As an alternative to chilled wine or beerÂ on a summerÂ evening, I quite enjoyÂ Apfelwein which is the German form of cider. It’s theÂ state beverage of Hesse, and Frankfurt has manyÂ traditionalÂ Apfelwein barsÂ in the Sachsenhausen district (just south of the river) which are worth a visit.
TheÂ brand I buy to enjoy onÂ my balcony is Possmann, which comes in at a reasonable 5.5%. It’sÂ a lot less gassey than ciders I have hadÂ in the UK such as Magners, andÂ somewhat on the sour side. As a result, it’s perfect for summer and veryÂ refreshing. It’s fine by itself of course, but I find it goes well with schnitzel or sausage as well.
At a very modest 2 Euros for a 1 litre bottle, it’s also very light on the pocket!