As you know, I’m not a fan of alcohol, so when I learned that Germans, major beer brewers, like to mix theirs with lemon soda in a drink they call a Radler, I knew life would never be the same. Sure, I still don’t love beer, but I now have a much more palatable beer option for the rare moments where drinking the stuff is unavoidable, and I have to say it’s pretty good. The easy recipe for beer lovers and tolerators alike is after the jump. Prost! That’s “cheers” in German.
You’ll need: white beer (a German one if you want to be more authentic), lemon soda (San Pellegrino Limonata is perfect for this), and a lemon for garnishing your glass (I got lazy and ended up skipping the lemon). I’ve seen other recipes use regular lemonade or lemon-lime soda, so feel free to use whatever you prefer. I went with Limonata because it seemed most German/European, and I’m all about pretending I’m European.
The rest of the process is entirely up to you. For obvious reasons, I poured more lemon soda than beer in my glass, and did the reverse for Brian. It’s as simple as that.
We enjoyed our radlers with a big and buttery pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. I considered making another batch of soft pretzel bites, but for the same reasons I dropped garnishing our glasses with lemons, getting a pretzel from the mall seemed like the best choice. Other great choices: beer with lemon soda, or lemon soda with beer. Drink up!
- white beer
- lemon soda
- Pour beer and lemon soda in a glass. The ratio is entirely up to you.
- Substitute lemon soda with lemon-lime soda or regular lemonade.