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Ceylon Fog, Lavender Milk Tea Recipe

Updated: 4 days ago

Our take on a "London Fog" with a Ceylon tea base

Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon Fog, Lavender Milk Tea Recipe our take on a London Fog

A delightful milk tea latte recipe with Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon Black Tea, lavender syrup and vanilla bean paste. Our premium black tea has a bold flavor and deep amber hue, its natural floral notes pairs well with the lavender syrup and rich vanilla beans. Frothy milk makes for extra indulgence.

An easy and quick recipe using tea bags, store-bought lavender syrup and vanilla bean paste.

FLAVORS: This Ceylon Fog, Lavender Milk Tea recipe is creamy like a latte, with rich black tea, background floral notes of lavender, and comforting vanilla. Just sweet enough to bring forward all the flavors.

global map of Sri Lanka
Map showing Sri Lanka.

London Fog tea lattes are traditionally made with Earl Gray tea. Our take highlights one of the world's main exporters of tea, Sri Lanka, which was formerly named Ceylon under British colonial rule. Although the name, Ceylon, is still often referred to the black tea we use today. The British began the tea industry in Sri Lanka, but even after Sri Lanka's independence, tea has become a large part of Sri Lankan exports and its economy.

With our Hendrick's Tea House third-generation tea blend, we honor our complex Sri Lankan history with our own version of a drink originally named after England's capital, London. This Ceylon Fog Lavender Milk Tea recipe presents a teacup full of a wonderful pairing of flavors. We hope our grandfather, Hendrick Mallikage, would be proud! And, we hope you enjoy this tea latte just as much, if not more, than its Earl Gray counterpart.

Fun fact: although one may associate "London" with "fog" and "Sri Lanka" with "tropical warm weather," the higher elevations of Sri Lanka can get much cooler, and occasionally have fog.


Recipe: Ceylon Fog, Lavender Milk Tea

Makes: 2 Servings

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan Option, Dairy Free Option

Difficulty: Easy  Prep & Cook Time: 5 mins   Total Time: 5 mins


3 tea bags of Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon black tea

2 cups hot water

1 cup milk  of choice (we recommend something creamy, like whole milk or extra creamy almond/oat milk)

3 tablespoons lavender syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Kitchen Items:

2 heat proof pitchers (at least 2-cup size)

2 heat proof serving mugs (at least 12 oz size)

1 Kettle to boil water

1 spoon

(optional) milk frother

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  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Turn off the heat right as the boiling begins.

  2. Take out a large heat proof pitcher (at least 2-cups or 16oz size), and place 3 tea bags of Hendrick's Tea House Ceylon Black Tea into the pitcher.

  3. Carefully pour the boiling water over the tea bags. Seep for 3 min.

    1. Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the three tea bags from the pitcher. Lift the tea bags onto a spoon and twist the tea bag string around the bags to gently squeeze the leftover super-steeped liquid out of the tea bags & into your pitcher. Then, discard the tea bags.

      1. Want to be eco friendly? You can allow the tea bags to cool, open the tea bags and place the used tea granules in garden soil.

    2. Note: You’ll know the tea is steeped when you see a dark amber color and you can smell the tea's floral notes with a bright black-tea scent. (Remember, the tea should be strong because it will be diluted with milk).

  4. In a separate microwave-safe pitcher (at least 2-cups or 16oz size), pour 1 cup of milk. Then, heat in the microwave for 40 seconds on high.

  5. To the warm milk pitcher, add 3 tablespoons of lavender syrup, and ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste. Then, mix with a frother until thick and foamy, or mix with a spoon to evenly combine the ingredients.

    1. Note: The purple lavender syrup will give a very slight purple tint to the milk, but it may not be noticeable. You can use the clear lavender syrup instead, if desired (see Affiliate Link section above).

  6. Go back to the tea pitcher and divide the tea into two serving mugs.

  7. Then, with the milk pitcher, pour the lavender-vanilla-milk into each glass. You can hold the foam back with a spoon as the milk pours, and then top off the glasses by scooping the foam with the spoon (see images below).

  8. Enjoy the Ceylon Fog, Lavender Milk Tea!

    1. Don't want to share the second serving? Chill it in the fridge for an iced version later that day!

  9. Want to top it with an even more decadent Lavender Cream Foam instead? Check out our recipe here.

Let us know what you think! Do you prefer a lighter tea taste and a more milky Ceylon Fog? Or is this bold tea-forward recipe just right? Comment below or over our social media.

*Disclosure: Please note, some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links, and if you use them to make a purchase, Hendrick’s Tea House will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Know that we also link these products because of their quality and not solely because of the commission received from your purchases.

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