In Blighty we are always getting out our promotional mugs for a good old brew and the same seems to be true of India where tea is being declared the national drink.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that the hot beverage will be made the national drink to celebrate the life of a pioneering tea-planter who was hanged by British colonial rulers for his role in a rebellion.

“The drink would be accorded national drink status by April 17th next year to coincide with the 212th birth anniversary of first Assamese tea-planter and Sepoy Mutiny leader Maniram Dewan,” Ahluwalia said.

By naming tea the national beverage the nation also recognises its rich tea growing history.

In India tea is drunk in much the same way it is here – with milk and plenty of sugar. However, some people opt to flavour theirs with spicy cardamom.

We think we'll have a well-earned cup of tea to help celebrate the news. It would be rude not too!

Tea to be declared India's national drink, New York Daily News, April 22nd

Posted by Carl Blackshaw