Cheers to Beer Refreshers!

There have been some hot days here in SF, so I’ve been out bike riding as much as I can. Halfway through my most recent trip, my riding partner said, “Let's stop off for a beer," and then goes ahead and orders a Radler. “What’s that?” I ask.

His response: It’s a sports drink. Not the exact answer I was expecting, but he was right. It was the perfect post-ride beverage. In fact, radler means "cyclist" in German, and is considered a sports drink of sorts in Germany.

After watching the bartender pour lemonade into a 3/4-full pint of lager, I think “Hey, why not?” If you’re looking for a refreshing drink, you should give it a shot too.

Try these three common beer mixes. The ratios are up to the drinker, because at the end of the day, it’s simple summer fun—or just another Thirsty Thursday here at CHOW.

TRADITIONAL RADLER
• 1 bottle lager beer (we used Weihenstephaner lager)
• 1 bottle lemon soda (we used Jones Stripped [Natural] Lemon Lime Soda)

Step 1: Fill a glass three-quarters full with lager (or if you want the lemon soda flavor to be more pronounced, then only fill the glass up halfway).

Step 2: Pour the lemon lime soda to fill the glass completely.

SHANDY
• 1 bottle lager (we used Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager)
• 1 bottle ginger beer (we used Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew)

Step 1: Fill a pint glass three-quarters full with lager (or if you want the ginger flavor to be more pronounced, then only fill the glass up halfway).

Step 2: Pour the ginger beer until the glass is filled.

RASPBERRY RADLER
• 1 bottle wheat beer (we used Erdinger Hefe-Weizen)
• 1 bottle raspberry Belgian beer (we used Timmermans Framboise Lambicus)

Step 1: Fill a pilsner glass three-quarters full with wheat beer (or if you want the fruit flavor to be more pronounced, then only fill the glass up halfway).

Step 2: Pour the raspberry lambic until the glass is filled.

Check out our past Thirsty Thursday projects, Erik Ellestad's Atholl Brose Cocktail and Christopher Longoria’s Basil Mezcal Sour Cocktail.

Photos, styling, and animated GIFs by Chris Rochelle