Drinks in GermanHot & Cold Beverages | 50+ Vocabulary Words

German Vocabulary

Coffee, tea, still water & martinis - if you want to ask for a drink in German, you gotta know some vocab. Luckily for English speakers, many words are the same or very similar. Enjoy your milkshakes!

Man drinking a martini
The German word for martini is... uhmm ...Martini
01.03.2022

If you're looking for German drinks vocabulary, you've come to the right place. We've compiled a big list of all kinds of different drinks you might want to order, buy or mix yourself.

Common German Drinks Vocabulary

Before looking at the different names for drinks in German in more detail, let us give you a quick overview of common German drinks. Here are some common hot beverages in German:

GermanEnglish
der Kaffeecoffee
der Teetea
die heiße Schokoladehot chocolate
die heiße Milch mit Honighot milk with honey
die heiße Zitronehot lemon

And here are some common cold drinks in German:

GermanEnglish
das Bierbeer
der Weinwine
die Limonadelemonade
das Wasserwater
die Colacoke

If you want to dive deeper, keep on scrolling.

Coffee in German

Coffee is a popular drink here in Germany, and there are many different kinds of coffees you can order here. The word for "coffee" itself is "Kaffee".

If you order a coffee at a cafe in Germany, you might ask for a "Espresso", "Cappuccino", or "Latte Macchiato".

GermanEnglish
der Kaffeecoffee
der schwarze Kaffeeblack coffee
der Filterkaffeefilter coffee
der Espressoespresso
der Cappuccinocappuccino
der Flat Whiteflat white
die Lattelatte

Of course you might also want to ask for "Zucker" (sugar) or "Milch" (milk) to be added.

This post is about different drinks in German, so we won't go into detail about how to order a coffee. But if you're looking for something like that, we have good news: We wrote a full guide on how to order a coffee in German.

Tea in German

Another popular beverage in Germany is tea (der Tee). If you order a cup of tea at a cafe or restaurant here in Germany, you might want to order a specific type of tea such as "Grüner Tee" (green tea) or "Schwarzer Tee" (black tea).

GermanEnglish
der Teetea
der schwarze Teeblack tea
der grüne Teegreen tea
der Eisteeiced tea
der Kräuterteeherbal tea

Soft Drinks in German

Soft drinks, also known as "Erfrischungsgetränke" in German, are a popular choice for many people in Germany. Some common soft drinks in Germany include "das Mineralwasser" (mineral water) and "die Limonade" (lemonade).

GermanEnglish
das Mineralwassermineral water
die Limonadelemonade
die Colacoke
die Fantafanta
die Spritesprite
der stille Wasserstill water
Wasser mit Kohlensäuresparkling water

If you are looking for a sweet, carbonated drink, you might order a "Cola" or a "Fanta".

In addition to these mainstream brands, you can also find a variety of smaller, local soft drink brands and flavors.

In Berlin, Fritz Cola is very popular (be careful though, it's highly caffeinated) and Club Mate is a drink very popular in the clubbing scene here in Berlin (and also contains lots of caffeine).

Juices in German

Juices, or "Säfte" in German, are also really popular here. There are many different types of juices available, including those made from fruit, vegetables, or a combination of both.

GermanEnglish
der Orangensaftorange juice
der Apfelsaftapple juice
der Mangosaftmango juice
der Granatapfelsaftpomegranate juice
der Möhrensaftcarrot juice
das Kokosnusswassercoconut water

Some common juices in Germany include "Apfelsaft" (apple juice), "Orangensaft" (orange juice), and "Tomatensaft" (tomato juice). In addition to these staple juices, you may also find a variety of more exotic flavors, such as "Ananas-Saft" (pineapple juice) or "Mangosaft" (mango juice).

Beers & Wine in German

Germany is known for its delicious beers and wines, and there is a wide variety of both available. Let's have a look at beers first.

Some common types of beer in Germany include "Pils" (pilsner), "Weizenbier" (wheat beer), and "Dunkel" (dark beer). In addition to traditional beers, you may also find a variety of craft beers and other specialty brews. Maibock.

GermanEnglish
der Weinwine
der Naturweinnatural wine
der Rotweinred wine
der Weißweinwhite wine
das Bierbeer
das Weizenbierwheat beer
das Dunkelbierdark beer
das Schwarzbierblack beer
der Champagnerchampagne
der Proseccoprosecco

As for wine, Germany & Austria are known for their white wines, particularly those made from Riesling grapes. Some common German / Austrian white wines include "Riesling" and "Grüner Veltliner".

Spirits in German

While the older generation often drinks "Schnaps" as digestif after meals, many younger people like to consume their Schnaps as a pre-drink before a night out. The words for spirits in German are pretty much the same as in English:

GermanEnglish
der Rumrum
der Whiskywhisky
der Tequilatequila
der Vodkavodka
der Cognaccognac
der Jägermeisterjäger bomb

Germany is also home to a variety of traditional and regional liqueurs (with the most popular of these probably being "Jägermeister").

These liqueurs are often flavored with herbs, spices, or fruit. Gin from the black forest is quite popular too. A secret tip is "Von Hallers Gin" - a herbal gin made after a recipe by the German polymath & botanist Albrecht von Haller.

Cocktails in German

Just like spirits, the German names for cocktails are the same as in English.

The only difference here is that the German version comes with an article, which is easy to remember in these cases:

GermanEnglish
der Gin & Tonicgin tonic
der Old Fashionedold fashioned
der Martinimartini
der Negroninegroni
der Pina Coladapina colada
der Mojitomojito
der Aperol Spritzaperol spritz
der Caipirinhacaipirinha

As you can see, for cocktails, the article is pretty much always masculine.

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