A soft drink, in Philadelphia, is usually a non-alcoholic beverage that mostly contains carbonated water, sweetening and flavoring agent. A soft drink may also contain caffeine or fruit juice. However drinks like hot chocolate, tea, milk-shakes are not considered as soft drinks. The most widely sold varieties of soft drinks are cola, lime, orange, lemonade, squash etc. Soft drinks taste better when served chilled.
In the 17th century soft drinks were made from water and lemon juice sweetened with honey and was non-carbonated. But in the late 18th century scientists discovered a method of infusing water with carbon-dioxide to make the carbonated water. Also known as soda water, it is the most important component of most soft drinks. Soft drinks became hugely popular in the United States in the 20th century and canned soft drinks became an important share of the market. Soft drinks are made by mixing dry ingredients with carbonated water and production of these drinks can be done at factories or even at home. But it is of utmost importance that the ingredients are mixed in the right specifications.
However, it must also be noted that excess consumption of these sugar-sweetened soft drinks may lead to obesity, diabetes and other health hazards, and ,thus, a moderate consumption of the same is recommended.