Homemade Lemon Radler

Every good party needs a signature cocktail! Switch things up with a beertail, I promise even non-beer lovers will enjoy this refreshing beverage.


So I will admit that I’m not a very big fan of beer. I have been to many many breweries in my life and I generally am the person that is asking what the lightest beer option is and ordering that.

Now a couple of summers ago when we were spending lots of time working on our back yard I did get into drinking Radlers, only because it doesn’t seem right to drink a glass of Chardonnay while digging in the dirt. So while I was enjoying drinking a Radler from the can it never occurred to me to make my own.

So while I was thinking about what type of drink to serve for a Super Bowl party a beertail seemed to be the most natural option, but so many are made with dark beers which are just not my thing. Now what I love about this drink is you can still use your light beer, and you can make your own simple syrup and you know exactly what your drinking. It also lightens things up so you're really only having half a beer for every 1 drink - win-win right!

Now the one thing that you want to make sure that you use is lemon-lime soda water, not soda so that you are not adding extra sugar where it’s really not needed!


prep time 10 minutes

cook time 5 hour

total time 15 minutes

servings 4


1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 small lemons)

2 cans or bottles of light beer

Lemon Lime soda water


In a small saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a simmer stirring continuously until sugar is melted. Add the juice of your lemons and allow to cool.

Divide lemon simple syrup evenly between 4 glasses (approx. 2 oz per glass). Pour half a can of beer into each glass then top with soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.

*Be sure to use unsweetened soda water, you do not want to add additional sweetness to your drink.