I have always taken tea without milk. Normally, when you make up a cup of tea for someone, you only fill the mug about three quarters full from the kettle so that you can top up with milk. However, I sometimes find that people still leave this extra space when making me black tea, even though neither they nor I will be adding milk. Why?
Another drink that I sometimes ask for from time to time is hot squash — Ribena or something. Most people are happy to oblige, but it amazes me how often they serve it up in a glass rather than a mug. Obviously people are thinking “juice” rather than “hot”. C’m on, there are good practical reasons for having hot juice in a mug rather than a glass. For starters, a glass doesn’t have a handle, which makes it pretty uncomfortable to hold your drink in your hands when it’s still hot. It also leaves you looking like the odd one out when you’re in a group where everyone else is drinking tea.
What amazes me most, however, is that the people who do this considerably outnumber the people who get it right. Sure, I may have rather quirky tastes in drinks, but don’t people ever stop and think about this when someone asks them for something like that?