"Violet flavoured lemonade" Strasbourg Local Custom Tip by Kate-Me

Strasbourg Local Customs: 49 reviews and 67 photos

  violet lemonade!
by Kate-Me

Friends took us out to lunch in Strasbourg to a restaurant they considered typical of Alsace, and they urged us to try a special drink which was on the menu......lemonade flavoured with violet syrup (made from real violets!) I was a bit hesitant but decided to try it anyway, since they all said it was their favorite......and it was actually rather delicious! And it's pink!
The taste is hard to describe, but the closest we'd have to its flavour in Australia is a drink called Creamy Soda (which is red or brown).
Was really glad I tried this drink. Several other places in France also used Violets - for example in Bordeaux we had a dessert which had lollies made from Violets on the top (tasted rather strange) and had the appearance of shriveled walnuts.

Other specialties of Alsace include Choucroute (sauerkraut) and Tarte Flambe (in German it's something like Flamen Kuchen) which is translated on english menus as "Alsacian Pizza" but it seems to be much more than this, though the base is pizza-like.

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  • Written Jul 25, 2006
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