The recipes in the Real German Cuisine Challenge are from the German recipe book Die echte deutsche Küche and will be translated by me over the next couple of years.

Erdbeer-Bowle (Strawberry Punch)

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Refreshing classic

Ingredients for 4 portions:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) fresh strawberries
  • 1 bottle light Mosel wine (e.g. Riesling)
  • 1 bottle ice-cold sparkling wine
  • lemon balm (optional)

Preparation time: about 15 minutes (+ cooling time)

Per portion: 360 calories


  1. Wash and clean the strawberries, cut larger berries in half or quarters.  Put the fruit in a bowl and pour the Mosel wine over it.  Put in refrigerator to cool for 1 hour.
  2. Pour the berries and wine into a pitcher.  Add the ice-cold sparkling wine, and if desired, sprinkle with small lemon balm leaves.
  • Many other fruits work well for the Bowle also, for example, ripe peaches, raspberries, sour cherries, oranges — and also rose petals or woodruff (Waldmeister). The quality of the wines is decisive for the salubriousness.  Whoever uses cheap wine and a lot of sugar, can expect a hangover the next day.  Good quality wine and the natural aroma of the ingredients are the secret of a good Bowle.

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  • Steffani

    mmmm….. I enjoyed a lovely Bowle with fresh peaches when I was visiting cousins in Berlin in 1993. Oh yes…. Yummmmm.

    I’ve been thinking about it since last weekend when I sat at a nice riverfront bistro in Canada sipping a White Sangria. But Sangria can’t hold a candle to a good Bowle. The bubbles just make it so much more festive.

    Shoot! Now I’m thirsty!