Forget the gloomy skies and brisk London air—bring the essence of a cozy English café right to your kitchen with this irresistibly creamy and comforting London Fog Frappuccino.
Made with luscious Earl Grey tea, a touch of vanilla sweetness, and a dreamy whipped cream swirl, this frozen delight is sure to chase away the winter blues and tantalize your taste buds.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Perfectly captures the essence of a classic London Fog latte in a refreshing, iced form.
- Homemade Frappuccino base syrup ensures a smooth and decadent texture, just like your favorite coffee shop version.
- Ready in mere minutes – the perfect pick-me-up for busy mornings or a delightful afternoon treat.
- Customizable to your taste: adjust the sweetness, add a drizzle of caramel, or get creative with toppings!
- Homemade Frappuccino base syrup: This is the magic potion that gives your Frappuccino its signature Starbucks-like smoothness. Whip up a batch beforehand and you’ll be ready to blend up frosty goodness in no time.
- Earl Grey tea: The star of the show! Use any Earl Grey tea brand you love, but keep in mind that Starbucks uses a blend with vanilla and lavender notes.
- Milk: Whole milk will create the creamiest Frappuccino, but any type you prefer works beautifully.
- Sweetened condensed milk: This adds sweetness and body to the drink, eliminating the need for granulated sugar.
- Ice: Smaller cubes blend more easily, resulting in a silky-smooth texture.
- Whipped cream: The ultimate finishing touch! Make your own with heavy cream and a touch of sweetness, or grab a pre-made can for ultimate convenience.
- Steep the Earl Grey tea: Let the rich flavors infuse in hot water for a fragrant and flavorful base.
- Whip up the cream: Using a handheld milk frother or whisk, transform heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk into luscious, pillowy clouds.
- Blend it all together: Combine chilled tea, milk, ice, Frappuccino base syrup, and a touch of vanilla in your trusty blender. Blend until perfectly smooth and frosty.
- Pour and top: Fill a glass with your blissful creation and swirl on that dreamy whipped cream. Garnish with a drizzle of caramel or a sprinkle of your favorite toppings, and prepare to be swept away to a land of cozy contentment.
- Invest in a blender tamper: This nifty tool helps break up ice and ensures a super-smooth Frappuccino every time.
- Skip the fancy loose leaf: Tea bags are perfectly suitable for Frappuccinos, and save you the hassle of straining.
- Ice order matters: Add liquids first, then ice, for optimal blending.
- Whipping wisdom: The longer you whisk the cream, the stiffer it becomes. Customize it to your desired cloud-like texture.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Over-steeping the tea: This can lead to bitterness. Five minutes is the sweet spot for perfectly balanced flavor.
- Skimping on the ice: Don’t be shy! Ice is key to achieving that perfectly chilled and refreshing Frappuccino texture.
- Forgetting the whipped cream: This delightful topping is the crowning glory of the drink. Don’t miss out!
Storing and Preserving
- Leftover Frappuccino base syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Once blended, your Frappuccino is best enjoyed fresh. Any leftovers will start to separate, but can be briefly revived with a quick blitz in the blender.
- Did you know the name “London Fog” likely originated from the drink’s steamy appearance resembling a foggy London morning?
- While Starbucks offers hot and iced London Fog lattes, this Frappuccino version is a delightful homemade creation.
Questions You May Have
1. Can I use loose leaf Earl Grey tea?
Absolutely! Use 2 tablespoons of loose leaf tea instead of 2 tea bags.
2. Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, Earl Grey tea contains caffeine. Enjoy responsibly!
Easy Homemade London Fog FrappuccinoCourse: Drinks
A refreshing frozen Earl Grey tea latte, perfect for a summer day.
- Steep the tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags and chill the tea in the refrigerator (optional).
- Make the whipped cream: whisk the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk until soft peaks form.
- Blend the chilled tea, milk, condensed milk, ice, and Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.
- Use any type of milk you like, but whole milk will make the drink creamier. Note that Starbucks uses 2% milk.
- You can use loose leaf tea instead of tea bags, but be sure to strain it before adding it to the blender.
- Don't add the ice to the blender first. Add the liquids first, then the ice.
- For a sweeter drink, add more Frappuccino base syrup or condensed milk.