Swiss popular beverages

Rivella, a carbonated Swiss drink based on lactose, is one of the most popular drinks in Switzerland.

Apple juice, both still and sparkling, is popular in many areas of Switzerland, and is also produced in theOvomaltine form of apple cider. The chocolate drink Ovomaltine (known in the USA as “Ovaltine”) originates in Switzerland and enjoys ongoing popularity, particularly with young people and after a day of Winter sport. Aside from being a beverage, the powder is also eaten sprinkled on top of a slice of buttered bread or in chocolate bar and tablet (very appreciated by the author :-).

The most popular alcoholic drink in Switzerland is wine. Switzerland is notable for the variety of grapes nationally grown because of the large variations in terroirs, with their specific mixes of soil, air, altitude and sunlight. The country produces red, white and rosé wines, as well as some sparkling white wines. Almost the whole amount of Swiss wines production is consumed on Swiss territory. Only 1 to 2% of the production is exported, this explains why it is laborious to find Swiss wine abroad and even worst overseas.


Chasselas is the most common white wine type in the French-speaking parts of the country. Made from Chasselas grapes, the Fendant is harvested all around Valais, where it accounts for more than 20% of the total grape farming. The average yearly crop production of Chasselas in Valais was of 13.2 millions kg for a final result of 10.6 millions liters of Fendant. It is an essential ingredient of the Swiss Fondue and THE drink to accompany the raclette. Pinot noir is the most popular red grape in both the French-speaking and the German-speaking part, while this position is held by Merlot in the Italian-speaking part.


A guérite (a kind of vineyard’s cabin used for storage) near Sion

Long banned by a specific anti-Absinthe article in the Swiss Federal Constitution, this liquor was legalized again in 2005, with the adoption of the new constitution. Absinthe is distilled in its Val-de-Travers birthplace, in the Jura region of Switzerland, where it originated.


There are many types of regional brandies made from local fruit, the most popular being cherries (kirschwasser). Among Valais, Abricotine is populare and made from apricots. It is usually paired with fondue or raclette dishes or taken after dinner, sometimes poured in coffee with dessert

** Information inspired by and other sources, and adapted by the author **