Half beer, half citrus soda, the Radler is Germany’s version of the shandy. Our take on this crisp, cooling libation is only 90 calories per serving and slashes sugar by trading store-bought soda for fresh lemon and lime juice. Our Radler is tangy and lightly sweet with just the right amount of bitterness for balance. The best part—we fully utilize all cans involved, so no awkward leftovers. For a twist, try swapping in different citrus juices or sparkling water flavors. For the best results, make sure your ingredients are sufficiently chilled beforehand.
2 ounces water
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about 1/2 large lime)
1 12-ounce can sparkling water (such as LaCroix Sparkling Water)
1 16-ounce can German-style pilsner (such as Bitburger or Victory Prima Pils)
Est. added sugars 6g
How to Make It
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes, until slightly reduced. Let cool, then pour into a medium pitcher.
Whisk in lemon juice, lime juice, sparkling water, and beer. Taste and adjust citrus juice level as needed.
Divide mixture between three 12 ounce beer glasses (such as a tulip glass). Garnish with a lemon or lime slice if desired. Serve immediately.