Beverages or drinks are expendable liquids specially made for human consumption. Other than satisfying the basic need of quenching thirst, some beverages are also an intrinsic part of human culture and accepted norms in societies across the world. Although most beverages, such as fruit juice, sweetened drinks and aerated drinks contain some form of water in them, water by itself does not come specifically under the category of beverage, while the term beverage is specified as not pertaining to water alone.
Alcoholic beverages contain a specific compound known as ethanol, generally referred to as alcohol, and have been part of human culture for a very long time spanning over 7,000 years. Some popular alcoholic beverages include wine; liquor and beer have been consumed by humans for centuries.
Beverages that do not contain alcohol are often referred to as non-alcoholic drinks and all forms of beverages that do not fall under the category of alcohol are known as non-alcoholic drinks. Some popular forms of non-alcoholic beverages include tea, coffee, carbonated or aerated drinks, juices and juice drinks etc. On the other hand alcoholic beverages comprise beer, cider, wine and various forms of spirits.
In most social settings, food and drink is usually matched together in order to heighten the experience of taste. This pairing of food and drink together is primarily seen with regards to wine and in a culture that promotes the growth and development of winemaking. Most experts speak of contrasting or complementing various kinds of foods along with various types of wines depending upon their flavours and textures. Off late, a number of food magazines offer expert suggestions of pairing specific wines with particular recipes and inform the reader of restaurants that offer particular wines in their multicourse meals with each wine for each course.