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Grapefruit Shandy

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Most bars or home mixologists can easily whip up this quick summer cocktail. Ben Heller, operations manager at 17th Street Barbecue in Murphysboro, Illinois, suggests pairing a quality beer with freshly squeezed lemonade. Though a traditional shandy is typically half beer and half lemonade, Heller prefers the added complexity of grapefruit. A lager will suffice in this recipe, but Heller recommends a pale ale.

“A little bit of hops goes well with citrus,” Heller says. “Just make sure the beer and lemonade are cold before you pour them into a frosted mug.”

Myriad versions have been invented since this drink first appeared in the 1850s, so there are plenty of options, but this recipe couldn’t be simpler.

Grapefruit shandy

Grapefruit Shandy

  • 5 oz cold lemonade
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz cold pale ale or lager beer
  • lemon twist, for garnish

In chilled pint glass, stir together lemonade and grapefruit juice; pour beer on top. Serve cold with a lemon twist for garnish.


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