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beverage guideThe manufacturing of a soft drink began back in the 1920's. The evolution of soft drinks began more than 2,000 years ago when the "Fathers of Medicine" first suspected that mineral waters could be beneficial to our well being.

The first patent issued for a glass blowing machine, used to produce glass bottles was in 1899. It is hard to believe that plastic bottles did not become the complete norm for soft drinks until the late 1980’s! It was equally difficult at the earlier times to envision drinking the effervescent mineral waters that were bubbling from the earth's crust (effervescent mineral waters are giddy, sparking, bubbly liquids from earth’s surface).

Years ago, the Greeks and Roman's used this effervescent for bathing and relaxation. The thought of drinking this solution didn't come about until the late 1800's. More than one thousand years passed before mineral waters made the transition from therapeutics to cold refreshing beverages.

In that time, physicians and scientists began studying the tiny bubbles fizzing from those waters. Scientists eventually discovered the air being released as a carbon gas was simply carbon dioxide. Later, they perfected a way of producing artificially carbonated water in the manufacturing laboratories. After that development a few years later, soft drinks were experimented with in these same labs. Nearly six years after those lab experiments were completed soft drinks made it into the hands of the public for sale and consumption.

The world’s most popular beverage today continues to be coffee. Many people depend on their morning cup of strong flavoured “java” in order to start their day off right. Coffee has become a multi-billion dollar business. Many people also use coffee in their food preparation, particular as a dessert ingredient.

According to Chinese mythology, in 2737 BC the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, scholar and herbalist, was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. A leaf from the tree dropped into the water and Shen Nung decided to try the brew. The tree was a wild tea tree. There are many authentic and supposed references to tea in the centuries before Christ, according to the Chinese dictionary dated circa 350 AD. The Chinese t'u was often used to describe shrubs other than tea, hence the confusion when Confucius allegedly referred to tea or t'u when writing about the "sow thistle" plant in the Book of Odes. With the health benefits of tea long championed by fans of eastern medicine, many people are resorting to tea specifically to obtain some of those health benefits. Many speciality tea shops have sprung up around the world and online where you can purchase teas in some of the purest forms, with little manufacturing processes disturbing the loose tea leaves.

Review the beverage recipes here at Cookingwhiz.com. You will find some great flavours and recipes to tempt your taste buds. Some of the recipes you can find will mix different soft drinks and a favourite liqueur, or a favoured alcohol drink with fruit juice. Consider experimenting with your own ideas as well! For instance, blend your favourite fruits with some crushed ice and make a great healthy fruit smoothie!

Beverages are meant to do all sorts of things for the senses. Whether it is a great drink to warm you up or cool you off, you will find great information within these pages.



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