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When you are making home made beverage the easy process to carbonate your drink is through beverage tubing. Beverage tubing is not a hard process while huge companies have different machines and methods of carbonating their beverages you can start by your own small equipment which costs hardly even $10. This process for home made beverages is cheap and quite effective too. You just need to connect 2 bottles caps with a clear piece of tubing and screwing them tightly on the bottles one bottle will contain the beverage and the other will contain vinegar and baking soda this is used to carbonate beverages. The Co2 from the bottle containing vinegar and baking soda will then go in the beverage containing bottle thus making your beverage carbonated. It makes air or oxygen impossible to pass through it which is a good sign as oxygen or air tends to destroy the taste of foods and beverages as the properties of oxygen are such that it can stale food and beverages quickly.
Guatemala was way ahead of us in that respect. As Guatemala is a country that grows sugar cane and exports sugar it is the common sweetener for this beverage. Horchata could be sweetened with honey agave syrup Stevia or any other sweetener preferred. Rosa de Jamaica or Roselle Hibiscus Beverage This beverage is made from the calyxes of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant often called Roselle Hibiscus. They are deep red and fleshy when fresh. Once dried the calyxes are packaged and can now be found in many health food stores. In Guatemala these calyxes are called Rosa de Jamaica or Jamaican Rose. The name spoken or written in Guatemala implies either the dried calyxes or the resultant beverage. In Guatemala the roselle hibiscus plant is not grown for the small flowers but for the fleshy calyxes steeped to make the Rosa de Jamaica beverage. The calyxes are high in vitamin C citric acid tartaric acid and malic acid as well as flavonoids such as cyanidin giving them their deep red color.
All this goes well for the functional beverages industry. Functional health beverages are going more mainstream because consumers have become much more holistic-minded so companies are now meeting them in the middle. There is a consciousness out there now that very small amounts of something can have a very significant effect. The functional beverages industry has attracted the attention of traditional beverage manufacturers focused on expanding their product ranges in the face of falling sales of old stand-bys such as carbonates. Pepsi s purchase of Gatorade and South Beach Beverages Sobe Cadbury Schweppes purchase of the Snapple and Mistic brands are a few examples. Products affiliated with major sporting brands such as Reebok and Umbro sports and performance drinks also are infiltrating the market.