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Apfelschorle (pronounced [ˈapfəlʃɔɐ̯lə] (listen)) (Apple Spritzer), also Apfelsaftschorle (Apple juice spritzer) or Apfelsaft gespritzt (Splashed apple juice) in German, is a popular soft drink in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. It consists of carbonated mineral water and apple juice. The broader category Fruchtschorle consists of any fruit juice mixed with carbonated water, but Apfelschorle is by far the most common. Spritzer (that is wine mixed with carbonated water) is called Weinschorle.
Brands of Apfelschorle in Germany include Spreequell and Gerolsteiner (which also sell mineral water), Rhodius, Bizzl and many other local brands. Most famous brand in Switzerland is Ramseier. However, in most bars and restaurants, and usually also at home, Apfelschorle is mixed ad hoc from apple juice and carbonated water.
According to Adelholzener, they produce 'healing water', mineral water and soft drinks. The 'healing' properties apparently originated 1700 years ago, when a Roman missionary, Primus, discovered the water source. According to the legend, Primus - who was later canonized - used the curative effects of the water and the power of the Christian faith to heal the sick.[better source needed]
- In Australia, an Apfelschorle is named as a Chrissy
- Apple Spritzer Product Page, Gerolsteiner, 50% apple juice
- Schorly, Mosterei Möhl, 60% apple juice
- Apple Spritzer Product Page, Gerolsteiner, Lemon Juice
- A brief history of Apfelschorle, GeorgiaGirl, 2006, Legend