Soft drinks may also contain caffeine, colorings, preservatives and other ingredients.
Soft drinks are called "soft" in contrast to "hard drinks" (alcoholic beverages).
Popular spirits include whisky, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, absinthe, brandy and fruit brandy (also known as eau-de-vie or schnapps).
Some drinks have been invested with symbolic or religious significance suggesting the mystical use of alcohol, e.g.
Alcoholic beverages are consumed in almost every sovereign state, and most have laws that regulate their production, sale, and consumption.
In particular, such laws specify the minimum age at which a person may legally buy or drink alcoholic beverages.
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This post was inspired by my own wedding, which took place in a rustic boat house just two weeks ago.
by Greco-Roman religion in the ecstatic rituals of Dionysus (also called Bacchus), god of wine and revelry; in the Christian Eucharist; and on the Jewish Shabbat and festivals (particularly Passover).