Who doesn’t love a shandy? This simple, refreshing Lemon Shandy is made with homemade lemonade and wheat beer.
Believe it or not, I used to be somewhat adverse to lemons mixing with other types of food. Lemon chicken and rice soup really confused me and I didn’t understand the allure.
What can I say? Taste buds change, and now I’ll order lemon chicken soup from the Greek carryout whenever I get a chance.
The mixture of beer and lemonade known as a “shandy” used to really perturb me, but you guessed it – not anymore! Today I’m bringing you a Meyer Lemon Shandy, because I’m still clinging to the last of this year’s Meyer lemon bounty. Feel free to use traditional lemons in this recipe instead.
You only need 3 ingredients (plus water) for this lemon shandy:
- lemon juice
- wheat beer
What beer is best for a shandy?:
This really isn’t the time to experiment with dark beers like porters or stouts, or heavily hopped or complex-tasting beers. Keep it light and simple, OK? My favorite is wheat beer, but pilsners and saisons are also great choices for a lemon shandy.
Wheat beer keeps it light and refreshing, the perfect accompaniment to something like wonton nachos or a football charcuterie board.
Who doesn't love a shandy? This simple, refreshing Lemon Shandy is made with homemade lemonade and wheat beer.
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1-1/3 cups chilled sparkling water
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 bottles (12 ounces each) chilled wheat beer (I used Weihenstephaner Hefe)
- In small saucepot, heat sugar and 1/3 cup water to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. When all sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to jar and refrigerate until chilled.
- In small pitcher, stir together sparkling water, lemon juice and sugar syrup until well combined.
- Pours beer into chilled pint glasses and top each glass with sparkling lemonade. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g
More great recipes for lemon lovers:
- Lemon Tahini Dressing – drizzle on just about anything
- Lemon Herb Baked Sockeye Salmon Recipe – a great recipe to have in your back pocket
- Lemon Cardamom Coconut Granola – brighten up your breakfast!
- Lemon Drop Margaritas – who says you need limes with tequila?
- Lemon Smoothie – one of those most popular recipes on this site!
- Lemon Snowball Cookies from Live Well Bake Often
- Lemon Butter Chicken from Recipes Worth Repeating
I LOVE a good shandy in the summer. It’s so refreshing and light and perfect for beating the heat. These Pringles sound pretty tasty too. They are such a delicious snack….yum!
Yesssss, a fellow shandy lover! I think they are sort of polarizing, because I know some people who hate them. But in my opinion, beer + lemonade = what’s not to love?
I haven’t heard of a shandy until you told me about them. I need to try this next time I’m snacking on some Pringles!
Oh, you MUST try a shandy! I’ll see if I can find you one this weekend 🙂
so awesome! and so good with chips too! <3
Thanks so much for stopping by, Kelsey!
Can you make me one of these tonight after class? It looks delicious. I think the use of a wheat beer was a great idea. And the brand you used for this post – we’ll call it Shmoegaraden – seems like a perfect choice. I tested the pringles for you earlier and I think they do have a good limey salty quality to them that pairs well with a cold brew.
Oh wow, this looks so refreshing!! Meyer lemons are so good. And so are pringles!
Thanks for stopping by, Dorothy!
This looks perfect for a sunny day!!
Thanks so much, Gerry!