Almdudler is a natural alpine herb soft drink.
Are you with me? A herb soft drink.
According to the website, it’s a blend of 32 natural alpine herbs, beet sugar and soda water. And Austrian’s love it!
I tasted it when I first arrived in Austria. I thought it would taste like apple juice. I was disappointed, much like I was as a kid when I first tasted wine thinking it would taste like sparkling grape juice (I have obviously since developed a taste for wine).
For the purposes of this blog I tasted Almdudler again. And I thought hard about it. To me, it kind of tastes like weak ginger ale, but with more herbs and less tang. I’ve heard you can use it as a mixer for alcoholic beverages, but I think I’ll stick to soda, standard ginger ale and tonic for that.
You know what… it’s not terrible, but it’s still not my favourite.
But it’s very popular here in Austria, for kids and adults alike. So if you ever get the chance, give it a go!
There are two places you can get it, in SA, as far as I know. Hahndorf (German tousist town) and the Austrian Club. $5 for a skinny little can. It reminds me of summer and church day, and reminds my kids of the hostel we stayed in 10 years ago. So at least twice a year the four of us (usually +1) pile into my car and head to Hahndorf to spend $25 on fizzy drinks. And about $150 on biersticks, wurst, and various desserts.
It’s so great that almost anywhere you are in the world you can find little things that remind you of holidays or an old memory… I know there is an ‘Australia’ shop in Vienna… maybe I’ll drop in on my next visit 🙂 And next time I see Almdudler I’ll think of you! Thanks for sharing.