how to serve and drink soft drinks at the table

Soft Drinks Etiquette: 4 Basics For Serving And Drinking Them​

who this class is for

Waiters and restaurant staff, restaurant guests, house-party hosts and guests

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About this micro-class

Soft drinks etiquette is the set of rules for appropriately serving and drinking soft drinks.

1. How to choose the best soft drinks

What you should know about soft drinks

Soft drinks are non-alcoholic beverages that are typically carbonated and sweetened. They come in various flavors and are enjoyed for their refreshing taste.

Types of soft drinks and how to choose the best

Soft drinks include carbonated sodas, flavored waters, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit-flavored beverages. When selecting soft drinks, consider factors such as flavor preferences, sugar content, caffeine content, and dietary restrictions.

2. How to serve soft drinks

How to store soft drinks

Store soft drinks in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Refrigerate opened bottles or cans to maintain freshness and carbonation. Check expiration dates to ensure quality and taste.

How to serve and present soft drinks

Serve soft drinks chilled or over ice for maximum refreshment. Use appropriate glassware or disposable cups for serving, depending on the setting.

Offer garnishes such as lemon or lime wedges for added flavor and presentation.

When serving soft drinks, present them with clean glassware, napkins, and straws if desired. Offer refills or additional beverages as needed to ensure guest satisfaction.

Soft drinks dietary restrictions

Consider dietary restrictions such as allergies, intolerances, or medical conditions when serving soft drinks. Some religions such as the Mormon religion may forbid soft drinks that contain stimulants like caffeine.

Offer alternative options or accommodations as needed to accommodate guests’ preferences and needs, such as sugar-free or caffeine-free varieties.

3. How to consume soft drinks

Food pairings: what goes well with soft drinks

Pair soft drinks with a wide range of foods, including burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and snacks.

Consider the flavor profile and sweetness of the soft drink when selecting food pairings for a balanced dining experience.

Avoid soft drinks with sophisticated foods or dishes.

4. Etiquette mistakes when serving or consuming soft drinks

Avoid common mistakes such as spilling or splashing soft drinks, drinking directly from the bottle or can in formal settings, or monopolizing the soft drink dispenser or fountain.

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