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I am not a native English speaker. Suppose I wish to ask an audience whether they have ever had some particular drink (alcoholic)? How am I supposed to ask it?

Have any of you drunk Carlsberg Beer?

Is the above question grammatically correct? If not, can anybody correct me? How do I change the question when I'm inquiring about a non-alcoholic beverage, such as tea or juice?

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You can use "have ... drunk" with any beverage.

We have drunk Carlsberg on many occasions.

We have drunk tea on many occasions.

You may be confusing "drunk" (past participle of drink) with "drunk" (adj. meaning intoxicated). If you think your audience may be prone to the same confusion, you might consider using "tried" instead of "drunk":

Have any of you ever tried ginseng tea?

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Note that among native speakers there would be no such confusion. – wfaulk Aug 17 '11 at 14:40
Well, I'm not native... Although it does not confuse me, the sentence does seem a little strange to us. – Phonics The Hedgehog Aug 17 '11 at 16:26
@Robusto Thanks. :) – Ganesh Srinivas Aug 18 '11 at 16:58

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