Fancy a shandy?
I’ll be honest, it seems to be more of a European drink. When I mention shandy to my friends I get one of two reactions; a confused look or a turned up nose. I’m not really sure why the bad rap. Maybe because the version Americans have been exposed to the most are the mass manufactured, pre-bottled, come in a 6-pack variety. I’ve had some of that and let me tell you it almost ruined shandy for me for good. For a long time I thought that all shandies were just weird tasting beer with an odd aftertaste.
On a whim, I decided to revisit the shandy this summer. What actually happened was one of my kids decided to set up a lemonade stand not realizing that we had no cups and no change, which are two key items needed to run a successful lemonade stand. We did however have some lemonade mix and a few lemons sitting around. They’d made up a whole gallon of lemonade before realizing the no cups and no money situation. For a food curious gal like me it’s a natural progression of events that I would do some experimentation with our excess of lemonade supply.
Let me tell you, I was stunned to discover that freshly mixed shandy is actually delightful! Add strawberries and it’s doubly refreshing and delightful! What started as lemonade experiments has turned into a full on obsession for me.
This strawberry lemonade shandy is:
With tart sliced lemons and sweet fresh strawberries, this drink is pure sun-kissed lazy summer days in a glass. I could sip on it all evening long and not get tired of it and also not suffer any adverse effects from it. This thirst quencher though technically an alcoholic drink, when mixed has a very, very low alcohol content. In fact, in some areas the low alcohol content of shandies makes them exempt from laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. If you needed another reason to give shandies a try, how bout this? They are easy on your wallet.
It’s cheap to put together, sometimes referred to as “poor man’s champagne,” and costs only a few dollars unlike some summer cocktails. So mix up a pitcher of lemonade, crack open a cold one, discover the beauty of a simple strawberry lemonade shandy and put your feet up darling!
Strawberry Lemonade Shandy
- Strawberry lemonade mix (I use Country TIme)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 lemon thinly sliced and seeds picked out
Prepare your strawberry lemonade. Add the strawberries and lemons to the lemonade. Mix 50/50 with cold beer and serve.