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cultural difference 30: drinks

June 1, 2010

Germans like to be creative when it comes to drinks. We often mix different beverages.

I talked about Apfelschorle before – remember that’s apple juice with sparkling water.

Then we have “Spezi,” which is a mix of coke and orange soda.

“Radler” (which translates to “cyclist”), beer and carbonated citrus-flavored lemonade, is also very popular, especially in summer.

Germans also mix beer (usually “Weizen,” which means wheat beer) with coke (“Colaweizen”) or beer with banana juice (“Banana Weizen”).

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10 comments

  1. We have the “Radler” in Cyprus, it’s called “Shandy” though. Many people prefer it with a bit of blackcurrant syrop as well. It’s very popular in summer. In winter the local folk tends to have stronger drinks, including “Ouzo” – a traditional greek drink, which is basicaly anise-vodka.


  2. Other than that – the Germans must have a lots of inventive spirit and a strong stomach to mix and drink all of those above! πŸ™‚


    • Hehehe. Well said πŸ™‚

      The funny thing is, I personally don’t like some of the “typically German” things I’m blogging about. I’m not a beer drinker at all, for example.


      • I’m not much into beer either, don’t like the aftertaste much. My favourite long drink is semi-sweet white wine 50%/50% with tonic or Sprite (if the wine is not very sweet). Pleasant to taste and enjoyable feeling in the mouth afterwards. Besides, it’ll never get you drunk! πŸ™‚


  3. Jae, what’s your favorite drink?


    • I hardly drink any alcohol, not even wine or beer.
      I can make a mean cocktail, though, and I personally prefer something sweet with coconut.

      As for non-alcoholic drinks I like to mix juice and mineral water. Right now, I’m drinking mango juice.

      And every once in a while, I like to have a malt beer. That’s a non-alcoholic drink, despite the word “beer” in it. I don’t think there’s anything like it in the US. Does something like it exist in Russia or Cyprus?


      • I’m not sure what exactly you mean by the “malt beer” (I don’t keep up-to-date with the beer drinks), for even the normal alcohol-containing beer is made with malt. So, do you mean a normal non-alcohol beer?


  4. Jae, could you help me out, please – how can I get my photo next to my comments? Thanks!! πŸ™‚


    • I just sent you an e-mail about the avatar.

      Malt beer is alcohol-free (or almost alcohol-free, depending on the brand), but it’s sweeter than other non-alcoholic beers and it’s dark. Here’s a link with more information:
      http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Malzbier.html


      • Wow! Jae, do you have links for anything? πŸ™‚ You could open your own sort of “Yellow Pages” for web! I’ll be sure to check it out.
        Well, in Cyprus, as well as in Ukraine and Russia, there is a non-alcoholic beer, but I haven’t seen a dark one so far.



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