Egg cream, Arnold Palmer, Shirley Temple, hot chocolate, ginger tea, peanut milk, lemonade, switchel… The list goes on. While soft beverages, that is to say, non-alcoholic beverages, reign as indispensable staples of civilizations around the world, they do seem to lack the glamour and consideration bestowed on their boozy cousins.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes about 140 gallons of soft drinks per year, including milk, tea, coffee, bottled water, carbonated drinks and fruit juices.
The soft drink manufacturing industry plays an irreplaceable role in the American economy as well. In 2007, there were about 472 soft drink manufactures, employing around 53,654 people, with large portions of the industry operating out of Texas (home of Dr. Pepper/Snapple Company) and Georgia (home of Coca-Cola).
And while soft drinks seem like they can do no wrong, we should be considerate of our health and try not to overindulge in classic carbonated sodas.
Here is a solid, delicious and generally healthy list of some of our favorite non-alcoholic drinks: