It’s a late July afternoon and the family is gathered around the picnic table under their favorite shade tree. The children are running around playing in the sprinkler and taking turns jumping in and out of the pool, while the adults lounge about and discuss the week’s happenings. My sister walks down the back steps with a platter of freshly cut fruit and a large pitcher filled to the top with ice cold apfelschorle. Before anyone has a chance to announce snack time, the children crowd around the table. Each child eagerly awaits their turn to receive their share. This favorite summer time duo is no stranger to their little taste buds. It’s something they’ve come to expect on days like these. There’s no better way to quench your thirst on a day like this than with a tall glass of carefully measured and mixed apfelschorle. This has been a summertime favorite/tradition in our family as far back as I can remember and I hope it continues to be handed down as long as time will allow it.
Family memories and traditions set aside, apfelschorle has been a very popular soft drink favorite in Germany for decades at the very least. Most restaurants have it listed as a regular part of the menu. It is a mixture of sparkling/carbonated mineral water and apple juice. This refreshing elixir is available for sale as a ready made product in most stores, but it can be put together from scratch just as easily. The at home recipe all depends on the preparer’s or crowd’s personal preference. Some people like sweet, others just want a hint of the apple flavor, and some may want just a little bit of carbonation. To make this delicious drink at home you will need only two basic ingredients: a bottle of carbonated water and a bottle of your favorite brand apple juice. Next, come up with a combination of the two that your taste buds can be happy with. Lastly, chill for a couple of hours and enjoy whenever you feel the need to refresh or relax. This summertime favorite is as versatile as you need it to be and it is suited for many different occasions. Try adding your choice of fruit to the rim of the glass for a more eye catching look. If you’re feeling really daring try your hand at a fruit punch bowl. It can be dressed up to meet the dazzle factor of dinner party expectations or it can be kept simple, but just as satisfying, for casual family gatherings or cook-outs.