Lilac Shandy Recipe

Colleen Graham's Lilac Shandy Drink Recipe

Shannon Graham

  • Total: 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
181 Calories
1g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail
Amount per serving
Calories 181
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 3g
Calcium 69mg 5%
*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.)

The classic mix of beer and lemonade, known as a Shandy, is a great drink and it is a base that begs for experimentation. So, when I was playing with lilac simple syrup and created a lilac lemonade, I had to wonder, "What if we made this into a Shandy?" That is how the lilac shandy was born and it is a great way to mix your beer in the spring when lilacs are in bloom.

As all shandies go, this is a simple recipe and all you need is beer and lemonade. In this case, we are making the standard fresh lemonade recipe and using the lilac syrup instead of plain syrup, then adding a light, spring-like beer to the mix.
Any light-colored beer will work perfectly here. I happened to have used Corona, though many of the pale ales and light lagers would work as well. You might also try playing with any of the spring and summer releases from craft breweries because they should have that perfect profile for this drink.

The Lilac Shandy is perfect for a day in the garden or a patio barbecue. Make the lilac lemonade for the kids and you're halfway there.


  • 6 ounces light beer
  • 6 ounces lilac lemonade
  • Garnish: 1​ slice Lemon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Fill a pint glass half-way with the light beer of your choice.

  3. Top with lilac lemonade and give it a quick stir.

  4. Garnish with a lemon slice.