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