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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.
In the food context, a beverage is a drink that is consumed for refreshment or to quench thirst. Beverages can be made from a wide variety of ingredients, including water, juice, milk, tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.
Some examples of common beverages include:
- Water: The most basic and essential beverage, consumed for hydration and to maintain bodily functions.
- Juice: Beverages made from the juice of fruits or vegetables, which can be consumed on their own or as mixers in cocktails or other beverages.
- Soft drinks: Carbonated beverages made from water, sugar, and flavorings, such as cola, lemon-lime soda, and ginger ale.
- Tea: Beverages made from steeping tea leaves in hot water, which can be served hot or cold and can include varieties such as black tea, green tea, and herbal tea.
- Coffee: Beverages made from brewing roasted coffee beans in hot water, which can include varieties such as espresso, cappuccino, and iced coffee.
- Milk: Beverages made from milk or milk alternatives, which can be consumed on their own or used in coffee, tea, or other beverages.
- Alcoholic beverages: Beverages made from fermented or distilled ingredients that contain alcohol, such as beer, wine, and spirits.
Similar things to beverages include:
- Smoothies: Beverages made from blending fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients, often with a liquid base such as juice or milk.
- Energy drinks: Beverages that contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants, intended to provide a burst of energy.
- Sports drinks: Beverages that contain electrolytes and carbohydrates, intended to replenish fluids and nutrients lost during exercise.
- Herbal infusions: Beverages made by steeping herbs or flowers in hot water, which can be consumed for their medicinal properties or for flavor.
- Syrups: Concentrated sweeteners made from sugar or other sweeteners, which can be used to flavor beverages such as sodas, lemonades, and cocktails.