Beverage Day

Beverage Day is celebrated on May 6th of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Beverage Day.

A beverage, or drink, is a liquid which is specifically prepared for human consumption.  In addition to filling a basic human need, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

An alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains ethanol, commonly known as alcohol (although in chemistry the definition of “alcohol” includes many other compounds).  Beer has been a part of human culture for 8,000 years.  In Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and many other European countries, drinking beer (and other alcoholic beverages) in a local bar or pub is a cultural tradition.

The term “soft drink” specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to “hard drink” and “drink”.  “Drink” is normally neutral but often connotes alcoholic content.  Beverages such as soda pop, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, squash, and fruit punch are the most common soft drinks.  Milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, milkshakes, and tap water are not considered to be soft drinks.