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.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
- Juice of 3 lemons
- 4 bottles (12 ounces each) wheat beer
- In small saucepot, heat sugar and 1/2 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, make lemonade: stir sugar syrup, lemon juice and remaining 2 cups cold water until well combined.
- Divide lemonade between 4 pint glasses or mugs. Pour 1 beer into each glass and gently stir to combine.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 2g
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