Most beer mixed drinks are easy, though few are as simple as the Shandy. This popular drink requires just two ingredients and is the perfect way to add a little citrus to your favorite beer.
The Shandy is, quite 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 and most people enjoy their Shandy with a light beer, though wheats are another good option. If you enjoy the hoppy IPAs, give one a try and I would avoid the very dark beers. The best Shandy will come from the light, refreshing brews.
The second ingredient requires just as much thought because your Shandy will only be as good as the lemonade you use. I highly recommend making lemonade from scratch (link in the recipe below). It is very easy and you can make enough lemonade to last an entire day of Shandy mixing.
If you want to make your Shandy just a little more interesting, add an extra fruit to your lemonade. This Strawberry Lemonade is a good example and the same syrup technique can be used with almost any fruit. This basic recipe has a lot of room in it for experimentation, so have fun with it.
I've also included a few variations on the shandy below this recipe.
- Pour beer into a pint glass until it is about half full.
- Fill with lemonade.
- Garnish with a lemon slice.
Final Thoughts on the Shandy
There are a number of beer producers who are now producing a ready-made shandy and I think you will find that they pale in comparison to the fresh Shandy used in this recipe. While I often have a hard time enjoying these bottled mixed drinks, I also cannot get beyond the fact that a drink as simple as the Shandy needs to be pre-mixed... it's two ingredients! Get a glass and pour.