Summer Edition: What to Drink in Berlin this (Hot) Summer
Whether you are looking for some relief from the heat or in the game to try something new and trendy this summer, we put a list of (non-alcoholic) beverages you might want to treat yourself to in the coming weeks.
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Looking for a change from an afternoon coffee routine? Then head to Dosha Teehaus Taiwan in Friedrichshain. There you can choose from a large selection of milk teas (we like Lavender Oolong Milk Tea), fresh fruit teas (like Summer Momo, which is a mix of orange, maracuja, pineapple and apple mixed with Peach Oolong Tea), cream cheese teas (don’t be surprised, but these are made with pink rock salt, whipped cream, cheese and milk), tea lattes (why not swap the usual Matcha Latte for Nantou Rose Black Latte), brûlée teas (thick milk-based teas with sugar and cream pudding), and, finally, from a lighter traditional version of fresh-pressed teas. Now these’re some teas with a twist!
You can’t wow too many Berliners with iced lattes and espresso tonics anymore. So how about giving a Beetroot and Blackberry Cold Brew at Five Elephant a try? It’s refreshing and balanced, yet complex enough and loaded with a goodness of antioxidants.Another perfect thirst-quenching drink from Five Elephant is Marmalade Lemonade. Yum!
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At Bekarei, a Portuguese-Greek joint in Prenzlauberg, there is an array of traditional iced coffee varieties which will make you feel as if you are chilling on a beach. Frappe, Freddo and Freddocino are on the menu – they sound like handsome men’s names, and my imagination goes wild and far as I sip their sugary goodness. For those in Kreuzberg, there’s also Pastel and a Bekarei truck at Markthalle Neun.
If you are in Hackesche Höfe, stop by Ben Rahim and ask for an iced Rose Latte. Spiced with a bit of cardamom and rose oil, garnished with rose petals – it’s a Bohemian among the iced coffees.
Lastly, Viniculture sells fined-aged kombucha, deliciously complex, fermented in Basque country by Ama Brewery. Ama pét-nat tea, what they call it, comes in several varieties and takes minimum 6 months of aging. It’s low in alcohol and lightly sparkling, brewed using local spring water and high-quality tea and herbs.
We love that there’s always room for experimentation in our city. We hope you, too, get to enjoy some of these fabulous beverages.