A great example of an avid Almdudler lover in the states! In today’s guest post Joanna talks about her long-time appreciation for Almdudler and what it’s meant to her during her childhood summers spent in her mother’s homeland, Austria.
Guest Blog Post:
I am super excited that they are planning to start selling Almdudler in America. Since I was a small child, my family and I would go on an annual summer vacation to Austria to visit my mother’s family. It allowed me to form many good memories and a strong bond to Österreich (the German word for Austria), which I am grateful for to this day.
As Austria became synonymous with summer vacation for me, so did Almdudler. I remember drinking it at Pannonia, our local swimming pond at a rural country resort. My mother would buy me one and I would sit in the grassy beaches overlooking the water while eating Haribo gummies. The weather on these days would be warm, and there would be a soft breeze, typical of Austrian summers. The sugary combination of Haribo and Almdudler was complete perfection to my childhood self. It gave me the feeling of contentment.
There were other times when we would go for bike rides on the dry, dirt roads of the Austrian countryside and bring a liter bottle to share at rest spots along the way. I’d be riding with my mother, my sister, and some extended family members or friends. We’d hop off our bikes and take to the side of the road under a shady tree. The bottle of Almdudler would be passed from person to person, a communion of sorts, in which each person got a chance to catch their breath and quench their thirst. These are the types of warm moments I carry with me, now that I’m older. Being surrounded by those closest to me and sharing an Almdudler was a simple, yet powerful bonding experience.
Aside from nostalgia, I also love Almdudler because it tastes great. I have compared it to ginger ale in the past, but I’ve never been a fan of the ginger ale mass marketed in America. Regular ole ginger ale tastes dry and bland to me. Almdudler is sweet, but not too sweet, and has a very fine fizz. Furthermore, I’ve not been much of a pop drinker since my youth. Almdudler is my one exception, my only craving for carbonation. I know the saying is ‘I’d like to buy the world a coke,’ but I’d rather share an Almdudler. I highly recommend trying it when it hits America this summer!
Please feel free to include any memories you’ve had with Almdudler in the comments section of this post. Also, don’t forget to download the ‘Almdudler Truck Tracker’ app so that you can get a bottle of Almdudler on us at one of the many festivals we will be stopping at this summer.