Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton
If you know the British shandy—beer mixed with lemonade, ginger ale, ginger beer, or juice—then you already know the radler, which is basically the shandy’s German equivalent (thought the radler usually references citrus additions such as grapefruit). The term “radler” came about in the 1920s when a Bavarian tavern owner lengthened his beer supply by adding lemonade, and named it the “radler” (or cyclist) after the bicycling customers he was trying to serve.
Shandys and radlers can be purchased pre-made, but we always prefer the at-home version. Just mix sparkling grapefruit soda (such as Sanpellegrino Pompelmo) with a chilled Pilsner (such as Mikkeller Brewing California Dream) and a few dashes of grapefruit bitters. Plunk in some grapefruit slices for a ‘gram worthy libation.
½ cup chilled sparkling grapefruit beverage (such as Sanpellegrino Pompelmo)
½ cup (4 oz.) chilled pilsner beer (such as Mikkeller Brewing California Dream)
2 dashes of grapefruit bitters
2 Ruby Red grapefruit wedges
How to Make It
Combine chilled sparkling grapefruit beverage (such as Sanpellegrino Pompelmo), chilled pilsner beer (such as Mikkeller Brewing California Dream), and grapefruit bitters in a tall, ice-filled pilsner glass, and stir gently. Squeeze Ruby Red grapefruit wedges into cocktail, and stir.