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Winona Radler

Winona Radler 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits May 4, 2018

This is a mixological riff on the classic German fruit-and-beer drink, invented on the spot for a guest who wanted a grapefruity Stiegl Radler. The bar didn’t have that particular beer, so bartender Jeremy Wetmore improvised and came up with this crisp spring sipper, which even mimics the beer’s foamy head with egg white.

If you are concerned about a risk of salmonella, use the white of a pasteurized egg.

To read the accompanying story, see: These brunch cocktails beat the bottomless carafes that put you under the table before noon.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit liqueur, such as Giffard Pamplemousse
  • 1/2 ounce gin or vodka
  • 1 large egg white (see headnote)
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces chilled Pilsener or other lager-style beer
  • Twist of grapefruit peel, for garnish


Chill a Collins or Pilsener glass.

Combine the Campari, grapefruit juice, grapefruit liqueur, spirit and egg white in a cocktail shaker; seal and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Add ice, seal and shake (to chill), then double-strain into the chilled glass.

Allow the foamy head to settle briefly, then use a straw to poke a hole through the foam. Gently pour the beer through that hole, until the head rises slightly above the rim of the glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe by bartender Jeremy Wetmore of the Left Door, in the District.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 230

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 60mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 11g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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