|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Most beer mixed drinks are easy, but few are as simple as the shandy. This popular drink requires just two ingredients and it is the perfect way to add a little citrus to your favorite beer. The shandy is simply a 50-50 mix of beer and lemonade, and you can personalize it in many ways.
First off, there are a lot of beers to choose from. Although most people enjoy their shandy with a light lager, wheat ales are another good option because they often have a citrus profile. If you enjoy the hoppy IPAs, give a couple a try to see if any work for your taste. It's probably best to avoid the very dark beers. Just keep in mind that the best shandy will come from the light, refreshing brews, though everyone will define that a little differently.
The second ingredient requires just as much thought because your shandy will only be as good as the lemonade you use. It's highly recommended to make lemonade from scratch. It is very easy and you can make enough lemonade to last an entire day of shandy mixing.
With all these options, and the fact that the shandy is so easy to mix up, there's really no need to buy a bottled shandy, which many brewers now offer. You'll find that the freshly made shandy is far more refreshing.
- 6 ounces (1/2 bottle) beer
- 6 ounces lemonade
- Garnish: lemon slice
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the beer into a pint glass until it is about half full.
Fill with lemonade.
Garnish with a lemon slice.
Serve and enjoy!
To keep your shandy cold on a warm day, be sure to use a frosty pint glass or beer mug. Storing these glasses in the freezer is a great way to ensure you always have one on hand.
This basic recipe has a lot of room in it for experimentation, so have fun with it!
- One popular variation is the radler, which has German origins. It can be made in a few different ways, but typically replaces the shandy's lemonade with a fruit soda (often citrus sodas like grapefruit or lemon-lime) or ginger ale. Again, the mix is equal parts of beer and lemonade.
- Similarly, you can pour equal parts lemonade and soda after filling the glass halfway with beer.
- If you want to make your shandy just a little more interesting, add extra fruit to your lemonade. For instance, you can sweeten lemonade with strawberry syrup instead of plain syrup and the same technique can be used with almost any fruit.
- Another fun idea is to create a lilac shandy, which is made with fresh lilac syrup and perfect for spring.
- There's also no need to stick with lemonade. Try a grapefruit shandy, which uses homemade grapefruit-ade for a fun twist.
How Strong Is a Shandy?
Essentially, the final alcohol content of your shandy will be half of whatever beer your pour. For example, if you choose Paulaner Hefeweizen (a very popular wheat beer that makes an excellent shandy), your drink will weigh in at just 2.75 percent ABV.