea
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 166kcal



  • Prepare the Earl Grey tea by pouring 8 to 12 ounces of boiling water over the tea bags in a mug. I like to use 2 tea bags for an extra-strong tea flavor, but you can use just 1 bag if you prefer a more mild drink. Cover the mug with a tea saucer, to lock in the heat.
  • After the tea has brewed for 3 to 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and pour the hot tea into a blender. Add in the dates, almond butter, and vanilla, and blend until very smooth and creamy.
  • If you have a powerful blender, like the Vitamix, you can pour the mixture directly into your mug and drink it right away, as the dates should be totally pulverized. If you are using a regular blender, I recommend holding a fine mesh strainer over your mug as you pour the blended mixture into your cup, so the strainer will catch any stray pieces of dates. (You don't want chunks in your drink!)
  • Serve the hot tea latte right away and enjoy.



Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Per cup: Calories: 166, Fat: 2g, Carbohydrates: 37g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 1g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you don’t have dates on hand, feel free to use another natural sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup to taste. I use two dates in this recipe to create the sweetness I remember in the original drink, but feel free to use only 1 date, if you prefer something less-sweet.
  • If you don’t want to use almond butter, you can experiment with any other nut butter, or try a spoonful of coconut cream for another non-dairy alternative. Just keep in mind that substitutions will change the flavor a bit.

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried a London Fog before? Let me know what you think about this version in the comments below!

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can’t wait to try this! Can I use date syrup instead of whole dates?


Thank you for sharing! I just made this and it’s delicious.


I haven’t had a London Fog in years, but I just made this and it’s ah-mazing. I think I might end up drinking this on a daily basis! Thanks for the idea.


I just made this using an English Breakfast tea, and it tastes SO good! I can’t believe how creamy it gets with just the little bit of almond butter.

Beck Beck

Actually, Starbucks Earl Grey tea bags have Bergamot AND Lavender, and many indie shops will add Lavender syrup when they add Vanilla. Simply adding Vanilla to Earl Grey is not a proper London Fog.

Also, there is not a single Starbucks in my city that knows how to make a London Fog! I’ve gotten variations where they just gave me a big cup of steamed milk w a teabag and syrup added, or where they’ve used regular black tea because they say all black tea is the same. It seems that my favorite drink is also the bane of my existence as it is so incredibly difficult to find anyone who can prepare it correctly.

    Megan Gilmore

    I’ll have to figure out how to make lavender syrup someday! We didn’t have that when I worked as a barista in college, so this is going off my memory from over 10 years ago. 🙂 I did find some Earl Grey tea bags with lavender today at the store, so I’m excited to give those a shot in this, too.


      Wow this is so yummy! I realized I didn’t have any almond butter so subbed peanut butter and it was delicious! It tasted just like a London fog… I also couldn’t find the vanilla but don’t think it affected the taste too much. This will probably be replacing my morning coffee. Thanks for another fab recipe 😊


Allergic to all tree nuts. Would sunflower butter work or would that be too strong? Pretty sure peanut butter tea is a no go. LOL

    Megan Gilmore

    It’s worth a shot! Someone did try it with peanut butter today and said it was good, so you never know until you try I guess! 🙂


I personally don’t put anything hot in plastic (the blender is plastic) do you think o could do this once the tea has cooled a bit and then re-warm it?

    Megan Gilmore

    Sure, of course!


    That’s what I did! I brewed the tea in my cup, and let it sit for a little while. Then I dropped the dates, almond butter and vanilla into the cup to help cool the tea down, before adding to the blender.. After blending, it was lukewarm, but still delicious.


Just tried. Substituted figs for dates. YummY!


Made this with chai tea because I was out of earl grey. So great! So creamy! Thanks for another great recipe Megan!


Looks yummy. I made the coffee version the other day. I’ll try this too. I don’t mind bits of dates though!


So yummy! Love my new morning latte! I used decaf earl grey and 1 tsp cashew butter. Next time I will try using one date instead of two. Thanks!

Michelle Rodriguez

This is the BEST London Fog!!! Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been trying to find a good London Fog at all our local coffee shops to no avail. This one is by far better than any I’ve tried and is so easy to make! I will now be making my own London Fog daily!!


I did an elimination diet and ever since coffee just doesn’t taste the same so I’m in love with black tea now. This is so delicious! I think it’s better than the London Fog I got at my local coffee shop. I’m also using the almond butter I made from your recipe too 🙂


Loved it!!! Now I want to try this drink with different types of tea… Rooibos is next!
Thanks for sharing


Never heard of this tea recipe before, but it sounds interesting! Also, love the mug in your photos, where did you get it from?


So creamy and delish. I didn’t have almond butter so I used sunflower butter and it came out perfect. Thanks!


Delicious treat in the morning and complimented my fruit (and spinach)smoothie for breakfast!

Tara N

Holy kaw! This is delicious! I made it with homemade cashew butter. With two dates, it was almost too sweet. I might try one next time. Home run!


Hello there! Unfortunately I’m out of almond butter and I really wanna try this. Have you ever tried it with peanut butter? That’s all I have at the moment.

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