Summer Shandy Recipe

Ryan's Lambic Summer Shandy
Ryan’s Lambic Summer Shandy

Porch season has begun which means it’s time to start serving drinks on ice that both beat the heat and satisfy the taste buds.  Its shandy time!  A shandy (or shandygaff) is a beer cocktail consisting of equal parts beer and citrus soda or lemonade.  Many Americans may gasp at the idea of mixing a beer with anything other than fried food and sports…but beer cocktails are a delicious way to satisfy the craving between a beer and a mixed drink.  Beer is a fantastic base for cocktails because of its complexities, carbonation, and frothiness.  Winter time there are many porter-based beer cocktails to be concocted, beer martinis are fun, and dessert beer drinks are a no-brainier.  Leinenkugel makes a great Summer Shandy which you can find on tap or by the bottle.  If you’re in Wichita, KS I recommend Heroes for some Summer Shandy on tap…the beer is cold, the porch is shaded, and its a great place to kick back and people-watch in Old Town.

Let’s say you want to serve a refreshing shandy at home and are looking for something that’s a step above…something more like a cocktail than a beer.  Here is my recipe for a delicious shandy appropriate for any crowd:

Ryan’s Lambic Summer Shandy

You will need…

  • A glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Beer (suggest blonde or wheat)
  • Cranberry juice
  • Limoncello
  • Lime

Easy assembly…

  1. Add 3-4 large ice cubes to the glass, you want enough to give the drink a cocktail feel but not too many that it waters down the drink.
  2. Add a splash of cranberry juice and 1 ounce of limoncello to the glass (best if Limoncello and juice are chilled first).
  3. Fill remainder of glass with beer slowly (too fast and the foam will go everywhere)
  4. Add lemon slice to rim for garnish (can also add cranberries for look)
  5. Allow to settle for a few seconds (DO NOT MIX OR SHAKE). Beer carbonation will mix the drink for you.
Shandy Time!
Shandy Time!

That’s it.  Pretty simple right?  For my shandys this weekend I used Peace Tree Brewing’s Blonde Fatale and they were fantastic!  I also highly recommend Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat.  I think the blondes stand up better in cocktail form than unfiltered wheat but you gotta drink what you like.  Technically a shandy is half and half of any beer you want to make into a shandy so try a few variations of your favorite brew and see what you like.  If you want to make a true shandy you’ll want to make some lemon soda which you can do quite easily with fresh lemons, a simple sugar mix, and soda water…but my Lambic Summer Shandy will have you kicked back in an Adirondack chair before you can say “Lake George.”  Summer is almost here!  Cheers!

Adirondack Chairs

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