A soft drink is a beverage that typically contains carbonated water,a sweetener and a flavoring.The sweetener may be sugar,high-fructose corn syrup,fruit juice, sugar substitutes.


Soft drinks are called "soft" in contrast to "hard drinks" (alcoholic beverages).Small amounts of alcohol may be present in a soft drink, but the alcohol content must be less than 0.5% of the total volume if the drink is to be considered non-alcoholic.Fruit juice,tea and other such non-alcoholic beverages are technically soft drinks by this definition but are not generally referred to as such.