Speaking Denglish: Mixing drinks – the German way
Cola-beer anyone? Germans have an obsession with all things fizzy but they love mixing their carbonated drinks even more.
Germans do many quirky things, but their unique drink mixtures are some of my favourites. I'm not talking about mixing cocktails — because we all know Germans enjoy beer over the former. I'm talking about carbonated drink mixtures.
Surely this stems from the unanimous preference for mineral (fizzy) water over the less superior still water. And don’t even mention water straight from the tap! Here are some or Germany's staple carbonated drinks.
The radler is a mixture of any lemon soda and beer, particularly a pilsner. It is extremely popular during the warmer months as it can turn a bitter 'pils' into quite the thirst-quencher. In the UK, this popular drink is also available, but called a shandy.
In Germany, they are available bottled and also on tap in beer gardens. At bars and pubs they are often mixed with a ratio of 3:2 beer:lemonade, which usually brings the alcohol percentage of the beer down to 2.5–3 percent.
Weinscholre (German for wine spritzer) is typically a dry white wine mixed with mineral water. There are, however, a million ways to do it and you can also find mixes with rosés and even red wines.
Some people prefer a sweeter version called Weinschorle süß, which is mixed with lemon soda. This is a popular way to drink wine during the day.
Apfelschorle (and other Saftschorle)
Apfelschorle, a mixture of apple juice and mineral water, is probably the most popular non-alcoholic beverage in Germany. Germans love apples, so what's better than mixing it with their beloved soda water to enjoy at the park?
If you walk into any German household, apfelschorle will surely be one of the drinks offered to you. They even bottle it up so you don’t have to mix your own.
As a child, I remember my goofy self walking up to the fountain drink machine and holding my cup under several sodas and drinking whatever came out. My only successful mixture was pink lemonade and normal lemonade, but the Germans seem to have found another: spezi, a mixture of cola and orange soda. Pepsi markets it as Schwip Schwap while Coca-Cola markets it as Mezzo Mix. I market it as 'don’t buy', but it sure is 'spezi' to some people.
Cola-Weizen is another popular beer mixture. It's a twist on the aforementioned radler since it's a wheat beer mixed with cola. I normally steer clear of the wheat beers as they are a little much for me (and someone once told me they give you gas), but Cola-Weizen is delicious.
I am a new fan of Bananen-Weizen, which is a wheat beer with — you guessed it — banana juice. I've even read it’s the perfect breakfast beer in some parts of Germany.
What do you think about the Germans’ quirk: ja oder nein?
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