Over the last few years I've become more experimental with my beer palate. I started out with the more popular craft beer of choice IPA's, but I now like to try new varieties when I visit breweries or restaurants with a large draft selection. I had my first grapefruit radler the other weekend while out to dinner and immediately declared it my drink for choice for the summer. They are bright and refreshing which is exactly what I want on a hot summer day. Radlers are equal parts citrus juice or soda to beer, making them the german equivalent to a shandy. Since they are to find I decided to make my own. This beverage is a breeze to make, and can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd. I think it would great for a 4th of July party because it is less boozy than your standard beer. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.
1 12 ounce pale ale or wheat beer
1 ounce simple syrup
1 cup grapefruit juice
Divide simple syrup and grapefruit juice between two highball glasses. I strained the juice, but make it to however you would enjoy. Top with beer. Serve cold.