What’s Inside: This Dairy-free Lavender London Fog Latte recipe will change your life. It’s lightly floral, naturally sweetened flavor with a boost of caffeine will lift you up in all the ways! Plus, this is an AIP-friendly coffee alternative.
What is a London Fog Latte?
I’ve got your new summer drink and it’s been my OBSESSION ever since trying a Lavender London Fog latte for the very first time over a year ago at a fabulous cafe in LA. I was so obsessed, I teamed up with Blank Slate Tea here in NYC to create a HOT version a few years ago… and now that it’s gorgeous out, here I am making it iced at home!
What the heck is a London Fog latte you might be wondering? Well! It consists of milk and earl grey or black tea… this baby is a LAVENDER variation which is just divine. I’ve heard there is a London Fog Starbucks version with lavender but let’s skip the sugar and any other unknown ingredients because it’s SO easy to make at home, promise. I can’t wait for you to try this very popular and reader-fave tea latte recipe that will have you swooning with delight.
Is black tea AIP compliant?
Great news! Yes, black tea is AIP-compliant even with caffeine. But the key is to enjoy it in moderation and know thyself when it comes to caffeine. I tend to use decaf organic black or Earl grey tea myself. For this latte recipe to be fully AIP-compliant, be sure to use coconut or tigernut milk.
Using lavender as an ingredient
New to using lavender outside of a floral arrangement? Welcome. This is partly why I call this the life-changing Iced Lavender London Fog Latte. Because the lavender will rock your world!
Firstly, yes, you need to buy culinary lavender… it’s ok, do it. You’ll USE it, trust me, even if just for an addition to hot or iced teas like this one. And before you know it, you’ll be that person making Lavender lattes for everyone who comes to visit you!
Making lavender tea at home is so comforting, that’s the best way to describe the taste… like a cozy hug. In this iced recipe, we’ll use a homemade lavender concentrate you can make and store which I find to be much more potent, delish, and readily available for the iced version. But if you’re strapped for time (or patience) and can’t wait 1-hr for it to steep, you can simply steep 1-2 tsp. of the culinary lavender with the black tea in hot (not boiling) water.
“Okay, Alison, I’ll go all in and make the lavender concentrate… but what’s the deal with using it?”
Wise choice! 😂Use the lavender concentrate in lemonades, other iced teas, in coffee, or matcha… or just sip it heated at night for a nice relaxing treat. There are so many options. I’ve also mixed it with red raspberry leaf tea during the late stages of my pregnancy and hibiscus, it adds a great little extra something. Get as creative as you’d like! You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for approximately 2 weeks.
What kind of tea is used in a London Fog?
You can use black tea or Earl Grey. I love using black tea to let the lavender shine even more, but the Earl Grey is also super delish and the lavender compliments it nicely.
The best non-dairy milk (or “mylk”) to use for a Lavender London Fog Latte
I love using my homemade almond/coconut milk which is basically your average almond milk recipe but using half coconut water and water (ratio/recipe here) but you can use any unsweetened non-dairy milk you love. It won’t make or break this because the lavender is really the star. For AIP, use additive-free coconut or tigernut milk.
Recommended natural sweetener for your tea
There’s maple syrup in here, people! Just a TOUCH to really enhance that lavender. You can totally skip it or use raw honey or another preferred sweetener. Maple is my favorite though.
Watch how to make an Iced Lavender London Fog Latte
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Iced Lavender London Fog Latte Recipe
Iced Lavender London Fog Latte
- 4 cups cold filtered water
- 1/4 cup culinary lavender
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 black tea or Earl grey tea bags
- 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice (this helps to enhance lavender, you can skip if needed)
- 2/3 cup lavender concentrate (or lavender tea)
- 2/3 cup dairy-free mylk of choice (unsweetened almond or coconut tastes the best, use coconut or tigernut for AIP)
Make Lavender Concentrate
- Add lavender to a large mason jar (1-1.5 quarts). Over top, pour cold water, mix and cover. Let sit at room temp. for 1 hour to infuse.
- Strain the concentrate and store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 2-weeks.
- Let black or Earl grey tea steep for 5 mins in hot water and mix in sweetener to dissolve.
- Add ice to a 2 large glasses, and add 1/3 cup mylk and lavender concentrate over top in each glass.
- Pour 1/3 cup tea over top in each glass and with remaining tea, reserve in case you'd like it stronger or use it for another serving later!
- Serve immediately and enjoy.