Why order a bland drink you have back home when you can try one of many Szenegetränken (hip drinks) that Berliners love? Here's a dictionary of strange and delicious drinks and drink brands you may spot on bar menus around town.
Drinks Ayran - Salty Turkish yoghurt drink, great with a Döner kebab. Also available sweet, flavoured with mango or cherry. Cidre - Alcoholic fruit juice drink, mainly from apples. Diesel - Half beer, half coke. Fassbrause - Soda made from fruit, spices and malt extract. Very Berlinerisch. Gespritztes - Half beer, half Fassbrause. KiBa - Half cherry (Kirsch) juice, half banana juice. The best tropical drink in the galaxy. Radler, Alster - Half beer, half orange or lemon/lime soda. Schorle - Half fruit juice, half sparkling water, usually freshly made. Apfelschorle is common. Späticocktail - Any mix made in your local Spätkauf late night shop; a cheap sweet or fruity drink mixed with the cheapest booze. Go wild!
Made in Berlin, or elsewhere in/around Germany. Afri-Cola, Fritz Cola - Local cola brands with high caffeine content. Almdudler - An Austrian mix of apple and grape juice with herbs. Ampelmännchen - Lightly carbonated mineral water with apple-pomegranate or apple-kiwi taste. Red and green, like the Berlin traffic light man. Only in shops. Baola - Fair-trade, organic Baobab fruit drink, either pure or with mango, cherry or guarana. Made in Munich. Berliner Mätchen - Apple Schorle with mate tea extract. Berliner Weisse mit Schuss - Sour wheat beer made tasty with a shot of raspberry (Himbeer, red), woodruff (Waldmeister, green) or other syrups. Served with a straw. BerlinerSommer/Winter - Organic drink with apple juice and 10% vodka, plus lime & woodruff (summer) or spices (winter). Bionade, BioZisch - Refreshing fruit juice brewed with sparkling water. Try the Holunder (elderberry) or Ingwer (ginger) varieties.
BRLO Craft beers brewed in Berlin: Helles and Pale Ale. Club Cola - East Germany's very own cola, since 1967, in Original and Null Zucker varieties. Club Mate - Highly caffeinated Bavarian drink with mate tea extract, pronounced 'kloob mah-te'. Take two gulps and top up the bottle with booze for a Vodka-Mate or Sekt-Mate. Glam Cola - Kreuzberg's natural cola, sweetened with fruit juices. Hopster - Alcohol-free hop lemonade, made in Bavaria. Kreuzbär - Berlin-made Fassbrause with caffeine; Kreuzbärchen is caffeine-free and suitable for kids. OBC Cidre - 'Original Berliner Cidre', with classic, strong and rose ciders. OstMost - Berlin-made juice, Schorle, and cider from apples grown in bird-friendly orchards. Proviant - Bottled smoothies, lemonades and Schorle, made in Berlin with fresh organic fruit. Spezi, Schwip-Schwap - Half cola, half orange soda. Tannenzäpfle - 'Fir cone' beer, aka 'Zäpfle'. Brewed in the Black Forest, with a 1950s label design. Wostok Tannenwald - Soviet-inspired lemonade with pine needle oil, taiga root and cardamom. Also in Green (tarragon-ginger) and Faraway Fruit (date-pomegranate) versions.