I keep thinking this may be The Two Georges, but I can’t find my copy anywhere.
I’m fairly sure this was from an alternate history where the US was still part of the British empire. I think this scene took place in Boston, which would have been appropriate, but I can’t remember if it was something Bostonians do, or everybody in the US.
Basically, everybody sprinkles a pinch of salt into their tea in remorseful remembrance of the failed rebellion.
I don’t remember anything else, I just remember this scene. Men sitting around a fire, sprinkling the salt, raising their cups to the Queen.
What book is this from?