Favorite German Find (FGF) of the Week (#1): Limonade

I’ve decided that every Monday I will do a post about my latest favorite German find.

This week’s winner is Eichbaum’s Limonade.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… Heaven help Alan and Lynsie for caving to the German beer drinking ways!

Don’t worry, it’s not hard lemonade. Eichbaum is actually well known in these parts (I gather from the signs) for it’s beer, but these are sparkling juices in Lemon, Orange, and Elderberry. Our favorite flavor is whichever one we’re drinking at the time.

One of the things I love about Germany is their endless selection of juices in their grocery stores. I counted 4 aisles of juice at Kaufland the other day. Albeit, they were next to 7 aisles of wine and the 4  equates to approximately 2 American grocery aisles.

They have a huge selection of Saft (“soft”=regular fruit juice), but if you’re like me and go for the soda as much as juice, the choices are in the minority. They have Fanta, Pepsi, Pepsi Light, Coca-cola, Coke Light, Coke Zero, Mezzo Mix (my favorite; orange cola), and some German generic cola brands, but they have many choices of Schorle (“shorluh”=sparkling juice).

One of the sister missionaries we know came to Germany a few years ago as a foreign exchange student. Her host family explained that with their regular use of sparkling water (it’s the one waitresses assume you mean when you ask for wasser–“vahseh”=water), they would make their juice last longer by mixing the two together. That is how Schorle came to be. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it sounds rational.

With the non-alcoholic beverages being in the minority at restaurants, it was refreshing to see Limonade as an option when we went out to eat. It’s fabulous!

Tip: If you want water at a German restaurant you ask for Stille Wasser (“shtill vahseh”) or Wasser ohne Gas (“vahseh ohneh gas”=water without gas) and then be prepared to pay 3 euro for an 8 oz. bottle. If you want tap water, you say Leitungswasser (“lytoongs-vaseh”) and then be prepared to get a strange look in most places and possibly pay 10 cents.

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