thirsty thursday: the summer shandy

Standing beside the hubs one evening, the grill a-blazing, I couldn’t help but feel the need for something sweet and refreshing to quench our thirst and cool us down. With it being a weeknight {sometimes you need a fun drink, am I right?!}, neither of us had the desire to spend 15 minutes whipping up a festive cocktail. There was no chilled wine in the refrigerator, and I didn’t want to feel weighed down with a heavy beer. Sometimes, you know what you want, but just can’t put your finger on it, no?

And then I remembered watching Giada on my beloved Food Network a long time ago. She was hosting a BBQ for friends, and was preparing a “shandy”. Nothing more than chilled, crisp beer and sweet lemonade, I knew that this would be the perfect item to take the heat down a notch.

A quick survey of our refrigerator provided us with everything needed.

Lemonade – check.

Beer – check.

Bubbly – check.

I quickly stowed some pint glasses in the freezer and the hubs set to work. No sooner than he had popped open two cold ones and measured out the lemonade, the drinks were ready!

…it’s not always about how fancy you can get with your beverages! For me, it’s about the experience of whipping up something fun and tasty with my husband to perfectly suit our meal and mood. And that night, when a summer shandy was needed, it was absolute perfection. Trust me when I say this is a MUST for anytime you’re grilling out!


Summer Shandy {adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon}

{serves 1}


1/2 cup good lemonade, nice and cold {preferably homemade, but if you’re in a pinch, I love to use Simply Lemonade}

sparkling water, for serving

lemon wedges, optional

1 {12 ounce} bottle of chilled Hefeweizen, or other unfiltered wheat beer {I think an IPA would be a great twist on this!}

To Prepare:

Place lemon juice and sugar into a pitcher and stir. Add in waters and continue to stir until sugar dissolves.

Pour lemonade into the bottom of a chilled pint glass. If needed, add in a few ice cubes.

Pour beer atop lemonade. Top  with a generous splash of sparkling water, and garnish with a wedge of lemon. Serve.

Craft cocktail-style shandy

photo c/o the couch sessions

Let’s Discuss: How do you feel about mixing beer with other flavors? Are you team “pure beer” or team “boozed up beer”?

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