Hello summer! We’ve got our sunglasses on, our SPF ready, and 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 summer cocktail that fits right into our summer day(dream)s: the Orange-Ade Shandy!
Claire, our Test Kitchen Manager, grew up in the south of France, and her very first drink was half beer and half lemonade, also known as a shandy (we’ll reserve comment as to how old she was when she had this first drink.) Eventually the ratio of this gateway drink shifted, and what was once a half-and-half turned into a beer topped with a dash of cold lemonade.
No matter the ratio, a shandy is a great hot weather cocktail, and Claire still drinks and serves them all summer long on her back patio in Brooklyn.
We wanted to try a new twist on this summer classic, and since a lot of wheat beers are served with an orange wedge, we concocted a recipe using homemade orangeade instead of lemonade to brighten up our drinks. And, thus, our search for the perfect summer cocktail ended, with a shandy recipe fit for beach days, pool days and even Father’s Day!
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!