Hello summer! We’ve got our sunglasses on and our SPF ready. If we’re not on the beach or at the pool, we’re certainly dreaming of it. To keep cool, we created a seriously refreshing orange-ade shandy recipe that fits right into our summer schedule.
A classic shandy is made with a mixture of half beer and half lemonade. If you’re not a fan of sweet beverages, you adjust the balance. Add more beer to create a more subtle cocktail. No matter the ratio, a shandy is a great hot weather cocktail. This refreshing cocktail is also low-alcohol, so feel free to have more than one.
We wanted to try a new twist on this summer classic. We concocted a recipe using homemade orangeade instead of lemonade to brighten up our drinks, and as a nod to the orange wedge often served with wheat beer. The result is an easy shandy recipe that’s perfect for beach days, pool days and even Father’s Day!
Orange-ade shandy recipe
Wheat Beer (such as Blue Moon)
½ Cup Sugar
Make the Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar. Heat to a simmer on medium-low, stirring frequently until all of the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Make the Orange-Ade:
In a large pitcher, combine the juice of 4 oranges and 2 lemons, the cooled simple syrup, 4 cups water and ice. Stir thoroughly to combine.
Mix Your Drink:
In a chilled pint glass, pour all but a bit of a wheat beer (such as Blue Moon) and top with orange-ade. Garnish with an orange wheel.
Simple as that! Now, you have a delicious and refreshing 4-ingredient cocktail to cool you down this summer. Orange you glad you have this recipe in your back pocket?
Cheers to staying cool this summer, chefs!