The Story Behind The Clarified London Fog
As a variation of the Clarified Milk Punch, prepping the London Fog cocktail begins with making the milk punch itself, which combines Earl Grey tea with a medley of citrus fruit juices and vanilla syrup for a bit of sweetness. Once the tea and juice mixture combines with the milk, curds will form, at which point the punch mixture is finely strained. Don’t fret if the first pour doesn’t come out clear. According to Dennison, it may take several rounds before the drink is fully clear.
The special thing about this cocktail is that it does not call for a specific base spirit, though rum, whiskey, and sweet vermouth are all great options. Given the open-ended nature of the cocktail’s base, the Clarified London Fog is perfect for whipping up in large batches and serving alongside a selection of spirits for your guests to build their own at your next holiday gathering.
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*Vanilla Syrup Ingredients
- 8 cups sugar
- 4 cups water
- 1 vanilla bean, halved and deseeded
*Vanilla Syrup Directions
- Combine sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Pour into a quart container and stir in the vanilla bean seeds and pod for extra flavor.
- Seal the container and allow to sit for 12 hours before using.