Shandy Recipe

Introduction: Shandy Recipe

About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Martha…

When it's hot outside, cool drinks are an essential part of successful summer living. The Shandy, which is a 50/50 mix of beer and citrus soda, provides the perfect balance of refreshing and light alcoholic content, allowing you to sip all day long without overdoing it.

The lemon shandy is most common, but I'm including grapefruit because it's my personal favorite and also completely delicious. Other popular flavor options are ginger beer and orange soda.

Le't prepare for cool off!

Step 1: Supplies

This recipe makes two drinks.

  • one 12oz can of light beer (wheat, hefeweizen, or lager)
  • one 12oz bottle of citrus soda made with real juice (lemon, grapefruit, or orange)
  • sliced and quartered citrus fruit and fresh mint to garnish
  • optional: citrus powder and salt for the rim of the glass
  • ice

You can either mix the drinks right in the serving glasses or pre-mix them ahead of time in serving containers.

Step 2: Salt From the Sea

A friend told me that in Trinidad they add a bit of salt to their shandies in honor of the sea, so I decided to try mixing some sea salt with some of the citrus powder I made last month and salted the rim of the serving glasses. It was pretty delicious! Next time I would add a higher citrus powder to salt ratio, but I think the combo was a good flavor addition.

To try this, mix 1 tbsp of citrus powder with 1 tbsp of sea salt and spread it on a small plate.

Then use a piece of citrus to wet the rim of the glasses and press the rim of the glass into the salt/powder*.

Set aside.

*A citrus sugar would also taste great!

Step 3: Ice It!

Note: The order for adding ingredients is the same for both glasses and serving containers.

Fill the jug 1/3 of the way up with ice.

Add a handful of citrus pieces. (only a few if mixing directly in the glasses)

Step 4: Mix a Lot

Pour the soda in first, followed by the beer.

Use a cocktail spoon or bamboo skewer to mix the two.

Step 5: R 'n R: Relax and Refresh

Pour into glasses, garnish, and serve!

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    6 years ago

    I will be trying this with my gluten free beer this summer. Thanks for the info.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Shandy + I reckon (rather than just beer and lemonade you have extras!!) lovely


    7 years ago on Introduction

    In Germany we call it "dirt bag" (Drecksack) if it's made with Hefeweizen and Coke, because it kind of looks muddy. And we have various versions with beer and lemon soda, they all have different names depending on region! Now we finally know what it's call here in the States! Thanks for the recipe! It really is the perfect summer drink! :-)

    Paige Russell
    Paige Russell

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Ooh, I'll have to investigate all the different versions/names. Thanks for the info exchange. I'm obsessed with the Shandy at present. :)


    7 years ago

    Looks tasty.