Beer is great on its own, but it doesn’t have to be a solo act. It adds body, bubbles and a frothy kick to cocktails, even when the cocktail only contains two ingredients, and neither are liquor. Enter the Shandy.
The light, refreshing and relatively low-alcohol Shandy was popularized in Europe during the early 20th century. Typically composed of light beer and lemonade, the Shandy is a thirst-quenching option on hot days, particularly if lawnmowers or sunny patios are involved.
The Lemon Shandy is a classic combination of lager and lemonade, poured in equal parts and served in a pint glass. With just two ingredients and no special tools or techniques required, it can be constructed by anyone, regardless of bartending pedigree or home bar setup. The result is light, fizzy and quaffable—all the traits you want in a warm-weather drink.
If you like the Shandy, you can also try the Radler, another (and very similar) drink that combines light beer with sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda. Though exact recipes and proportions can differ, the primary difference is simply one of language: Shandy is the British term, while Radler is used in Germany. Ask for either, and you’re likely to receive the same drink, though you may find certain bars employ other ingredients, like ginger or an alternative citrus.
If you want to skip the step of making a Lemon Shandy for yourself, many breweries produce their own versions by mixing beer with lemonade or lemon soda, so it’s possible to stow a few cans in your bag the next time you require refreshing beverages at the beach or the park.
8 ounces lager beer
8 ounces lemonade
In a pint glass, combine the lager and lemonade and stir briefly to combine.