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Tea is the second‑most‑consumed drink in the world, after water.

A drink (or beverage) is a liquid intended for human consumption. In addition to their basic function of satisfying thirst, drinks play important roles in human culture. Common types of drinks include plain drinking water, milk, juice, smoothies and soft drinks. Traditionally warm beverages include coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Caffeinated drinks that contain the stimulant caffeine have a long history.

In addition, alcoholic drinks such as wine, beer, and liquor, which contain the drug ethanol, have been part of human culture for more than 8,000 years. Non-alcoholic drinks often signify drinks that would normally contain alcohol, such as beer, wine and cocktails, but are made with a sufficiently low concentration of alcohol by volume. The category includes drinks that have undergone an alcohol removal process such as non-alcoholic beers and de-alcoholized wines. (Full article...)

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The ingredients to make the perfect martini
The ingredients to make the perfect martini
The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. A popular variation, the vodka martini, uses vodka instead of gin for the cocktail's base spirit. (Full article...)

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  • ... that Jewish-Russian Zinaida Vengerova, a pioneer in Russian decadence, allowed a circle of intellectuals to drink her blood in a ritual described as anti-Semitic?
  • ... that Phil Elverum recorded Don't Wake Me Up nocturnally, while "drinking pots of black tea all night"?
  • ... that Kirkandrews in Dumfries and Galloway used to host an annual fair, dedicated to St Lawrence, that a 17th-century minister complained was full of drink, debauchery, and "great lewdness"?
  • ... that German minister Wolfgang Clement said that the secret to drinking a glass of beer in 1.5 seconds was to fold back the uvula?
  • ... that Julian Wylie, known as the King of Pantomime, "never took to drink, he took to ice-cream"?
  • ... that Schloss Freudenberg and its park in Wiesbaden-Dotzheim offer an exhibition for the senses, with a Dunkelbar for drinking in darkness?

... that Coca-Cola was originally invented by John Pemberton in 1886 as a medicine?
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A close up of a glass of Coca-Cola featuring the carbonation bubbles that make soda fizz

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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
— Benjamin Franklin

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), also known as glucose–fructose, isoglucose and glucose–fructose syrup, is a sweetener made from corn starch. As in the production of conventional corn syrup, the starch is broken down into glucose by enzymes. To make HFCS, the corn syrup is further processed by D-xylose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose. HFCS was first marketed in the early 1970s by the Clinton Corn Processing Company, together with the Japanese Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, where the enzyme was discovered in 1965.

As a sweetener, HFCS is often compared to granulated sugar, but manufacturing advantages of HFCS over sugar include that it is easier to handle and cheaper. "HFCS 42" and "HFCS 55" refer to dry weight fructose compositions of 42% and 55% respectively, the rest being glucose. HFCS 42 is mainly used for processed foods and breakfast cereals, whereas HFCS 55 is used mostly for production of soft drinks.

The United States Food and Drug Administration states that it is not aware of evidence showing that HFCS is less safe than traditional sweeteners such as sucrose and honey. Uses and exports of HFCS from American producers have grown steadily during the early 21st century.
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