If you've never had a German radler, which resembles a British shandy -- beer and 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. —Amanda Hesser
For each radler
chilled wheat beer
chilled lemon soda (or half lemonade, half club soda)
For the Spicy Chips
lightly salted potato chips (I like Kettle Brand)
coarse kosher or sea salt
In This Recipe
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.
Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.