When should a beverage name be capitalized?

If the beverage is a brand name or a unique recipe title or includes a proper noun, capitalize it:

Frappucino  (a coinage trademarked by Starbucks)

Pear-enthetical Citation (a recipe title in MLA Members Cook!)

Arnold Palmer (named after a person)

Long Island iced tea (includes a place-name) 

But when the drink is a generic term, lowercase it:

pumpkin spice latte 

hot toddy

carrot smoothie

Sometimes drink names composed of proper nouns can be lowercased:

Manhattan or manhattan

Consult a dictionary for guidance or read our post on cocktail names.

Published 27 May 2019

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