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Drinks, or beverages, are liquids specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to basic needs, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

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 drunk, often purified through filtration.

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, beer, and liquor have been part of human culture and development for 8,000 years.

Non-alcoholic beverages often signify drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer and wine but are made with less 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.

Drink and Beverage WikiProjects

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WikiProject Food & Drink is an association of Wikipedians with an interest in culinary-related subjects. They have come together to co-ordinate the development of food and drink articles here on Wikipedia as well as the many subjects related to food such as foodservice, catering and restaurants. If you wish to learn more about these subject as well as get involved, please visit the Food & Drink Wikiproject page to see how you can help!

Beyond the general culinary interests, several groups of Wikipedians have banded together for beverage-specific projects covering their favorite types of drinks. If any of these subjects pique your interest, please feel free to visit their projects. These groups would love you to have you participate!

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WP:Beer
WP:Pubs
WP:C&T
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WP:Wine
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Bartending
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Beer
Pubs
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Beverages
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Spirits
WikiProject
Wine

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A cup of Earl Grey tea
Tea refers to the agricultural product of the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of Camellia sinensis, prepared and cured by various methods. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from such cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water[1] and the colloquial name for the Camellia sinensis plant itself.

Tea is the most widely-consumed beverage after water.[2] It has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour.[3]

The four types of tea most commonly found on the market are black tea, oolong tea, green tea and white tea.[4] Pu-erh tea is also often classified as among the most popular types of tea.[5]

The term "herbal tea" usually refers to an infusion or tisane of fruit or herbs that contains no Camellia sinensis.[6] The term "red tea" refers to an infusion made from the rooibos plant, also containing no Camellia sinensis.

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Frederick Edward John Miller
Frederick Miller
B. November 24, 1824 – d. May 11, 1888

Frederick Edward John Miller, born as "Friedrich Eduard Johannes Müller" in Riedlingen, Germany, was a brewery owner who founded the Miller Brewing Company in 1855. He learned the brewing business in Sigmaringen.

Miller founded his company, Miller Brewing Company, 1855 when he purchased the small Plank-Road Brewery. The brewery's location in the Miller Valley provided easy access to raw materials produced on nearby farms.

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Kola Nut — pod and seeds
Kola nut (Cola) is a genus of about 125 species of trees native to the tropical rainforests of Africa, classified in the family Malvaceae, subfamily Sterculioideae (or treated in the separate family Sterculiaceae). It is related to the South American genus Theobroma (Cacao). They are evergreen trees, growing to 20 m tall, with glossy ovoid leaves up to 30 cm long.

Kola was used to make cola soft drinks, though today most of these mass-produced beverages use artificial flavourings. Some exceptions are Barr's Red Kola, Red Bull's new Simply Cola, Harboe Original Taste Cola, Foxon Park Kola, Blue Sky Organic Cola, Whole Foods Market 365 Cola, Sprecher's Puma Kola, Virgil's Real Cola, and Cricket Cola, the latter being made from kola nuts and green tea. In 2007, United Kingdom supermarket Tesco introduced an American Premium Cola that uses kola nuts, spices and vanilla.

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Where I go, I hope there's rum
Jimmy Buffett
Volcano 
from the album Volcano (1977)
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...that when Ted Hough was signed by Southampton Football Club, his "transfer fee" was a round of 52 pints of beer?
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General topics: Bartending  • Bottling • Refrigeration
Alcoholic beverages: Beer • Brandy • Brewing • Caffeinated alcoholic drinks • Cocktails • Distillation • Fermentation • Liqueur • Proof • Schnapps • Vodka • Whiskey • Wine
Soft Drinks: Carbonation • Coffee • Cola • Juice • Root beer • Soda water • Lithia water • Steeping • Tea


  1. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary
  2. ^ Alan Macfarlane; Iris Macfarlane. The Empire of Tea. The Overlook Press. p. 32. ISBN 1-58567-493-1. 
  3. ^ {{cite book |author=Penelope Ody, |title=Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs |publisher=Dorling Kindersley Publishing |location=New York, NY |year= |pages=48 |isbn=0-7894-6785-2 |oclc= |doi=}
  4. ^ Four Types of Tea
  5. ^ Tea types and tea varieties
  6. ^ Dictionary.com search Herbal tea URL accessed February 15, 2007.