Drinking like a German.

Apfelschorle. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.

There’s nothing like the crisp bite of a cold beverage to quench your thirst. Give me a Diet Pepsi in a glass with a slice of lime and a straw any day and I will be in utter bliss. Add a slice of cucumber to my water and I’m mentally half way to the spa. Ah, the powers of liquid.

Since moving to Germany we’ve decided to mimic the Germans and have added a new beverage to our standard drink menu. When in Rome, right?

No, I’m not referring to beer.

I’m talking about Apfelschorle. The stuff is everywhere here- you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant who doesn’t offer it on their menu. A very popular beverage with all ages, Apfelschorle is made by mixing apple juice with mineral water. You can purchase pre-mixed varieties at the store, but it’s just as easy and somewhat cheaper, to mix it yourself. It’s super easy. Here’s the receipe:

50% Apple Juice + 50% Mineral Water = Apfelschorle

Mix in a glass and drink.

I’ll admit that when I first tasted Apfelschorle three years ago while I was in southern Germany, I found it odd. It didn’t taste like much to me. After all, it is just watered down apple juice. “Why would people drink that?” I thought. But now, after 6 months of living in the land of bratwurst and sauerkraut, I have to own up to the fact that I’ve converted. I now enjoy Apfelschorle. Phew! It feels good to get that out in the open! So good, in fact, that I think I’ll go have a glass right now.

Are you playing for Team Apfelschorle, or are you still on the bench? I dare you to try it if you haven’t already! Let me know what you think.

2 Responses to “Drinking like a German.”

  1. Emily writes:

    I’ve played for Team Apfelschorle since I was nine, having discovered it on a family trip. Now all four of us drink it 🙂

  2. J LEE writes:

    After reading your entry about Apfelschorle, I looked in my Dusseldorf Marriott in-room mini-bar, and guess what I found…
    a bottle of it. It has a very light amber color, which is
    consistent with your 50-50 mix directions. I opened it as a result of reading your notes.

    It had much more taste than I expected…it tasted fine,
    and this was my first attempt (I didn’t have to get used to it).

    But the past few years, I find myself cutting down regular Coke whenever I can. This is especially easy at Costco’s $1.50 hot dog stand. I fill the bottom 1/3 of the cup with coke, fill the rest with soda water using the “SODA” button. The soda button basically dispenses Sprite with Sprite syrup held back)

    I didn’t miss nor notice the unsweetness of straight apple juice getting diluted with 50%. I think this is a good thing, self-initiated, non-resistance reduction of sugar intake.

    At ReWe, I saw their loss-leader bottle water for EUR0,19. This has gone up from EUR0,14(?) when I was in Frankfurt in 2011. It’s ironic that the water costs less than the pfand. It would be like the BigMac box costing more than the sandwich inside.

    Everyone drinks water, so I bring back a few of the bottled waters as souvenirs from Germany that everyone can use. Butm most of the time, the recipients never bust the bottle open to drink the water, they keep it as a souvenir. So for my usage, it’s not a 0,14EUR+0,25EURpfand bottle of water, it’s a 0,39EUR
    bottle…them bottles won’t be seeing a pfand-rabatt machine. Even at 0,39EUR, the 1.5L water is still cheap compared to America’s Dasani, Aquafina, and Crystal Geeezer (sic) and other smug brands.

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