Blueberry shandy

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Blueberry shandy

As the last official weekend of summer gets underway (which is great news for those in South Florida who are tired of the extended heat and humidity), I present you with my drink of the weekend: my take on the Shandy beer cocktail. And this being dubbed the “summer of shandy” means if you are going to partake, now is the time!

somersault

New Belgium Somersault

I’m usually downing a ton of water during the day, but I like to take a break in the summer and mix it up with lemonade. I love the pulpy tart kind of lemonade. It pairs so well with a light, refreshing summer beer. I picked the New Belgium Somersault since it’s new to Florida and a 22 ounce bomber would be the right amount of shandy. The beer is fruity with a little ginger, which brings me to variations of the drink.

A shandy by nature is a mix of beer and another drink, usually lemonade, ginger beer or ginger ale or lemon-lime drink. The reason there are different mixers is because both Germany and the U.K. claim the drink (though in Germany it’s called a radler). Either way, it’s a tasty, light and refreshing summer drink.

My version includes blueberries because I love the lemon-blueberry mixture and this is about as “fruit beer” as I will get. The blueberries create another layer to the tart fizz of the drink, but you could easily leave them out. It’s a great, light way to enjoy beer during the day or a hot summer evening, and you can have a few without feeling too dehydrated or carby with the heat.

Blueberry shandy

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 10 blueberries, plus a few for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 12 ounces light beer (I used New Belgium Somersault)

Directions

  1. Mash the blueberries with a fork, removing the skin.
  2. Mix the sugar into the water until it’s dissolved. Add the lemon juice and blueberries and stir. until mixed.
  3. Pour into the bottom of a cold pint glass.
  4. Top with the beer, the extra blueberries and a lemon wedge.

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