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Beverages

For the act of consuming a beverage through the mouth, see Drinking.

A drink, or beverage, is a kind of liquid which is specifically prepared for human consumption. There are many types for drinks. They can be divided into various groups such as plain water, alcohol, non-alcoholic drinks, soft drinks (carbonated drinks), fruit or vegetable juices and hot drinks, such as hot chocolate. In addition to fulfilling a basic need, drinks form part of the culture of human society.

Alcohol

Main article: Alcoholic beverage

An alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains ethanol, commonly known as alcohol (although in chemistry the definition of "alcohol" includes many other compounds). Beer has been a part of human culture for 8,000 years.[1] In many countries, drinking alcoholic beverages in a local bar or pub is a cultural tradition.[2] Asian countries produce several varieties of alcoholic beverages (e.g. rice wine, Tongba a millet brew).

Non-alcoholic drinks

A non-alcoholic drink is one that contains little or no alcohol. This category includes low-alcohol beer, non-alcoholic wine, and apple cider if they contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

Soft drinks

Main article: Soft drink

The term "soft drink" specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to "hard drink" and "drink". The term "drink" is neutral but often denotes alcoholic content. Beverages such as soda pop, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, root beer, fruit punch, milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, milkshakes, and tap water and energy drinks are all soft drinks.

Fruit juice

Main article: Juice

Fruit juice is a natural product that contains few or no additives. Citrus products such as orange juice and tangerine juice are familiar breakfast drinks. Grapefruit juice, pineapple, apple, grape, lime, and lemon juice are also common. Coconut water is a highly nutritious and refreshing juice. Many kinds of berries are crushed and their juices mixed with water and sometimes sweetened. Raspberry, blackberry and currants are popular juices drinks but the percentage of water also determines their nutritive value. Juices were probably the earliest drinks besides water. Grape juice allowed to ferment produces wine. Orange juice and coconut water remain by far the most highly consumed juices.

Fruits are highly perishable so the ability to extract juices and store them was of significant value. Some fruits are highly acidic and mixing them with water and sugars or honey was often necessary to make them palatable. Early storage of fruit juices was labor intensive, requiring the crushing of the fruits and the mixing of the resulting pure juices with sugars before bottling.

Vegetable juice

Vegetable juice are usually served warm or cold. Different types of vegetables can be used to make vegetable juice such as carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and many more. Some vegetable juices are mixed with some fruit juice to taste better. Many popular vegetable juices, particularly ones with high tomato content, are high in sodium, and therefore consumption of them for health must be carefully considered. Some vegetable juices provide the same health benefits as whole vegetables in terms of reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Hot drinks


A hot drink is any beverage which is normally served heated, by the addition of a heated liquid, such as water or milk, or by directly heating the drink itself. Examples:

Miscellaneous

Some substances may be defined as either food or drink, and accordingly may be eaten with a spoon or drunk, depending upon their thickness and solutes.

Measurement

Unit Australia UK US
ml imp fl oz ml US fl oz ml
dash 1/48 0.592 1/48 0.616
teaspoon 5 1/8 3.55 1/6 4.93
tablespoon 20 1/2 14.2 1/2 14.8
fluid ounce, nip or pony 30 1 28.413 1 29.574
shot, bar glass or jigger 30 3/2 42.6 3/2 44.4
can of drink 375 11.6 330 12 355
pint 570 20 568 16 473
bottle of spirits 700 24.6 700 25.3 750
bottle of wine 750 26.4 750 25.3 750

See also

Drink portal

References

External links

  • Health-EU Portal - Alcohol
  • The Webtender - Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes and Bartending Guide
  • Cookbook

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