I’ve been travelling to London a lot for work recently, and can vouch for the continued subsistence of the famous London fog. There are few feelings more evocative of classic British dramas than those of walking over London Bridge, trench-coat tightly belted, with the view of the Thames largely obscured by the swirling mists. While the millions of chimneys no longer belch out the sulphur dioxide that gave the smog of the 1950s its poisonous edge, this drink’s namesake is still alive and well.
Those of you living a fair way from London this winter can recreate the effect by making the following drink, holding it up to the light and imagining you are surrounded by its vapours:
- Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
- Add 30ml London dry gin, 60ml chilled water and 30ml pastis.
- Stir well and top with ice.
- Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
London Fog is also a non-alcoholic hot drink made with Earl Grey, steamed milk and vanilla syrup and a pea and ham soup (recipe not included):
- Make an Earl Grey concentrate by steeping one teabag in half a cup of boiling water for 4 minutes.
- Warm half a cup of milk.
- Combine the tea concentrate and warm milk.
- Add a dash of vanilla syrup.
London Fog may also be familiar from a series three episode of Mad Men where Don and Sal come up with a new tagline – “Limit your exposure” for the American-based waterproof coat maker.