National Beverage day falls on May 6 and we couldn’t be more excited. The day encourages us to sit back, relax, and enjoy our favorite beverages. Beverages come in many forms. And whether you prefer a hold or a cold one, the good news is, there is one for every taste. The only thing that matters is that you pick up or make some of your favorites, gather with family and friends, and get ready to enjoy and unwind.
History of National Beverage Day
Beverages have always existed, in one form or another, since the beginning of mankind. Drinks take varied forms and significance in different cultures. They can be viewed as a once-in-a-while treat or as the driving force behind a much-needed morning pick me up — shoutout to all the coffee lovers!
The origins of this day can be a little uncertain. Early mentions of National Beverage Day can be found as early as 1921. At this time, the day was known as Bottled Carbonated Beverage day. It was thought of as a way to promote bottled fizzy drinks as “pure” and “wholesome!”
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Bottled Carbonated Beverage Day permanently became the less specific National Beverage Day, as ads throughout the 1920s alternately referred to it as National Carbonated Beverage Day or simply Beverage Day, among others.
Nowadays, the meaning has changed thanks to a growing awareness of how and what beverages we consume — especially when they are sugary or alcoholic, so if they fall into this category, it’s always best to consume in moderation.
It is not just during the summer months that beverages play a part in our lives. From cold champagne on New Year’s Eve to a piping hot espresso on a cold winter’s morning in December, beverages are something we enjoy all year long!
National Beverage Day timeline
The Mayans consume a beverage made from Xocolatl, better known these days as cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate.
Sharbat, a popular drink made from fruits or flower petals and usually served chilled, is mentioned in the “Canon of Medicine”.
The Bottled Carbonated Beverage Day during the time assures customers that bottled soda is free from impurities and good for health.
James Bond makes his first appearance — his favorite beverage: martini, shaken, not stirred.
National Beverage Day FAQs
Is there a national drinking day?
National Drink Beer Day toasts that malty elixir on September 28th, annually. Just as the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, the day reminds us to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.
What is the biggest drinking day in the US?
The day before Thanksgiving—known as Blackout Wednesday—is the biggest drinking day of the year in many areas of the United States.
What day is national gin and tonic day?
It has always been observed annually on April 9th.
National Beverage Day Activities
Make plans to visit that coffee shop, bar, or store where your favorite beverage awaits! Not only that, savor the taste and appreciate every moment with the drink that takes your fancy. Put away your phone, don’t look at the newspaper, and spend some time only with you and your drink. It's like the art of doing nothing!
Take a class
Take mixology or barista class and polish up your beverage making skills. It’s not only a great way to learn something new, it can also come in handy if you host a party or invite any friends over. They will be sure to appreciate that!
Theme it up
Throw a party for your favorite beverage. Provide ingredients for attendees to make their variations. Just think of all the wonderful variations and themes of just one beverage category, like tea. The options are endless!
5 Bubbly Facts About Ginger Ale
You can find it in different varieties
Golden Ginger Ale and Dry Style which has a milder flavor
The creation of Ginger Ale is often attributed to Dr. Thomas Joseph Cantrell, an Irish surgeon.
Canada took it a step further
Dry Style ginger Ale was first developed and patented in Canada. This variety is the most common nowadays.
Ginger Ale is sometimes used to help soothe indigestion or nausea.
It really contains ginger
This depends on the variety. If you're looking for a beverage with a stronger ginger taste try Ginger Beer.
Why We Love National Beverage Day
It’s an expression of individuality
Every one of us has a different reason to love our favorite beverages. Maybe, if you love “chai,” your roots come from desi culture. Perhaps, if you love coffee, it is because it reminds you of a certain memory like early sunny mornings walking down the street or sitting at a beautiful cafe somewhere in the world.
There’s one for every season
Whether it's hot chocolate during winter or a refreshing fruit juice, there's a beverage for just about every occasion. We as humans love to incorporate some kind of beverage in our everyday lives or to mark a celebration or a start of a new season.
They’re always exciting
You will most likely be able to find so many variations of that beverage you love! If not, you can always make them yourself, like whipped coffee! Or maybe your mother knows how to make that specific beverage you love. That’s what we love about beverages, there’s always so many options.
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