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Make a Blackberry Lemonade Shandy

Blackberry Lemonade ShandySummer is upon us and nothing quite beats the heat like a bright, refreshing and effervescent adult beverage.

Originally called a Shandygaff, the Shandy has been around in Europe for several centuries. Originating in England, the Shandy is also very popular in Germany and Austria, where it is known as a Radler.

The original Shandy recipe is a mixture of beer and lemonade, but the term now represents a category of drinks consisting of beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or cider.

Although a typical Shandy mixes lemonade and beer in a 50/50 proportion, I chose to prepare this particular Shandy more like a cocktail. The base of the recipe is a concentrated blend of lemon juice, agave nectar and muddled blackberries—one of my favorite berries, which are in season right now (yay!).

PBRThe mix is shaken and double strained over ice to remove any seeds, then topped off with a crisp lager or pilsner, like Pabst Blue Ribbon.

 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 4 large blackberries

  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 ounce agave nectar

  • 8 ounces Pabst Blue Ribbon lager

Method

Muddle the blackberries with the agave nectar in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice and shake vigorously with ice for five seconds. Double strain the mixture into a glass over ice and top off with the beer.

Have you ever made a Shandy? What’s your special twist?

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Snap Smith says …

While stationed in England, the English Shandy was a favorite after round of golf. Simple mix of British lemonade and lager ice cold. British lemonade not like our American lemonade. Similar to 7up (not sprite which is too sweet) but not quite as sweet or carbonated. Wish I could find it here in the states.

debbie says …

this seems to be an advertisement for pabst beer.

Pat says …

My Father called beer and birch beer a shandy draft.

Julie Blanchard says …

Looks yummy...But the combination of lemonade and beer turns me off...NO!

Sherry in Chicago says …

Love Shandy's and the idea of a blackberry lemonade one. PBR, not so much. This feels like a PBR ad, fail.

Debbie says …

Does look good with the black berries, but no beer thank you....

Jennifer says …

Maybe with sprite and a little vodka instead

sally says …

could you use ice tea instead of beer??

Julie says …

We need to make this drink!

Laura says …

The drink sounds really refreshing and I would love to try it out, but I am unfamiliar with the term "muddle"? Does muddle mean to toss the blackberries around in the cocktail shaker or does it mean to press them gently to release their juices? Thank you!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SALLY - I think that would totally work, sounds delicious!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LAURA - You will want to press on the blackberries to release their juices for the best flavor. Here is a little tutorial on how to do this: http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailspeak/g/muddle_spk.htm. If you don't have a muddler it will also work by using the back of a spoon!

Nancy Bates says …

Save sounds yummy

Tina says …

I don't appreciate recipes that are blatant product plugs. I would never in a million years buy PBR.