25 June 2020 - American woman's tea recipe provokes British indignation
American woman's 'hot tea' recipe leaves people shocked: 'This hurt my soul'
Chelsea Ritschel (The Independent, 08/05/2020)
An American woman living in the UK has gone viral after sharing her sugar-laden recipe for “hot tea”.
This week, Michelle, who goes by the username @jchelle36 on TikTok, uploaded a clip to the site, where she said that she gets “a lot of questions about hot tea” so wanted to share her preferred recipe.
In the video, which has since been viewed more than 72,000 times, Michelle begins by explaining that she mixes “a lot of ingredients together” – before combining a recipe of instant tea, Tang orange mix, powdered lemonade, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
US woman sparks transatlantic tea war with brutal online brew
Archie Bland (The Guardian, 24/06/2020)
There have been more severe transatlantic bust-ups over a brew, such as the American Revolution, but few can have been quite so twee. Nearly 250 years after the Boston Tea Party, the British ambassador in Washington and her US counterpart in London are going at it over how to make a decent hot drink. And by Wednesday evening, the conflict was spilling over into mainland Europe.
Like many tense diplomatic standoffs, it began with a deliberate provocation. An American TikTok user going by the name of Michelle from North Carolina posted a video showing how to make what she describes as “hot tea”, which entails mixing milk with powdered lemonade, cinnamon, cloves, sugar and Tang, which turns out to be a soft drink.
UK ambassador teaches Americans how to make tea
Paul Dallison (Politico, 22/06/20)
The U.K.'s ambassador to the U.S. has weighed in on one of the key political issues of the day — how to make a cup of tea.
Karen Pierce took to Twitter on Monday evening with the following message: "The Anglo-American relationship is defined by tea and we've had a number of requests to show how to make a real cup of tea" — a reference to the Boston Tea Party that helped catalyze the American Revolution.
She then hands over to her "military advisers," members of the army, navy and air force who show how to make tea in both challenging and less challenging circumstances. The key message from the lesson is that you don't need a microwave to make tea.
Ambassadors weigh in on tea row after woman's shocking TikTok brew
(Sky News, 25/06/2020)
The US and UK ambassadors post videos explaining how to make the perfect cuppa on Twitter - but whose is best?
In what many (well, a few) are calling the "war of the cuppa", the British ambassador to the US and her counterpart in the UK have taken time out from their schedules to compete over how a perfect brew is made.
It comes after an American TikTok user called Michelle shared her interpretation of how "hot tea" is made.