London Fog Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The London Fog cocktail is a modern twist on the classic Earl Grey tea. It was created in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has gained popularity in recent years. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy the taste of Earl Grey tea and want to experience it in a new and exciting way.

  • Originated in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • A modern twist on the classic Earl Grey tea
  • Gaining popularity in recent years

How London Fog Tastes?

The London Fog cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, creamy, and slightly citrusy flavors. The Earl Grey tea provides a subtle, floral undertone, while the addition of vanilla and lavender syrup adds a touch of sweetness. The steamed milk gives it a rich, velvety texture, making it a perfect drink for a cozy evening.

Interesting facts about London Fog

  • The name 'London Fog' is a nod to the famous British weather, known for its foggy and rainy days
  • The cocktail is sometimes referred to as an 'Earl Grey Tea Latte'
  • The London Fog can also be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic beverage by simply omitting the gin


  • Earl grey tea: 1
  • Hot water: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Gin: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Steamed milk: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Vanilla syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lavender syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)

A few good options for London Fog are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Earl Grey Tea

Made with black tea leaves and a citrus-y hint of bergamot, Earl Grey tea is the sophisticated backbone of our London Fog cocktail. It adds depth and whispers of fruitiness that merge splendidly with the botanicals in the gin. Miss it out, and you're left with a milky gin mess – quite the hiccup in your sipping experience!

Alex Green

Hot Water

It's the simple things that matter – 6 oz of hot water is just right to brew a strong and flavorful cup without diluting the tea's personality too much. Less would leave you with an overly intense Earl Grey, overshadowing our other delicate dance partners.

Emma Rose


1.5 oz of gin swings in with herbal and flower notes that playfully intertwine with the Earl Grey. It's a spirited addition, making sure the cocktail has a lilting kick to it. Too much gin, and you'll set the fog ablaze. Too little, and you might as well call it a misty day.

Mary Mitkina

Steamed Milk

2 oz of steamed milk - which when introduced into the company of Earl Grey feels like a cloud marrying a sunset. Not only does it add creaminess, but it provides a canvas for the vanilla and lavender. Skimp on the milk, and the drink will lack body, pour too much and you'll be wading through a dairy fog instead of sipping on one.

Alex Green

Vanilla Syrup

Pouring in 0.5 oz of vanilla syrup is akin to adding a sweet whisper to a meaningful conversation. It enhances the bouquet with a warm, sugary smile, without the syrup the drink would lose its sweetness - leaving the cocktail feeling incomplete. Overdo it, and you've got candy in a cup.

Emma Rose

Lavender Syrup

Lastly, 0.5 oz of lavender syrup is the floral fanfare that defines the London Fog. It’s a delicate yet distinct flavor that should be used judiciously. Too much and you're drinking perfume, too little and you'll miss the garden stroll your palate deserves.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make London Fog Drink

  1. Brew the Earl Grey tea
    • Steep 1 Earl Grey tea bag in 6 oz of hot water for 3-5 minutes
    • Remove the tea bag and set aside
  2. Add the gin, vanilla syrup, and lavender syrup to the tea
    • Stir gently to combine
  3. Steam the milk
    • Heat 2 oz of milk in a saucepan or using a milk frother until it reaches a frothy consistency
  4. Pour the steamed milk into the tea mixture
    • Gently stir to combine
  5. Serve in a heat-resistant glass or mug
    • Garnish with a sprig of lavender or a lemon twist, if desired

Pro Tips

  • Steep the tea for the full 5 minutes for a stronger Earl Grey flavor
  • Use a milk frother for a creamier texture
  • Add a lemon twist for a hint of citrus

Perfect Pairings

Savory Snacks

  • Cheese plates: A rich cheese platter with creamy brie, sharp cheddar, and tangy goat cheese complements the floral and vanilla notes of the London Fog.
  • Shortbread cookies: The buttery flavors of shortbread cookies resonate well with the smooth, milky texture of the cocktail.


  • Vanilla bean scones: These pair perfectly with the vanilla notes in the cocktail.
  • Lavender honey cake: The lavender in the cake will amplify the same herbaceous notes present in the cocktail.

Other Drinks

  • Coffee: Having a slightly bitter coffee on the side could contrast well with the sweet and floral London Fog cocktail.

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What you could change in London Fog

  • Substitute Earl Grey tea with any other black tea
  • Replace gin with vodka for a different flavor profile
  • Use honey instead of vanilla and lavender syrup for a natural sweetener

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London Smog

Swap the gin for a smoky whiskey and add a dash of bitters to create what's known colloquially as a 'London Smog'. The whiskey will introduce a whole new level of depth and smokiness, making for a more intense, evening-ready beverage.

Ingredients: Replace gin with whiskey, add a dash of bitters. Recipe: Brew tea, add whiskey, vanilla and lavender syrup, then steamed milk, and finally a dash of bitters. Flavor Profile: Smokier and bolder with a more robust finish.

Vegan Mist

For a dairy-free delight, use almond or oat milk instead of dairy milk, and ensure your syrups are vegan-friendly. The nutty or oaty alteration adds a unique earthiness that subtly shifts the cocktail’s profile.

Ingredients: Substitute steamed milk with almond/oat milk. Recipe: Same as London Fog, but with the milk alternative. Flavor Profile: Earthy undertones with a lighter, more refreshing finish.

Herbal Zephyr

Add a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme to the mix, along with a teaspoon of honey. The fresh herbs will impart a piquant note that's beautifully refreshing.

Ingredients: Add fresh herbs and honey. Recipe: Brew tea, infuse with herbs for a minute, remove, then add gin, syrups, and steamed milk. Drizzle with honey. Flavor Profile: A more complex herbal layer with a natural sweet finish.

In case you forgot basics how to make London Fog

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on London Fog

What type of gin works best with the London Fog cocktail?

While any type of gin can be used, choosing a high-quality London dry gin can enhance the botanical flavors in the cocktail.

What is the strength or alcohol content of London Fog cocktail?

The strength of the cocktail will vary depending on how much gin you choose to add. The classic recipe contains 1.5 oz of gin, which is about one shot.

Can I serve the London Fog cocktail cold?

This cocktail is traditionally enjoyed warm due to its comforting Earl Grey tea base. However, if you prefer, you can chill the tea and serve it as a cold cocktail.

What kind of glassware should I use for a London Fog cocktail?

A London Fog is usually served in a heat-resistant glass or mug, but you can also use a stemmed glass, such as a wine glass or a goblet, for a more sophisticated presentation.

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