Recipes for Authentic German Beverages

German cuisine offers a host of beverages for all four seasons, made from German fruits, juices, beer, wine, mineral water and sekt. Refreshment both alcoholic and non-alcoholic! (For recipes made just for cocktail hour, you may want to visit our Cocktails page.)

Cold Duck

Cold Duck Bowl

(Kalte Ente) Cold duck is a wine-champagne spritzer, humorously named in the 18th century, which is still a hugely popular summer bowle drink in Germany.
Altbier in mugs

Dark Beer Punch

(Altbierbowle) Fresh fruits and berries combine with German dark beer in this tasty punch, perfect for summertime entertaining.
Hugo Elderflower Cocktail

Elderberryflower Cocktail (Hugo)

This refreshing and healthy German summer cocktail is made from elderberry flower syrup, sparkling wine and/or sparkling water.
Fire Tongs Punch

Fire Tongs Punch

(Feuerzangenbowle) Germany's most spectacular holiday drink of red wine, juice and spices, prepared in a fireproof bowl. Please read important safety note.
Summer fruit punch

Fruit Punch

(Fruchtbowle) A flexible recipe for fresh fruit punch using whatever seasonal fruits are at the peak of ripeness and flavor, mixed with sekt or wine.
Waldmeister Bowle

Green Maibowle

(Waldmeister Bowle) a refreshing alcoholic punch flavored with sweet woodruff, traditionally drunk as a spring aphrodisiac.
Maibowle May Punch

May Punch

(Maibowle) Classic spring drink made from German dry white wine, woodruff, brandy, and sugar, garnished with colorful fruit and more woodruff herb.
Non-alcoholic festive childrens punch

Non-Alcoholic Hot Fruit Punch

(Kinderpunsch) A flavorful hot fruit drink for young guests. Goes especially well with freshly-baked Christmas cookies and holiday celebrations.


Combine the flavors of dark beer and lemon to make your own version of the Radler, an extremely popular German summer drink.
Raspberry Beer Cooler

Raspberry Beer Cooler

A refreshing summertime cooler made with German Hefeweizen wheat beer, sparkling wine and raspberries. Quick, easy, and delicious.
Rosehip Cooler

Rosehip Cooler

(Hagebutten Shake) Great tasting and healthy rosehip cooler summer drink made from rosehip jam with lemon, soda water and added flavor options.

Scottish Lemonade

(Schottishe Limonade) Neither Scottish nor lemonade, this refreshing German summer drink is made from herbal tea and fruit juice.
Sparkling Pink Lemonade

Sparkling Fresh Pink Lemonade

Fresh homemade pink lemonade gets its lovely pink color from German strawberry preserves and its bubbles from German sparkling water.
Gluehwein - Spiced Mulled Fruit Wine

Spiced Mulled Wine

(Glühwein) The classic German spiced wine that's served warm at Christmas fairs and celebrations with tips for flavor variations.
White Wine Spritzer


Easy recipe for German white wine spritzers and fruit juice spritzers (schorle), popular German summer coolers for hot summer days.
Strawberry Punch

Strawberry Punch

(Erdbeerbowle) A strawberry punch made from fresh berries, a touch of citrus and German white and sparkling wines. Perfect for a picnic or barbecue party.