Favorite German Things #3 – Apfelschorle

Favorite German Things #3 – Apfelschorle

Apfelschorle - Favorite German Things
Photo of bottle by srslyguys

Germans have a pretty big obsessions with 1) bubbly drinks and 2) mixing together beverages that most normal people would consume alone. It took me awhile to come around to sparkling water, but I finally managed with the help of Apfelschorle as a crutch. Apfelschorle is apple juice mixed with sparkling water. It’s not quite as sickly sweet as straight apple juice, but it covers up the bitter taste of the sparkling water. It comes premixed or you can make it yourself at home. The premixed ones are usually fifty-fifty water and juice, but when you make it at home you can make the ratio whatever you wanted. Our family doctor even suggested Apfelschorle that was 1/5 juice as an alternative to drinking diet soda – I supposed a smaller amount of real sugar was considered better than artificial sweeteners and caffeine.

This is unfortunately more difficult to replicate in the US. While apple juice is super common, it can be surprisingly difficult to find sparkling water. My advice is to avoid the water section of most stores – the sparkling water they have their is generally marketed as fancy and is waaaay overpriced. If you head over to where they keep the alcohol mixers, however, you will find much cheaper bottles of club soda or seltzer – I just buy whatever has only “carbonated water” listed as an ingredient. ย These are still more expensive than what you will find in Germany, when I was living in the middle of nowhere it cost over $1 for just a liter, but it will be much cheaper than picking up some bottles of Perrier or whatever brand they sell at Starbucks.

My high school students were very confused whenever I’d bring in a bottle of seltzer water and drink it straight from a bottle. One of the students who actually worked at the grocery store commented that she just thought people used it for cleaning. I wonder how they would have reacted if they saw me mixing it up with apple juice!

6 thoughts on “Favorite German Things #3 – Apfelschorle

  1. I drink loads of sparkling water. Here in Sweden we have sparkling water with probably any taste you could imagine. I’v heard that no where in the world they sell as much flavored sparkling water as they do here. My favorite at the moment is with raspberry and liquorice. Sparkling water mixed with juice is coming strong as well. Try mixing with lemon juice as well. We have one here that’s great ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


    1. The US has a lot of flavored sparkling water as well, but it’s almost all made with artificial sweeteners and they’re basically just clear diet sodas. The liquorice sounds really interesting, though! I’m one of the few people I know who actually likes black liquorice.

  2. Haha! I didn’t even know that there was no Apfelschorle in America ๐Ÿ˜ฎ what are some beverages that are available in America but not in Germany, though? Do you know something? ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, you can also mix apple juice with normal water to make it less sweet, that’s how I drink it mostly ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The big thing I know of is that American Fanta is different than German Fanta. German Fanta is more like bubbly orange juice while American Fanta is orange flavored soda. It tastes like candy and probably contains no real fruit.

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