How to Make the Perfect Shandy: Easy Recipe

by Mama Loves A Drink

Delicious, easy recipe to make a classic shandy.

Hot summer days call for refreshing drinks and few things are more refreshing and thirst quenching than a traditional shandy.

A shandy is made or beer mixed and a lemonade and is a great drink for a summer afternoon in the garden or to offer at a party since it is easy to make and can be prepared ahead also for a large crowd.

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Tools you will need for making a shandy

A shandy is one of the easiest cocktails to mix as it requires no special tool! The only thing you really need are tall, beer-style glasses and a goof knife to slice the lemon, to decorate the glass.

If you want to make is extra cool, you can serve in glasses you have previously chilled in the fridge: always a nice touch that adds a little sophistication to your party!

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The best beer for a shandy

A shandy is very easy to make but the results vary greatly depending on the type of beer you use.

There is no set-in-stone rule when it comes to a shandy however, light summer beer with a refreshing taste tend to complement better the taste of the citrus and usually give a more pleasing result.

Pilsner works great and so do some lighter craft beers: the only thing that tends not to work great with a shandy is a strong bodies, dark beer and stouts: those work best savored on their own.

The best lemonade for a shandy

When you make a 2-ingredient cocktail you want to make sure both ingredients are as good as they can be so after you have chosen your favourite beer, you also want to pay attention to the quality of the citrus drink you add to it.

There are mainly two schools of thought when it comes to lemonade in shandy: some prefer a home made lemonade, freshly squeezed from whole lemons and mixed with water and sugar (this is our recommendation) or you can opt for a carbonated soda lemon/lime drink.

If you opt for a commercial carbonated drink, try opt for a low sugar one for the most refreshing result.

Shandy recipe

Shandy recipe

How to make a delicious shandy, the perfect thirst quenching beer cocktail for summer.

This super simple recipe is perfect to make for yourself or serve to a crowd and requires no complex measuring.

Wheter you are making a glass or a jar, mix the same amount of good quality beer and lemonade and you are guaranteed a perfect result.

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • Beer 
  • Lemonade


Get your ingredients ready and start pouring your beer into a glass or jar until half full.

Top up with the same amount of lemonade

Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve

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