By definition, the term beverage is derived from the the old French word beverage, which finds its origins in the words beivre or boivre or the Latin word bibo which means ‘to drink’
The meaning and use of the word beverage as per the current and modern vocabulary can be used as a liquid that is consumed, such as a beer or juice or milk and includes both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
In India, a number of beverages are consumed based on the weather and climatic conditions depending on the states and the geographical conditions of that particular region.
Some beverages which are widely consumed are fruit juices, coconut water, sugar cane juice and lime water to name a few.
Milk based beverages such as lassi, butter milk and chaas are also consumed widely throughout the sub continent.
Tea and coffee are also considered beverages and both are available in a variety of flavors and concentrations and also mixed with other ingredients and herbs and consumed as beverages.
Alcoholic beverages are also produced locally in many parts of India such as Todi or palm wine, Mahua which is made from mahua flowers and Feni which is a wine popular in Goa, to name a few.
Apart from these local beverages, nontraditional beverages such as vodka, whiskey, beer, rum and brandy are also consumed.
We shall now understand and try to explore in detail the health benefits and medicinal properties of some of these beverages in detail.