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What are the Most Popular Beverages in the UK Today? Your Questions Answered

<Contributed post> Whilst no one can argue that the most popular drink or beverage in the UK is still a good old cuppa, it isn’t the only drink the British are fond of – in fact, it’s just one amongst the many beverages the British enjoy. The list is quite surprising, but you might find some comforting and familiar things. Of course, this list doesn’t include the alcoholic drinks (unsurprisingly, there is a whole lot of that) – this list only consists of the beverages that everyone enjoys, young or old. So without further ado, here are the most popular beverages in the UK today: your top questions answered.

  1. Tea

But you knew this already, didn’t you? So, of course, tea would be at the top of the list, and one kind of tea, in particular, is highly in demand – black tea. You may already know (and agree) that drinking this hot beverage is a national pastime, and black tea is at the top of the list. Many popular brands include Tetley, PG Tips, Typhoo, Yorkshire Tea, and Twinings. As we all know, we make tea with boiled water poured over bags of tea or tea leaves, and we infuse it for five minutes, and then we can add milk and, in some instances, sugar. Another popular type of tea is Earl Grey, which takes its name from Charles Grey, a Prime Minister in the 1800s and the 2nd Earl Grey.

  • Squash

It may surprise first-time visitors to England, but squash is another popular drink (especially during the summer, when fruit juices from the top juice manufacturers are all the rage). There are plenty of squash brands and flavour combinations, and it’s a concentrated drink where water is added to make It the beloved beverage. Some famous squash brands include Vimto, Ribena (in a blackcurrant flavour), and Robinson’s Barley Water (which is popular with tennis players, who sip them during Wimbledon).

  • Ginger ale

The top three most popular beverage in the UK are ginger ale and its alcoholic version called ginger beer. Many people would say that it came originally from Belfast, in Northern Ireland, and it dates back to the mid-1800s and was invented by a surgeon called Thomas Cantrell. It is highly refreshing, especially with lots of ice, and if you want to quench your thirst, have a glass or two.

  • Horlicks and Ovaltine

It is a heavy favourite among British children, and what’s not to love? They are malt-based beverages that are made with warm milk, and most parents give them to their kids before bed to help them sleep. Although popular in the UK, these drinks originally came from somewhere else entirely – Ovaltine came from Switzerland, and Horlicks came from the USA (but its founders were UK immigrants).

  • Vimto

As previously mentioned, it is a squash-based beverage – but it has been additionally infused with raspberries, blackcurrants, and grapes. It is available as a diluted or fizzy beverage, and Vimto has a distinct flavour that most people love. Therefore, it may be a surprise that Vimto is particularly famous in Saudi Arabia, although the beverage is sold worldwide.

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