Most Common Drinks In The World

[ReviewAZON asin="1558323848" display="inlinepost"]What are the most popular drinks in the world?  The answers might surprise you when you consider the most commonly consumed drinks on the planet.  In the great cola war between Coke and Pepsi, not one of them is even on this list.  As it turns out, most people don’t have the sweet tooth that Americans have.  Here is a list of the best choices…

Most Common Drinks: Water

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This is probably not a big surprise.  It is the simplest compound of the two most common reactive elements, consisting of just two hydrogen atoms attached to a single oxygen atom.  Water is the basis of all life and makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface.  Since every living creature on the planet needs water to survive, it is no wonder that this drink is the most consumed beverage around.  It is also the prime ingredient on all of the other drinks on this list.

Most Common Drinks: Tea

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Next to water, this drink is the second most consumed beverage on the planet.  It is made from pouring hot water over cured tea leaves. Herbal tea is made from the infusion of fruits and herbs without the tea plant. This is why many of these drinks are caffeine free. Tea is often promoted as being a healthy drink due to the antioxidants and flavonoids found in the plant.  Tea is an evergreen plant that grows mainly in tropical and sub-tropical climates. The different types of teas (black, green, white, and oolong) are not different plants, but based on its production and processing. Tea is mostly found in Asia and Southeast Asia. The Chinese record its use as a drink as early as 1000BC. It was imported into Europe in the 16th century by the Portugese.

Most Common Drinks: Beer

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Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world.  It is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage. Some of humanity’s earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer. The Code of Hammurabi (1772BC) had rules regulating beer and bars.  The Mesopotamians - one of the first civilizations on the planet – had a goddess of beer, named Ninkasi, who had a hymn written to her which described recipes of beer. It is believed that beer has been around since prehistoric times, dating back to 9500BC (11,000 years). The strength of beer is usually around 4% to 6% alcohol by volume and is consumed in every country.

Most Common Drinks: Coffee

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You might think that coffee would be a bit more popular, but it is a relative newcomer to the popular beverage list. The coffee bean is produced in 70 countries around the world and his been a staple drink since the 15th century. It is thought to have been discovered in the area of Ethiopia and has since spread throughout Asia and South America. Like tea, the coffee bean is a type of evergreen tree. In ancient times, it was thought that there was some sort of mystical property to coffee because of its caffeine content.

Most Common Drinks: Kvass

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Most people in America probably have never heard of this beverage. It is a Russian fermented drink with very low alcohol content (less than 1.2%). It is often flavored with fruits or herbs such as strawberries, raisins or mint. It is made of fermented rye and originally was consumed by mainly the peasant class.  It is extremely popular throughout Russia and the old Eastern-bloc countries and areas of China. While it is not generally a known drink outside those regions, it is enjoyed by nearly a fifth of the world.  There is only one brewery in the United States that brews a Kvass year round. That is the Beaver Brewing Company in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.