Drinks (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Drinks

The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 11 words from the "drinks" category:
Mastering drink-related vocabulary is important for ordering beverages and discussing beverage preferences.

Memory Game

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Example Sentences


beer icon

an alcoholic beverage made from fermented malted barley, often with various flavors and styles

Easy Examples

  • Beer is an alcoholic drink made from grains like barley.
  • Some people enjoy drinking beer with friends.
  • You must be of legal drinking age to have beer.

Harder Examples

  • He enjoyed sipping a cold beer with friends at the local pub.
  • Beer enthusiasts often gather to taste and discuss different brews.
  • She paired her dinner with a refreshing glass of craft beer.


cocktail icon

a mixed drink typically containing a combination of alcoholic spirits, fruit juices, and flavorings

Easy Examples

  • A cocktail is a mixed drink made with different ingredients.
  • Cocktails are often served at parties and bars.
  • Cocktails can be fruity or strong.

Harder Examples

  • The bartender expertly prepared a cocktail with a twist of citrus and herbs.
  • Cocktail parties were a favorite social event for the group of friends.
  • He experimented with creating his own signature cocktail recipes.


coffee icon

a popular caffeinated beverage made from roasted coffee beans and typically served hot

Easy Examples

  • Coffee is a hot, caffeinated drink made from coffee beans.
  • Many people start their day with a cup of coffee.
  • Coffee can be black or with cream and sugar.

Harder Examples

  • She started her day with a steaming cup of black coffee to wake up.
  • Coffee shops were a cozy place to work or catch up with colleagues.
  • He enjoyed the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.

hot chocolate

hot chocolate icon

a warm and creamy beverage made from melted chocolate or cocoa powder mixed with milk or water

Easy Examples

  • Hot chocolate is a warm, sweet drink made from chocolate and milk.
  • Hot chocolate is comforting on a cold day.
  • Whipped cream is a popular topping for hot chocolate.

Harder Examples

  • On a chilly winter evening, they shared mugs of hot chocolate by the fireplace.
  • Hot chocolate topped with marshmallows was a comforting treat for kids.
  • She added a dash of cinnamon to her homemade hot chocolate for extra flavor.


lemonade icon

a refreshing beverage made from lemon juice, water, and sugar, often served cold

Easy Examples

  • Lemonade is a cold, tangy drink made from lemons, sugar, and water.
  • Lemonade is refreshing in the summertime.
  • You can add ice cubes to make lemonade colder.

Harder Examples

  • They set up a lemonade stand on a hot summer day to raise money.
  • Lemonade was the perfect drink to quench their thirst during a picnic.
  • He squeezed fresh lemons to make a tangy and homemade lemonade.


milk icon

a nutritious and dairy-based beverage produced by mammals, often consumed by humans

Easy Examples

  • Milk is a white liquid produced by cows and used as a drink.
  • Milk is rich in calcium and good for your bones.
  • People often have milk with cereal.

Harder Examples

  • Milk was an essential ingredient in their morning cereal.
  • They served warm milk before bedtime to help with sleep.
  • He preferred almond milk as a dairy-free alternative in his coffee.


milkshake icon

a thick and creamy beverage made from milk, ice cream, and various flavorings, often blended together

Easy Examples

  • A milkshake is a thick, sweet drink made from milk and ice cream.
  • Milkshakes can be flavored with chocolate, vanilla, or fruit.
  • Whipped cream and a cherry are common milkshake toppings.

Harder Examples

  • She treated herself to a chocolate milkshake as a special indulgence.
  • Milkshakes were a popular choice at the diner, especially on hot days.
  • He experimented with adding different fruits to his homemade milkshakes.


soda icon

a carbonated soft drink, often flavored with sweeteners and artificial or natural flavors

Easy Examples

  • Soda is a carbonated, sugary drink with various flavors.
  • Soda is often called 'pop' in some regions.
  • Too much soda can be bad for your health.

Harder Examples

  • He ordered a cola soda to accompany his burger and fries at the restaurant.
  • Soda fountains were a nostalgic feature of old-fashioned diners.
  • She chose a sparkling soda as a refreshing alternative to sugary drinks.


tea icon

a hot or cold beverage made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, often with various flavors and styles

Easy Examples

  • Tea is a hot drink made from tea leaves and water.
  • Tea is a popular beverage in many cultures.
  • Tea can be served with or without milk and sugar.

Harder Examples

  • She brewed a soothing cup of herbal tea to relax in the evening.
  • Tea ceremonies were a cherished tradition in their family gatherings.
  • He explored the world of teas, from black to green to oolong.


water icon

a clear and essential beverage that is the basis of life, often consumed to stay hydrated

Easy Examples

  • Water is a clear, tasteless liquid essential for life.
  • Drinking enough water is important for staying hydrated.
  • Water is used for cooking, cleaning, and many other purposes.

Harder Examples

  • Staying hydrated was important, so they drank plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Water fountains provided a convenient source of clean drinking water in parks.
  • He carried a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste.


wine icon

an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits, often aged for flavor complexity

Easy Examples

  • Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes.
  • Wine is often enjoyed with meals and on special occasions.
  • There are many different types of wine, like red and white.

Harder Examples

  • They shared a bottle of red wine during a romantic dinner by candlelight.
  • Wine tastings were an opportunity to sample and appreciate different varietals.
  • He enjoyed pairing wine with cheese and discussing their unique flavors.
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