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4 of Germany’s Favorite Summer Drinks Posted by on Jul 27, 2021 in Food

Now I know what you’re thinking, this post is obviously all about Bier (beer), but I’ve decided to push beer to one side (it is of course still the favorite drink in Germany) and tell you about four other beverages that Germans (including myself) love to drink!



Our first drink is a Hugo. Although this is very popular in Germany, it didn’t actually originate in Germany, it came from next door in Sud Tirol (South Tyrol), and was only created by a bartender who wanted to offer an alternative to the next drink we will be talking about. 

This is one of my favorite drinks to have on a hot summer’s day, as it is so refreshing. It is made out of Prosecco (prosecco), Holunderblütensirup (eldeflower syrup), Sodawasser (soda water) and frische Minze (fresh mint).


Aperol Spritz

This drink also did not originate from Germany., Aperol itself is a bitters apéritif, and I really do find it has a bitter aftertaste which I am not such a fan of, however Germans absolutely love this drink and you can see it being drunk in any bar, cafe or restaurant during summer in Germany.

Its vibrant orange color makes it a fun, colorful drink and it is very easy to make, it is made from Aperol (aperol), Prosecco (prosecco) and Orangenscheiben (orange slices).

On the left is Aperol Spritz, the right is Hugo. Image by distelAPPArath on Pixabay. CCO

Munich Mule

Finally we have reached the cocktail that was created in Germany (well almost, it is a variation of the Moscow Mule). The Munich Mule was, as you may have guessed, created in Munich. The difference to the Moscow Mule is that this cocktail has gin and cucumber in it rather than vodka, making it a very refreshing drink in the Summer.

The Munich Mule is made out of Gin (gin), Ginger Beer (here in Germany we don’t translate this, so they literally say ginger beer too!), Gurke (cucumber) and Eiswürfel (ice cubes).


Alkoholfreies Bier

I couldn’t not mention beer in this post after all! But it is beer with a twist, a lot of Germans  also love drinking alcohol free beer, it is refreshing after sports and even served when coming out of the sauna as it is surprisingly very hydrating. It contains vitamins (especially vitamin B) and fiber and because there is no alcohol in it, it has less calories than a normal beer!


What is your favorite summer drink? Have you tried any of the above? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,


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About the Author: Larissa

Hello I'm Larissa. I live in Germany and I am half German and half English. I love sharing my passion for Germany with you through my posts! Apart from writing posts I teach fitness classes in Munich.


  1. lena:

    I’d love to try these summer drinks when I get to Germany. Thanks for the post. I like drinking Radler 🙂

    • Larissa:

      @lena There’s nothing better than a Radler in a Biergarten on a hot sunny day! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Jeff T:

    Hi Larissa! My favorite is the Radler! I find the combination of Helles and Zitronenlimonade especially refresing on warm summer days, even better in a Biergarten. 🙂 Unfortunately, there are few good equivalents in the U.S., and I haven’t fully mastered making it myselft. Prost!

    • Larissa:

      @Jeff T Oh I love a Radler too! Very refreshing, you’ll have to pop over to Germany to have another “proper” Radler 🙂
      Thanks for reading