The beverage is the potable drinks which have thirst quenching, refreshing, stimulating and nourishing qualities. Any potable liquid which is alcoholic or non-alcoholic is known as a beverage. The beverage is mainly consumed to quench thirst, feel fresh, to compensate the loss of body fluid due to perspiration.
Non- alcoholic beverages have become a way of life. We start with the morning tea; carried through the morning and afternoon with a cup full of coffee. Refresh ourselves with carbonated drinks at the end of dining day or at the party and finally, go to bed with a warm nourishing drink. This aspect of the person life is fully understood and propagated by hotels and restaurant. It is essential to know a little about this beverage as they add a sizeable contribution to the establishment’s profit.
Non-Alcoholic Beverages can be broadly classified into three types as:
Stimulating beverages contain a stimulating ingredient called caffeine which stimulates the in its work.
History: Tea was discovered by an accident over 5000 years ago when leaves from tea bush accidently dropped into some boiling water and delicately flavored the liquid. It is believed that that the origins of tea were from China where the tea plant was introduced from as unknown source. The East India Company introduced it into India around the 17th century and tea became a popular drink in India and Europe through London.
Definition: Tea is a non-alcoholic and aromatic beverage drunk hot by boiling water, adding tea leaves to it and stirring till the water imbibes the color and flavor. Milk is added to sugar with taste.
Ice tea has a similar process except that one can add or not add milk and refrigerate the mixture.
History: It is thought that the energizing effect of the coffee bean plant was first recognized in Yemen in Arabia and the north-east of Ethiopia and the cultivation of coffee first expanded in the Arab world. The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen in southern Arabia. From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas.
The origins of coffee are mysterious but many tropical countries have a thriving coffee trade. Brazil is the world’s largest grower of coffee, Columbia is second, the Ivory Coast third, and Indonesia fourth. Other countries such as Angola, Zaire, India, etc. also produce high-quality coffee in huge quantity.
Definition: Coffee is a brewed drink with distinct aroma and flavor, prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds found inside “berries” of the coffee plant . Some varieties of coffee are:
Refreshing beverages actually refresh our body. These can be categorized as;
These are charged or aerated with carbonic gas and comprise a combination of water, gas, sugar, and artificial essence. Common essence used belongs to the citrus family –e.g. lemonade and orangeade. The flavorings found in different aerated waters are imported from various essence. Example:
It should be noted that syrups are available as flavoring agents for cold milk shaken and milk drinks.
Service of syrup: they are never served as drinks in their own right but generally served as flavors for cocktails, fruit cup, milk and long drinks.
We usually associate nourishing drinks with fresh juices or milk. Amongst drinks with fruit juices are fresh and tinned orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and lime; while tomato juice is the loner from the vegetable family. As regards milk based nourishing drinks we have popular cocoa based drinks like drinking chocolate, Ovaltine and Bournvita. These are sweetened powder mixes that dissolve readily in milk to give rich cocoa flavor.
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