German Businessman Trademarks ‘Grexit’ for Vodka Drink

2015-06-25
GREGORY PAPPAS
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Years of talk about a Greek exit from the Eurozone and months of protracted negotiations seem to have driven one German businessman to drink…
 

Uwe Dahlhoff, a 47 year old entrepreneur has trademarked the word ‘Grexit’ and plans to launch a vodka drink in the coming days bearing the name.
 

A mock-up of the label shows an illustration of Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis happily raising a drink while a bewildered Angela Merkel looks on.
 

“We are printing labels to release the liquor on the market in the next 10 days,” Mr Dahloff said in a press release late last week.
 

When asked if the product was making light of the serious issue of Greece’s debt problem, he replied, “This is satire, sometimes you just have to make fun of these things.”
 

‘Sauer macht lustig’ reads the label, this is a German saying which means ‘even sour fruit is good.’
 

‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade’ is probably the closest equivalent in English – the drink is a mix of vodka and lemon.