By Tim Lambert
c. 3000 BC In the Middle East wine is a common drink. In Egypt beer is popular.
1200 AD Vines are grown in England. Mead and cider are also drunk but the most popular drink is ale (beer brewed without hops).
c. 1600 Beer replaces ale as the most common drink in England. Cider is also very popular.
1651 The first coffee house in England where people can drink coffee and chat opens in Oxford
1657 Tea is first sold in England
c. 1700 Gin drinking becomes very popular among the poor in England
1751 A duty is charged on gin ending the problem of many people drinking cheap gin
1759 Guinness is first brewed
1772 Fizzy drinks are invented
1789 Bourbon whiskey is first distilled
1839 Indian Tea is first sold in Britain
1842 Golden lager is invented
1858 Erasmus Bond patents tonic water
1880 Grand Marnier Liqeuer is created
1883 Horlicks is invented
1884 Evaporated milk is patented by John Meyenberg
1885 Dr Pepper is invented
1886 Coca Cola is invented
1888 Paper drinking straws are invented by Marvin Stone
1889 The screw bottle top is invented by Dan Rylands. The modern coffee percolator is invented by Hanson Goodrich.
1900 Coca Cola is first sold in Britain
1901 Instant coffee is invented
1904 Ovaltine is invented. Iced Tea is popularised when it is sold at the St Louis World’s Fair.
1908 Vimto is invented. Melitta Bentz invents the coffee filter.
1924 Tizer goes on sale
1935 Canned beer is first sold
1940 Tea is rationed in Britain
1952 Tea rationing ends
1970 The rum ration in the British navy ends
1985 The widget for beer cans is invented