Shandy Cocktail Drink

Shandy

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

This Shandy recipe is perfect if you’re after a simple yet delicious recipe! It’s a refreshing drink you can easily make with straightforward ingredients.

Shandy Recipe

Refresh your palate with this simple Shandy recipe! This refreshing beverage is ideal for spring and is simply composed of beer and Lemonade.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

221 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lager Beer, cold
  • 1 cup lemonade, sparkling or not, and cold
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Pint Glass
  • Measuring Cup

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your pint glass halfway with 1 cup Lager Beer.
  • Add Lemonade: Pour 1 cup lemonade into the glass until it's complete.
  • Stir Gently: Give it a gentle stir to mix the beer and Lemonade.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice to the rim of the glass for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Lager Beer: If you don't have a lager, you can use any light beer or ale. I've even used a wheat beer for a different flavor profile. Feel free to experiment with any kind of beer you like! Cider can also be a great option for a refreshing, fruitier Shandy.
  • Lemonade: No lemonade? No problem! You can make a quick, homemade version with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar. Alternatively, use a citrus soda like Sprite or 7-Up for a fizzy, slightly sweeter twist.

Making a Pitcher of Shandy:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 8 cups of cold lager (approx. 2 liters) and 8 cups of cold Lemonade.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the beer and Lemonade. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into pint glasses, garnish with a lemon wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Beer Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic beer; plenty of good options are on the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic beer instead of regular beer, follow the original steps, and enjoy your non-alcoholic Shandy.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Beer: Most beers are vegan, but some use animal products in the brewing process. Check the brand's website or a resource like Barnivore to ensure your beer is vegan.
  • Check Your Lemonade: Similarly, ensure your Lemonade is vegan. Some brands use honey as a sweetener, which isn't vegan. If you're making homemade Lemonade, use sugar or a vegan-friendly sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: After confirming your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Shandy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
221
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
24
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Potassium
 
64
mg
2
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Shandy Cocktail Drink

Shandy Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your palate with this simple Shandy recipe! This refreshing beverage is ideal for spring and is simply composed of beer and Lemonade.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 221

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup Lager Beer - cold
  • 1 cup lemonade - sparkling or not, and cold
  • Lemon wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Pint Glass
  • Measuring Cup

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your pint glass halfway with 1 cup Lager Beer.
  • Add Lemonade: Pour 1 cup lemonade into the glass until it's complete.
  • Stir Gently: Give it a gentle stir to mix the beer and Lemonade.
  • Garnish: Add a lemon slice to the rim of the glass for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Lager Beer: If you don't have a lager, you can use any light beer or ale. I've even used a wheat beer for a different flavor profile. Feel free to experiment with any kind of beer you like! Cider can also be a great option for a refreshing, fruitier Shandy.
  • Lemonade: No lemonade? No problem! You can make a quick, homemade version with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar. Alternatively, use a citrus soda like Sprite or 7-Up for a fizzy, slightly sweeter twist.

Making a Pitcher of Shandy:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 8 cups of cold lager (approx. 2 liters) and 8 cups of cold Lemonade.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the beer and Lemonade. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into pint glasses, garnish with a lemon wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Beer Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic beer; plenty of good options are on the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic beer instead of regular beer, follow the original steps, and enjoy your non-alcoholic Shandy.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Beer: Most beers are vegan, but some use animal products in the brewing process. Check the brand's website or a resource like Barnivore to ensure your beer is vegan.
  • Check Your Lemonade: Similarly, ensure your Lemonade is vegan. Some brands use honey as a sweetener, which isn't vegan. If you're making homemade Lemonade, use sugar or a vegan-friendly sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: After confirming your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to enjoy your vegan Shandy.

What is a Shandy?

A Shandy is a beer-based drink made of equal parts lager and Lemonade. It’s easy to make, as it only requires mixing these two ingredients in their appropriate proportions.

A side shot of a Shandy drink in a pint glass on a wooden tray surrounded by a green cloth and a bowl with lemon wedges, in front of a plant

What is a Shandy made of – The ingredients

Here’s what goes into making a Shandy:

  • Lager Beer: The primary ingredient, it provides the base for the Shandy. It contributes to the overall flavor and alcohol content of the drink.
  • Lemonade: This adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the Shandy, balancing out the bitterness of the beer. It also gives the drink its refreshing quality.
  • Lemon Wedge (Optional): Used as a garnish, it enhances the drink’s visual appeal and adds a hint of extra citrus flavor when squeezed into the Shandy.

Lager beer, lemon, and lemonade laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Shandy?

A Shandy tastes best when served cold, so ensuring your beer and Lemonade are chilled before you begin is essential. We’ll show you how to make a Shandy in just a few easy steps:

1
<p>Once your beer and Lemonade are sufficiently chilled, take a pint glass and fill it halfway with the beer of your choice. Traditional Shandies are made with a light, crisp beer such as a lager or a pilsner, but feel free to experiment with different types of beer to find your preferred taste.</p>

Once your beer and Lemonade are sufficiently chilled, take a pint glass and fill it halfway with the beer of your choice. Traditional Shandies are made with a light, crisp beer such as a lager or a pilsner, but feel free to experiment with different types of beer to find your preferred taste.

2
<p>After you've filled your glass halfway with beer, fill the rest of the glass with Lemonade. The classic Shandy recipe calls for a 50/50 mix of beer and Lemonade, but you can adjust this ratio to suit your taste. If you prefer a more robust beer flavor, use less Lemonade. If you want a sweeter, more refreshing drink, use more Lemonade. You can either use still or sparkling lemonade.</p>

After you've filled your glass halfway with beer, fill the rest of the glass with Lemonade. The classic Shandy recipe calls for a 50/50 mix of beer and Lemonade, but you can adjust this ratio to suit your taste. If you prefer a more robust beer flavor, use less Lemonade. If you want a sweeter, more refreshing drink, use more Lemonade. You can either use still or sparkling lemonade.

3
<p>Stir your Shandy gently with a long spoon. This will help mix the beer and Lemonade, ensuring that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.</p>

Stir your Shandy gently with a long spoon. This will help mix the beer and Lemonade, ensuring that the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the drink.

4
<p>Finally, add a wedge of lemon to the rim of your glass. This step is optional, but it adds a nice touch and enhances the flavor of your Shandy.</p>

Finally, add a wedge of lemon to the rim of your glass. This step is optional, but it adds a nice touch and enhances the flavor of your Shandy.

History and Origin of the Shandy

The Shandy cocktail, a refreshing blend of beer and Lemonade, has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. Its origin is rooted in Europe, specifically in Germany, where it was first known as ‘Radler.’ The word ‘Radler’ translates to ‘cyclist’, and there’s an interesting story behind this name.

In the summer of 1922, a German innkeeper, Franz Kugler, found his establishment swamped with thirsty cyclists. To stretch his limited beer supply, he mixed it with clear lemon soda, creating a thirst-quenching drink perfect for exhausted cyclists. This innovative concoction quickly gained popularity among the cycling community, and thus, the Radler was born.

Meanwhile, in England, a similar beverage was making waves. Known as ‘Shandygaff,’ this drink combined ginger beer and ale. Over time, the recipe evolved to include Lemonade instead of ginger beer, and the name was shortened to ‘Shandy.’

A Shandy drink, shot from above, in a pint glass on a beige surface surrounded by lemon wedge, lager beer and lemonade

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Shandy drink?
A typical Shandy contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, the exact number can vary depending on the beer and Lemonade used.
What is the alcohol content of a Shandy?
The alcohol content of a Shandy is relatively low compared to other cocktails. Although it depends on the type of beer used, it usually ranges from 3-4.5% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which equates to about 6-9 proofs (when made with a blonde, lager style beer). This makes it a light and refreshing option for those who prefer less potent drinks.
What type of alcohol is used in a Shandy?
A traditional Shandy uses beer as its primary alcoholic ingredient. The type of beer can vary, but lagers or wheat beers are commonly used due to their light and crisp flavors.
In what kind of glass is a Shandy typically served?
Shandies are typically served in pint glasses or beer mugs. These glasses allow for the perfect ratio of beer to Lemonade and help maintain the drink's effervescence.
What does a Shandy taste like?
A Shandy offers a unique blend of refreshing and satisfying flavors. The beer provides a malty, slightly bitter base, while the Lemonade adds a sweet and tangy element. Together, they create a balanced, thirst-quenching beverage perfect for warm weather.
What is the ratio of beer to Lemonade in a Shandy?
The ratio of beer to Lemonade in a Shandy is typically 1:1, meaning equal parts of each ingredient are used. However, some prefer to adjust this ratio based on personal taste preferences.
How is a Shandy served with ice and temperature?
A Shandy is usually served chilled, without ice. Adding ice can dilute the flavors and alter the balance between the beer and Lemonade. Instead, ensure your beer and lemonade are cold before mixing them to achieve the perfect Shandy.
Is a Shandy a seasonal drink?
While Shandies are particularly popular during the summer months due to their refreshing nature, there's no rule against enjoying them year-round. Their light, crisp flavor makes them a versatile choice for any occasion.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Shandy?
Absolutely! For a non-alcoholic Shandy, replace the beer with a non-alcoholic variety or another carbonated beverage like ginger ale or club soda.
What is the origin of the Shandy drink?
The Shandy originated in England in the 19th century. The name "Shandy" is short for "shandygaff," originally a mixture of beer and ginger beer or ginger ale. Over time, it evolved into the beer and lemonade combination we know today.

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