This light and refreshing drink is bursting with lemon flavor. It’s topped with ice cold beer, making it a shandy worthy of any Spring or Summer gathering.
Shandy – some people love them, others won’t touch them. Not so surprisingly, I fall into that first category.
Some of you may be wondering what the heck a Shandy is. The short definition is that it’s a beer mixed with some other non-alcoholic beverage. In some instances it’s mixed with a carbonated beverage or soda. It’s popular all over the world and goes my many other names: Panaché, Shandygaff, Radler – even a Michelada or just a plain old beer cocktail. One of the most common ways to enjoy a shandy is the combination of lemonade and beer.
I know what you’re thinking, lemonade in a beer? Trust me on this. It’s awesome.
In recent years I’ve seen shandy’s become more and more popular. They’ve been popping up on restaurant menus and are even been sold pre-bottled (both Shock Top and Leinenkugel’s make one). I’ve tried my fair share of shandy’s and decided to try my hand at making them at home.
The combination of the fresh lemon and the ice cold beer are incredibly refreshing. It’s not too sweet and the tartness from the lemon balances out the beer – the mix of ingredients just work so well together.
For this episode of Drink & Dish, Ari and I were inspired by March Madness and decided to do a basketball theme (and yes, I know the Phoenix Suns are not in the NCAA and aren’t part of March Madness). We busted out the costumes for this one and get a little crazy talking about all things basketball. Ari makes some adorable basketball themed cake pops too! Check it out:
With this shandy, we are adding stuff into our beer – that means you’re reducing the alcohol content of the drink. Which makes it perfect for enjoying outside at a BBQ or even poolside. I also suggest adding the citrus vodka (which is listed as “optional” in the recipe). It adds a bit more of the lemon kick to the drink and makes it taste even better than without it.
I prefer to use a hefeweizen/wheat beer for this drink – I used this one from San Tan Brewing Company that is local here in AZ, but really any wheat beer will work!
One of the best things about this is how easy it is to prepare. You can make them individually or mix up a big batch to serve at a gathering or party. You can even combine a bunch of the lemon/simple syrup ahead of time and chill so you only have to add the beer – which would work well if you plan on making a bunch of them and want it to be easy for you and anyone else who is enjoying them.
- 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- .75 oz (1/2 shot) citrus flavored vodka (optional)
- 1 (12 oz) bottle wheat beer, well chilled
- In a large glass combine fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and citrus vodka (if using). Stir together to combine. Slowly fill the remainder of the glass with cold beer. Stir gently to incorporate lemon mixture with the beer. Serve immediately.
Please drink responsibly – Cheers!
Looking for more refreshing lemony goodness? Try my Vodka Lemonade Slush recipe:
Ready for another beer cocktail?
Here’s my Citrus Beer Cocktail:
And this Beer Punch – which is perfect for serving at parties: