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A carbonated beverage

A drink, or beverage, is a liquid specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to basic needs, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

Types of beverage


Despite the fact that most beverages, including juice, soft drinks, and carbonated drinks, have some form of water in them; water itself is often not classified as a beverage, and the word beverage has been recurrently defined as not referring to water.

Essential to the survival of all organisms, water has historically been an important and life-sustaining drink to humans. Excluding fat, water composes approximately 70% of the human body by mass. It is a crucial component of metabolic processes and serves as a solvent for many bodily solutes. Health authorities have historically suggested at least eight glasses, eight fluid ounces each, of water per day (64 fluid ounces, or 1.89  litres), and the British Dietetic Association recommends 1.8 litres. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the average adult actually ingests 2.0 litres per day.

Distilled (pure) water is rarely found in nature. Spring water, a natural resource from which much bottled water comes, is generally imbued with minerals. Tap water, delivered by domestic water systems in developed nations, refers to water piped to homes through a tap. All of these forms of water are commonly drink, often purified through filtration.

Orange juice

Alcoholic beverages

An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of an alcohol includes many other compounds. Alcoholic beverages, such as wine and beer, have been part of human culture and development for 8,000 years.

Non-alcohol beverages

Non-alcoholic beverages are drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer and wine but are made with no more than .5 percent alcohol by volume. The category includes drinks that have undergone an alcohol removal process such as non-alcoholic beers and de-alcoholized wines.

  • Non-alcoholic variants:
    • Low alcohol beer
    • Non-alcoholic wine
    • Sparkling cider

Soft drinks

The name "soft drink" specifies a lack of alcohol by way of contrast to the term "hard drink" and the term "drink", the latter of which is nominally neutral but often carries connotations of alcoholic content. Beverages like colas, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, squash, and fruit punch are among the most common types of soft drinks, while hot chocolate, hot tea, coffee, milk, tap water, alcohol, and milkshakes do not fall into this classification. Many carbonated soft drinks are optionally available in versions sweetened with sugars or with non-caloric sweeteners.

Hot beverages

A cup of coffee
  • Hot beverages, including infusions. Sometimes drank chilled.
    • Coffee-based beverages
      • Cappuccino
      • Coffee
      • Espresso
      • Frappé
      • Flavored coffees ( mocha etc.)
      • Latte
    • Hot chocolate
    • Hot cider
    • Glühwein
    • Tea-based beverages
      • Flavored teas ( chai etc.)
      • Green tea
      • Pearl milk tea
      • Tea
    • Herbal teas
    • Roasted grain beverages ( Postum etc.)


Some substances may either be called food or drink, and accordingly be eaten with a spoon or drunk, depending on solid ingredients in it and on how thick it is, and on preference:

Measuring drinks

Unit fl. oz (UK) ml fl. oz (US) ml
dash 1/48 0.592 1/48 0.616
teaspoon 1/8 3.55 1/6 4.93
tablespoon 1/2 14.2 1/2 14.8
fluid ounce or pony 1 28.413 1 29.574
shot, bar glass or jigger 3/2 42.6 3/2 44.4
can of Coke 11.6 330 11.2 330
pint 20 568 16 473
bottle of spirits 24.6 700 23.7 700
bottle of wine 26.4 750 25.4 750
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