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Citrus Shandy

Citrus Shandy

Easy. Relaxing. Refreshing. Sunny. Filled with fruit and flavor. Yes, that describes your ideal summer, but also the shandy, the season’s most accessible cocktail. Keep a premixed batch of fresh juice and seasoning in your fridge to pour into a glass of light beer and ice whenever the sunny vibe needs to be turned up to 11.


  • 2 cup strained fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper
  • 4–6 12-oz. bottles chilled light beer

Recipe Preparation

  • Vigorously stir Campari, orange juice, lime juice, Aleppo-style pepper, and salt in a large pitcher. Chill until ready to serve.

  • To make 1 drink, pour about 8 oz. beer into an ice-filled glasses and add Campari mixture to your liking.

  • Do ahead: Campari mixture can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

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  • For the Sparkling Lemonade:
  • 3 pounds (1.3kg) lemons (10 to 14 medium lemons)
  • 14 ounces sugar (2 cups 400g)
  • 24 ounces cold sparkling water (3 cups 700ml)
  • For Each Radler:
  • 9 ounces chilled beer (265ml), such as pilsner
  • 6 ounces sparkling lemonade (175ml)

For the Sparkling Lemonade: Bring lemons to room temperature, then roll firmly against the counter to soften their rinds. Halve and juice pour juice into a sealable container and refrigerate. Cut rinds into 1-inch chunks. Toss with sugar in a large nonreactive mixing bowl, cover tightly with plastic, and let stand at room temperature, stirring once every 45 minutes or so, until sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 hours. (You can let the mixture stand up to 12 hours, if desired.)

Add 10 ounces (1 1/4 cups) of reserved lemon juice. Stir well, then strain through a nonreactive fine-mesh strainer or piece of cheesecloth into a glass or ceramic container. At this point, the concentrated lemon syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

When ready to serve, add sparkling water to concentrated lemon syrup. Adjust to taste with additional sparkling water or lemon juice bear in mind that a tart lemonade tastes best when mixed with beer.

For Each Radler: Add beer and Sparkling Lemonade to a 16-ounce pint glass. Serve immediately.

A Guide to Citrus Beer: What is a Shandy and a Radler?

The spectacular combination of citrus flavour with beer is an exciting one. Sipping your favourite lager beer combined with fruit soda while chilling on the beach is every summer vacationer’s dream. It’s incredible how lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits have made their way into creative craft beers. Amongst the variety of hops and flavours, Shandy and Radler are the most popular versions of Citrus beer from them all. Over the last few years, there’s been a surge in demand for these unique citrus beers. The brilliant idea of blending citrus with beer dates back to the early 19th century. Back in the day, Shandys were made fresh to order in pubs and are still done the same in some of the pubs. The brand Leinenkugel was the first to launch their bottled version and soon gained popularity amongst beer lovers. As for the Radler, it was found in Germany by an innkeeper who wanted to last his stock of beers longer. He chose to mix lemon soda with beer to meet the demand and people fell in love with this creative version of the beer.

The British have always been in love with mixed beverages, Shandy is their version of citrusy beer and has a huge fan following in itself. Most people worldwide use these terms interchangeably and rightly so. With just 2.5 per cent alcohol by volume, this citrusy beer is more than just refreshing on a hot day. Now that we’ve got some basics and history in place let’s explore the details of these beer-based cocktails.

What is Shandy?

When a blond lager is mixed with lemonade (if you have run out of lemonade, you always dilute the drink with fruit juices like orange juice, cider, apple juice, and grapefruit juice) or even lime-soda at a 50-50 ratio, you’ll get the famous Shandy beer. The split actually breaks the alcohol by volume down from 8 per cent to about 5 per cent. Shandys were also popularly known “Shandygaff” back in the days. Some of the famous beer brands that have Shandy variants are:

1. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

2. Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Saint Louis, Missouri

3. UFO Big Squeeze Shandy from Boston, Massachusetts

4. Narragansett Del’s Shandy from Providence, Rhode Island

5. Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy from Salzburg, Austria

About 70% of all of Leinenkugel’s production is Shandy. This refreshing beer version is a perfect summertime drink and can even be made at home. Because of the mixing ratio, Shandy is usually lighter in alcohol. Whether you choose wheat beer or light lager, the beer used to mix the drink is a matter of personal taste.

What is Radler?

Quite literally it means cyclist in the German language, no kidding. It was discovered by a German innkeeper named Franz Kugler. The history says that during a cycling rally in Munich, his establishment got over 13,000 visitors for beer. To meet the demand, he mixed beer with lemon soda, which he had stocked up and the visitors absolutely loved it! They are traditionally blended with lemonade, sparkling lemonade, or lemon-lime soda. When prepared at home, the alcohol levels in the drink might vary, but commercially sold ones have 2 to 4.5 % ABV. Some of the famous beer brands that brew the Radler are:

1. Stiegl Radler from Salzburg, Austria

2. Ginger-Lemon Radler from Kansas City, Missouri

3. Stiegl Gaudi Radler Shandy from Salzburg, Austria

4. Amstel Radler from Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Tricycle Grapefruit Radler from Vancouver, British Columbia

So basically, if you opt for Shandy or Radler, they are both a beer-and-juice combination. The refreshing taste of citrus in both the beers are simply amazing! The next time you’re in the mood to quench your thirst, here are two of our favourite recipes to help you rock your summer party. So, make your own Radler and beat the summer!

Ginger Shandy

To get the best ginger Shandy, all you need to do is to fill English-style lager up to three-quarters of the pint glass and then blend it with ginger beer.

Southern Peach Radler

This traditional Radler is an easy mix and an absolute crowd favourite too. Radler is primarily a German version of Shandy. To make the best southern peach Radler, all you need is a light beer and lemonade in 50:50 proportion together with a cup of peach brandy. Blend them together and garnish the drink off with lemon or peach.

Many breweries have introduced their own version of citrusy beers which have the qualities of pale ales and IPAs. Their beer-centric experiments have created some unique drinks, more like a cocktail for beer lovers. But Shandy and Radler are your best bets when it comes to citrusy beer. There are not many differences between the Shandy and Radler, except for the country of origin. If you are not a fan of preparing these at home, there are many great canned varieties available in the market too. You could try Samuel Adams Porch Rocker with refreshing tart flavour obtained from a unique combination of Helles lager and fresh-squeezed lemons or Boulevard Ginger-Lemon Radler which has zesty flavours of ginger and lime. This summer, go beyond the regular lemonade, experiment with your drink, mix and match the ingredients to get your favourite blend. Replace lemonade with grapefruit juice and ginger beer. This perfect summer outdoors drink is more like a breezer than an actual beer. Create your own version of the beer cocktail and be ready to wow your guests.


Initially, Shandy was well known as ‘shandygaff’ in Victorian England, where brewers mixed beer with lemonade. Most British colonies accepted the idea, and some even used other available ingredients to make their own versions.

For example, ginger beer became very popular in the Caribbean. A similar beverage called Radler was trendy in Austria and Germany. Since the first mention of Shandy was recorded in 1842 in a magistrate proceeding’s report, it is considered older compared to Radler invented in 1922.

In those times, ale with ginger beer was a replacement for fancy French sparkling wine. It was a forerunner of contemporary lager and lemonade combination.


In the very beginning, ginger beer was poured from bottles. Later, people ordered fresh-made Shandy in pubs or made it at their homes.

Etonians and drinkers in Windsor preferred drinking this beer in the 1850s. In 1855, the word ‘shandygaff’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. After shortening it, the new term ‘shandy’ found its place in this dictionary in 1876.

Even Dickens wrote about this drink in 1860. He claimed that an honest man prefers drinking shandygaff over any other beverage during hot weather. Seven years later, the Weston-super-Mare Gazette printed a poem about drinking this beer and hinted at a social shift in taste among Englishmen in summer.

First records

The combination of lager and lemonade was first mentioned in 1870 in Seville, Spain. At least one lager brewery from this city spread Shandy into his motherland. It is known that he served this summer beer with a ladle.

You can find an article in Gloucester Citizen from 1902 about a delightful beverage made of ale and ginger-beer, called a ‘poor man’s champagne.’ A few weeks later, the Gloucestershire Echo wrote about a man drinking incredible 55 pints (26 l) of shandygaff for one night.

Modern times

Unfortunately, the popularity of this refreshing drink decreased over time, and the Nottingham Evening Post mentioned that fact with regret in 1930. In 1935, it was under 1% of the beer market in Britain.

During the 1960s, the more-familiar lager and lemonade combination appeared as a refreshing summer drink for ladies. This mix has stayed the same until today.

The only difference nowadays is in the occurrence of commercially made Shandy. The first was Leinenkugel, the Beverage Company from Wisconsin that launched its bottled version in 2007.

Basil Lemonade:

Ingredients for syrup:

  • 5 lbs Lemons
  • 500g white sugar
  • 500g filtered water
  • 1/2 bunch of basil


  • 1/2 qt Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 qt Basil Simple Syrup
  • 1 gal of water for charging (if you don’t have a CO2 charger, just use sparkling water!)

To make the Basil Simple Syrup, use a 1:1 ratio of sugar to filtered water. Add these two ingredients together in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, bring the h ea t down to a simmer and add fresh basil to the pot. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the basil, and voila! Basil Simple Syrup! Set this aside to cool.

Juice the lemons. You can do this by hand with any citrus press, which is less convenient if you’re making a lot of juice . To conserve time, you can also use a juicer. We have a Breville Juice Fountain and it works great!

If you’re using a juicer like the Breville , it will remove most of the seeds and pith chunks via centrifuge, but the juice still ends up with some floaty bits. I juiced the lemons whole, pith and all, and was left with a pale yellow, milky looking lemon juice with just a touch of pith (at the Crown, we remove the zest to make oleo saccharum) . Use a mesh strainer and cheesecloth to filter any remaining seeds and pith out of this juice concentrate (a time consuming but necessary step to avoid clogging a keg line) , or choose to leave the pith in the concentrate if you’re at home mixing by cup and don’t mind some pulp.

Cold Brew:

At the Crown we make our cold brews in big Toddy systems using 5 pounds of coffee and 4 gallons of water. The coffee is ground coarse and steeped in big paper filters for 18 – 24 hours before being drained. If you don’t want to make 4 gallons of coffee all at once, it’s easy to make cold brew in a French Press or other smaller device with the following recipe :

Add the coffee to your press, cover with the water, stir to break up any clumps, and then cover and refrigerate for 12-16 hours. At the end of the steeping time, press and drain. Save for your shandy , or any other cold brew recipes. This recipe can be easily scaled up: the approximate ratio of 1:8 will work for any amount of coffee.

A shandy is a beer cocktail usually made of equal parts beer and citrusy lemon-lime soda. A popular British pub drink, a shandy can be easily customized with the beer and soda of your choice — although if you want a traditional British shandy, you&aposll stick to the 50/50 beer and soda mix.

Germany has a version of this beer cocktail called a radler, which means "cyclist." Its origin story involves a hot day, a pack of thirsty Bavarian cyclists, and the owner of a beer garden who didn&apost have enough to go around so he got inventive with beer and lemon soda.


Our LUNA PALOMA mix was made with Tequila in mind. This south-of-the-border cocktail with fresh squeezed grapefruit and other citrus is absolutely delicious.

1.5 – 2 oz Tequila
5 oz sparkling water
2 oz Summer Lakes Beverage LUNA PALOMA cocktail mix
Lime slice for garnish (optional)

How to Prepare
Fill a 12 oz cocktail glass with solid ice cubes
Pour tequila, sparkling water and top with LUNA PALOMA cocktail mix
Stir to combine and garnish with lime slice


Grapefruit Shandy

Now that summer is in full swing, I like to keep my beverages light and fruity. One thing that never gets old for me is a good shandy. If you’re new to the shandy, it’s basically a beer mixed with a soda or juice (or really, any non-alcoholic beverage). There are lots of pre-bottled shandys on the market these days, but I really enjoy making my own!

My go-to is usually a classic lemon shandy (here’s my favorite lemon shandy recipe!), but I also like making this Citrus Beer Cocktail too. I love how light and refreshing they are, it definitely makes it a bit more fun than your standard beer. A few weeks ago I was browsing the grocery store and saw these HUGE ruby red grapefruits and brought a few home without any real plans for them. Then a few days later a friend came by with some grapefruit beer to go with dinner. Immediately my mind went right to a shandy!

This grapefruit shandy is sweet with a hint of tartness – perfectly crisp and citrusy. I like using a wheat beer with my shandy but you can use any lighter beer that you prefer – sometimes I just use whatever I have on hand. One of the best things about homemade shandy versus store-bought is the ability to amp up the flavor a little by adding some liquor. For these, I use a citrus vodka since it always something I have, but a grapefruit vodka would be even more delicious!

I prefer to use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, but I have also used a bottled ruby red grapefruit juice too (I like the one from Trader Joe’s). If you decide to go the bottled juice route, make sure to taste the mixture before adding any simple syrup since most bottled juices are already sweetened.

Wild Caught Louisiana Shrimp Burgers

FOR THE SHRIMP BURGERS: Coarsely chop half of the shrimp. Put the remaining shrimp in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Combine both shrimp in a large bowl with the breadcrumbs, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, pepper, scallions, hot sauce, and egg and mix. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, and then form into 4 patties. Refrigerate 10 more minutes. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers, about 3 minutes per side. FOR THE CREOLE MAYONNAISE: Combine the mayonnaise lemon juice and Old Bay to taste in a small bowl. To assemble, spread the toasted buns with the creole mayo, place burgers on buns and top with lettuce and tomato.

What is a shandy?

A shandy is a beer based drink that is traditionally mixed with a citrus flavored beverage. The citrus beverage can be carbonated or not. Shandy’s are a popular drink in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It’s slowly becoming more popular in the U.S. The light and refreshing nature of the drink make it a perfect summertime beverage.

Our version of shandy is of the blood orange variety that we finish off with a splash of sparkling water for a little more added fizz. We also incorporated a little bit of simple syrup to sweeten the drink up even more. I love using this beer for shandys, but feel free to use whatever light flavored/bodied beer for this!

If beer based beverages aren’t your thing, we also have this Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonic, one of my personal favorites a Paloma. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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