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Soft drink

A drink is referred to as ‘soft’ to distinguish it from a so-called ‘hard’ drink or hard liquor and a soft drink refers to a non-alcoholic drink.  Historically, a ‘hard’  drink was one which had been distilled such as whisky or gin, unlike say, a wine, beer or cider.

The criteria for what precisely constitutes a soft drink vary from country to country. Normally, soft drinks are drunk chilled or at room temperature. Iced teas and coffees and drinks made with fruit squashes or cordials are classified as soft drinks.  The term excludes fruit juices and drinks made with milk or dairy products, such as milk shakes, or warm drinks such as hot chocolates, coffees, teas.