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World's best non-alcoholic and soft drinks

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Atole (Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl atolli) is a traditional masa-based Mexican and Central American (where it is known as atol) hot drink. Chocolate atole is known as champurrado...

 

Champurrado is a chocolate-based atole, a warm and thick Mexican drink, based on masa (hominy flour), piloncillo, water or milk and occasionally containing cinnamon, anise seed and or vanilla bean (tasting somewhat like a thick masala chai)...

 

Chicha a term used in some regions of Latin America for several varieties of fermented beverages, particularly those derived from maize, but which also describes similar non-alcoholic beverages. Chicha may also be made from manioc root (also called yuca or cassava), or fruits, and other ingredients...

 

An egg cream is a classic beverage consisting of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer, probably dating from the late 19th century, and is especially associated with Brooklyn, home of its alleged inventor, candy store owner Louis Auster. It contains neither eggs nor cream...

 

Eggnog, also known as egg nog, is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk and/or cream, sugar and beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Various liquors, such as brandy, rum, whisky, advocaat and/or liqueurs, are often added...

 

Garapa (var. Guarapa) is the Brazilian Portuguese term for the juice of raw sugar cane (in some Southern states garapa is better known as "caldo de cana",cane juice)...

 

Ginger beer is a carbonated drink that is flavoured primarily with ginger and sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Most ginger beer produced commercially is a manufactured soft drink. The original version, rarely produced commercially since the mid-twentieth century but often home brewed, is a brewed alcoholic beverage...

 

The guarana fruit's color ranges from brown to red and contains black seeds which are partly covered by white arils. Guarana is used in sweetened or carbonated soft drinks and energy shots, an ingredient of herbal tea, Perky Jerky, or contained in capsules...

 

Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, a herbal tea drink consumed both hot and cold by people around the world. It is also referred to as roselle (another common name for the hibiscus flower), flor de Jamaica in Latin America, karkady in the Middle East...

 

Inca Kola (also known as Inca Cola or "the Golden Kola") is a Peruvian soft drink with a sweet fruity flavor sometimes compared to bubblegum. The maker is 50% owned by The Coca-Cola Company. Inca Kola is exported to parts of South America, and while it has not enjoyed major success elsewhere, it can be found in Latin American specialty shops worldwide...

 

Irn-bru (pronounced iron brew) is a popular carbonated soft drink produced in Cumbernauld, Scotland where it has been made by A.G. Barr of Glasgow since moving out of their original Dennistoun factory in the mid 90s and at a second manufacturing site in Mansfield, England...

 

Kinnie is a soft drink that originates from the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was first developed in 1952 by Simonds Farsons Cisk. Kinnie has a bitter sweet flavour and looks and tastes like an Italian style alcoholic aperitif...

 

Kisiel or kisel (Russian: кисель)is a popular dessert in Eastern and Northern Europe. It consists of sweetened juice, thickened with arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch, and sometimes red wine or dried fruits are added...

 

Kompot is a traditional drink in Central and Eastern European countries, especially Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia and Bosnia (where it has been a tradition since Ottoman times). It is a light, refreshing drink most often made of dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots, etc.) boiled in water with sugar and left to cool and infuse...

 

Kvass or kvas, sometimes called in English a bread drink, is a fermented beverage made from black rye or rye bread (which contributes to its light or dark colour). By the content of alcohol resulted from fermentation, it is classified as non-alcoholic: up to 1.2% of alcohol, according to the standard of Russia...

 

Lassi is a popular and traditional South Asian yogurt-based drink. It is made by blending yogurt with water or milk and Indian spices. Traditional lassi is sometimes flavored with ground roasted cumin...

 

Masala chai is the beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. As with much of Indian cuisine, the exact mix of dry spices varies greatly and is often handed down in families...

 

Mate, also known as chimarrão or cimarrón, is a traditional South American infused drink. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (llex paraguariensis, known in Portuguese as erva mate) in hot water. It is the national drink in Argentina, though Paraguay and Uruguay also happen to claim nationality over the beverage...

 

Matzoun (Matson or Matsoni) or Caspian Sea yoghurt (Armenian: մածուն, Georgian: მაწონი, Russian: мацони) is a yoghurt-like dairy product. It is started with Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris and Acetobacter orientalis species and has a viscous, honey-like texture. It is milder in taste than other varieties of yoghurts since it has less sour and alcohol...

 

A Shirley Temple (also known as a Grenadine Lemonade) is a non-alcoholic mixed drink made with either seltzer, ginger ale, Sprite or 7 Up and mixed with grenadine syrup garnished with maraschino cherries and a slice of orange. Orange juice is often added, especially in Canada. It is often served to children dining with adults to let them share the experience of drinking a cocktail...

 

In the Caribean sorrel drink is made from calyces of the roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, also known as the Flower of Jamaica. In Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago the plant is called 'sorrel'. The sorrel drink is prepared by boiling dried calyces of the Flower of Jamaica plant in water for 8 to 10 minutes, then adding sugar...

 

Teh tarik (literally pulled tea in Mandarin) is a hot tea beverage which can be commonly found in restaurants and outdoor stalls in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Its name is derived from the pouring process of "pulling" the drink during preparation...

 

Tejuino is a cold beverage made from fermented corn popularly-drunk in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It is often served with a scoop of shaved ice. Tejuino is made from the same corn dough used for tortillas and tamales. The dough is mixed with water and brown sugar (piloncillo) and boiled. Then the liquid is allowed to ferment very slightly...

 

Kefir is a refreshing dairy drink with special properties for the internal ecology and health in general

 
 
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