Easy Summer Shandy

The classic and easy summer shandy recipe three ways: mixed with lemonade, served with a sugar rim, and topped withe a lemon wheel
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
119 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 119
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 1g
Calcium 14mg 1%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces beer (1/2 bottle)
  • 6 ounces lemonade
  • Garnish: lemon slice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the beer into a pint glass until it is about half full.

  3. Fill with lemonade.

  4. Garnish with a lemon slice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

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.

Recipe Variations

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.