A Radler is a specific kind of beer mixed drink and well, here's what Biermischgetränk means: bier (beer) + misch (mixed) + getränk (drink/beverage). So ... a bit redundant. But I so do like breaking down German words that are nothing more than a smashing together of other words. #nerd
I was going to dedicate this post to the start of Le Tour de France ... 'cause "radler" means cyclist in German and I was going to wax poetic about cycling and the sheep that've been died yellow in Yorkshire ... but then Germany kind of trounced Brazil today in the World Cup. "Utterly humiliated" I think was the phrase the commentator used; it was probably the nicest thing they said all afternoon, the commentators were more angry with Brazil than Brazil was angry with Brazil.
So, Deustchland ... this Radler's for you! Prosit!
As my twenties come to a close (dear God that's hard to admit), I find myself becoming a bit more of a beer person, especially in the summertime ... *hang on, I've got to put my head between my knees*...
... okay, feeling better now. Thirty is my scary number, if you hadn't guessed. I mean - isn't thirty when you're supposed to start acting like a grown person? Just so you know world: I will still buy coloring books and crayons, paint my nails horrid (read: amazing) colors, tie-dye my sheets, and in general still act like the teenager I never was.
Anywho. A Radler is basically a shandy but instead of using lemonade you use grapefruit flavored San Pellegrino (ie: Pompelmo). It's fizzy, fresh, light, and perfect for the hot summer nights on the patio or in the biergarten.
German Wheat Beer
San Pellegrino Pompelmo
1. Grab yourself a pint glass and fill it half full with a German Wheat of your choosing, fill the rest of the glass with San Pellegrino Pompelmo. If you want to taste more of the beer and less of the grapefruity goodness, switch up the levels (75/25).