Over the past couple of weeks I have experimented making some home-made delicious, but simple summer cocktails. Making cocktails at home is great for two reasons; it lowers your expenses because it’s cheaper to make your own beverages rather than running a tab at a restaurant or bar. Secondly, it’s a lot more fun to play with different ingredients as opposed to always serving guests a typical drink menu. When I have company over, I try to serve a featured cocktail just to switch things up. Recently, I decided to make a mixed drink using an alcoholic beverage that has certainly made its mark throughout history – beer. The discovery that planted crops could ferment made ale a popular beverage through the ages whether it was made at home or at a local ale house. Today, beer is mass-produced and is popular worldwide. Despite how much beer has evolved throughout history, few breweries stray from the formula’s original ingredients that have been used for centuries: water, malt, hops and yeast.
What better time to have an ice cold beer than in the summer? Nothing tastes more refreshing. However, as much as I love a good beer I must admit that a bottle of beer can be too filling in the humidity. I’ve recently been a fan of the ever-so-trendy shandy; a beer cocktail that combines beer and ginger ale. Recently however I had the opportunity to try a Radler at a local pub. The Radler is a German cocktail that combines beer with fruit juice. It’s just as refreshing as a cold beer, but definitely not as filling and has fewer calories. The following recipe includes the steps to make your very own home-made Radler using a classic alcoholic beverage that has toasted many an occasion throughout history.
Home-Made Radler Recipe
Coriander Ice Cubes (To Make Ahead of Time)
- Finely chop a handful of cilantro
- With an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water
- Add a sprinkle of cilantro to each cube
Note: Unfortunately, the ice cubes I made weren’t ready in time for the picture – I’ll post a picture of them soon!
- With a wine glass, fill glass with ½ bottle of white beer
- Add ½ cup of grapefruit juice
- Add 2 Tb of ginger ale
- Garnish cocktail with an orange slice and cilantro ice cubes
- Serve and enjoy!