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Radler cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Among the simplest of beer cocktails, this mix of beer and citrus makes an easy summer gulper. Similar to a Shandy (the differences between the two drinks are debatable, but in general, a Shandy can encompass a greater number of flavors, such as ginger), a Radler is an easy combination of a lighter style of beer, like a lager, with sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda. Many breweries produce their own versions, mixing beer with lemon, grapefruit or other citrus flavors. 

It’s a German drink that takes its name from the country’s late-19th-century or early-20th-century recreational cyclists who wanted a thirst-quenching and low-ABV drink for hot days. It certainly is all that and more, and it comes together in not much more time than it takes to crack open a beer and pop the top of a soda.


  • 8 ounces beer (a lighter style, such as a lager)

  • 8 ounces sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda


  1. In a pint glass, combine the beer and sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda.

  2. Stir gently and briefly to combine.