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Radler and Spicy Chips

July 23, 2010 • 36 Comments

Radler and Spicy Chips

- Amanda

If you've never had a German radler, which resembles a British shandy -- beer + lemon soda -- don't let the summer pass without drinking one. And while you're at it, why not make the world's easiest bar snack? Seasoned potato chips. Buy chips. Invade your spice rack. Mix. (The urban equivalent of a recipe from White Trash Cooking.) Then eat a few chips and drink your radler, and you'll be happy you made both.

Summer Radler and Spicy Chips

Serves 4

For each radler:

  • 4 ounces chilled wheat beer
  • 4 ounces chilled lemon soda (or half lemonade, half club soda)
  • Lemon wedge

For the Spicy Chips:

  • 9 ounces lightly salted potato chips (I like Kettle Brand)
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground chipotle
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt

 

To make the radler, combine the beer and lemon soda in a chilled pilsner glass. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the radler, then drop it in.

To make the chips, put the chips in a bowl, add the spices and salt and toss with your hands to mix, until the chips are lightly coated with the spices.

Head out to your patio, deck, or stoop and enjoy the early evening.

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I think one reason the Germans are so fond of adding flavors to their beers is because the purity laws restrict the brewers from adding any. You could never find a blueberry beer bottled in Germany.

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about 4 years ago ryanm

It could be a North/South thing--pilsner up here in Berlin, wheat beer down in Munich. I think the difference is that a pilsner Radler will end up a bit lighter and more refreshing, and a wheat one a bit more filling and sweet. Of course, in these parts they're served in amounts/glasses far less dainty than the one you pictured.

And yes, Amanda, I think a pork-knuckle contest would be a lovely challenge for Food52....

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

In the north the drink is called an "Alsterwasser" and is made with a pilsner; wheat beer in the south with the Radler.(The Berliner Weisser is a very sour wheat beer btw. My summer working part-time as a "Kellnerin" in Staufen while learning German at the Goethe Institut there taught me many things during college years).

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over 1 year ago gwimper

Hmm in Stuttgart if it was mixed with Hefeweissen it was called a Russn, and radler was always made with pils. Living in the boonies now, and I can't get my Russn only Radlers (bleh)

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Sounds very delicious! I'd also try it with my fav Xochitl tortilla chips.

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about 4 years ago Erin from Long Island

I always thought you needed to heat the chips to get the spices to stick to them? Or is it just me? Otherwise I feel like the chips and seasoning never really seem like they are truely united

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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I didn't need to, but if you want to play it safe, heat them a little -- good idea.

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about 4 years ago MissGinsu

I love the cycling reference. That's splendid, since a shandy/radler is exactly the sort of thing I'd want to drink after a long, hot bike trek. The chips would be nice as well. Restore some of that lost salt. (Or at least that's what I'd tell myself while munching them.)

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Yes, this combo is really just like Gatorade. Tastes better tho.

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about 4 years ago DCfoodgrl

Love this idea. I've done the chips before and recently discovered a "lemon beer" made by Lienenkugel (which I don't presume I spelled correctly). It's called Summer Shandy. However, I think I like the idea of doing one up myself. Seems a whole lot easier than I would have thought. Thanks!

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Yes, and you can play around with the proportions to make them to your liking.

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about 4 years ago aromes

Thanks for this post. Very useful

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Glad you thought so!

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about 4 years ago ryanm

Enjoy your Weisse, Sagegreen! Maybe to round out your Berliner repast some Currywurst should be had? Better yet: Eisbein? Now there's a new contest for Food52: pork knuckle.

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

That's why I let Berlin 'inspire' my recipes, instead of trying to recreate theirs, other than the drinks. I do love the cuisine from both the Alemannische and Bavarian regions though.

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Is that a dare, ryanm? :)

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about 4 years ago ryanm

cheese1227 is right: a Radler made from lager or pilsner is *completely* different from one like this made from wheat beer. I'm in Berlin right now, and can promise that nothing bearing the name Radler has wheat beer in it. Also, it's also worth toying with proportions; here in Berlin you'll see more two-thirds pilsner to one-third Sprite. Sounds dubious, but is really unbeatable on a hot day.

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

You could have a Berliner Weisse Mit Schuß on the Alte Liebe! I just found everything to make one with Waldmeister here in Massachusetts. I envy your location.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Really? My memory of it in Munich is with wheat beer. Maybe it was lager. Anyway, I've been making them with wheat beer, but you can probably make it with any beer you like. Thanks for weighing in from Germany!

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about 4 years ago Midge

Sounds totally refreshing and I am coveting the glassware!

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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It's from Dansk, which has sadly closed.

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

It's important to distinguish whether your are talking about a lager shandy or a bitter shandy. The first is for thirst (they go down mighty easily) and the latter is for savoring the moment in which you actually feel overheated while being in the UK!

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Thanks for the clarification. Was referring to lager shandy.

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

It never entered my mind to spice up "sore bought" chips - just the easy snack with drinks I need for my al fresco dinner party tomorrow night - thanks, Amanda.

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about 4 years ago Lizthechef

"Store bought" - learn to type, Liz...

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Yes, it's a great cheat -- and as Merrill pointed out to me, you can also do it with popcorn.

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about 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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Nice! And thank you for the background notes, Sagegreen.

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

This is a great combination. The radler was thought up during the Roaring Twenties when bicycling was becoming a popular sport in Bavaria by innkeeper Herr Kugler . Kugler had bought a huge inventory of lemon soda for this new bicyclist market, but that proved uninteresting to them. So Kugler cleverly combined the soda with beer to create the appeal and deal with his inventory. The German word for cyclist is "Radler,"

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Thanks for this!

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about 4 years ago dymnyno

I am famous for my fennel chips...just put the chips in a bowl..put in the oven for a few minutes...grind some fennel seed in a coffee grinder and take the chips out of the oven and sprinkle the fennel over the chips and distribute evenly over the chips.

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Am definitely going to try these!

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about 4 years ago jdkjd

So wierd, just last night I decided to sprinkle potato chips with lime juice and kosher salt and it was the best snack.

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about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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That's our telepathy feature.

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about 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

I love this. Think I'll give it a test drive this weekend :)

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about 4 years ago thirschfeld

I'm good with a PBR and a lemon, hold the soda. But I like the chip idea.

Tad_and_amanda_in_the_kitchen

about 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

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Like your style.