What is beverage and how it is classified?
The beverage is a drink artificially prepared and of an agreeable flavor. The word “Beverage” has been derived from the Latin word “bever”
Beverages play important roles in human culture. Common types of drinks including plain drinking water, milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, and soft drinks.
Classification of beverages
- Alcoholic beverage
- Non-alcoholic beverage
1. Alcoholic beverage
Alcohol has been widely consumed since prehistoric times by people around the world, as a component of the standard diet, for hygienic or medical reasons, for its relaxant and euphoric effects, for recreational purposes, for artistic inspiration, as aphrodisiacs, and for other reasons.
Alcoholic beverages can be addictive and the state of addiction to ethanol is known as alcoholism.
Alcoholic beverages can be classified as
Fermented Alcoholic Beverages :
In the fermentation process, certain yeasts decompose sugars, in the feedstock in the absence of oxygen, to form alcohol and carbon dioxide; a method for the production of ethanol, wine, and beer. Low alcohol content drinks are produced by fermentation of sugar or starch-containing products, and high-alcohol ones are produced by distillation of these low alcohol products.
Examples of fermented beverages are
Distilled Alcoholic beverages (Spirits):
The term “soft drink” specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to “hard drink” and “drink”. The term “drink” is theoretically neutral but often is used in a way that suggests alcoholic content. Drinks 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.
Some examples are:
- Aerated drinks
- Spring water/ Mineral water