Our Strawberry Shandy is a fruity blend of fresh strawberry lemonade, wheat beer, and just a little kick of vodka. It is exactly what you need for patio sipping this spring and summer.
What the heck is a shandy?
Also known as a radler, a shandy is a combination of beer and fruit juice. In this case I combined wheat beer, strawberry lemonade and vodka because, well, I like my drinks boozy. The lemonade keeps this drink tasting light, fruity, and summery, while the beer tones tones down the fruitiness and adds carbonation for crispness. And the vodka… you know what the vodka does.
Can I use any beer?
You absolutely can use any beer. However, I love a good local craft beer and Second Self’s Thai Wheat is absolutely the perfect beer for this drink. It has a refreshing lemongrass and ginger taste that goes with the strawberry and citrus so well, it’s like they were made for one another. If you want to use any ole domestic beer, I’m sure it will be just fine, but here’s what I recommend:
- Second Self Thai Wheat (available in Georgia and Alabama
- Monday Night Brewing Fu Manbrew (available in Georgia and Alabama)
- Outer Banks Brewing Station Lemongrass Wheat (available in North Carolina)
- If you live somewhere craft beers have just not made it to yet, bless your heart, go for Blue Moon.
This strawberry shandy really is so incredibly simple to make. Take your strawberry lemonade (fresh if you’re feeling fancy, but I swear Simply Lemonade is just a good as homemade), you combine it with equal parts beer, and you add a splash of vodka. Boom. Shandy. If you’re making a pitcher (you should) it’s 36 oz of strawberry lemonade, 3 cans of Thai Wheat and 5 oz of citrus vodka. Gently stir to combine, pour in a pint glass, and take it out to the porch!
- 36 oz Strawberry Lemonade (like Simply Lemonade)
- 3 can Second-Self Thai Wheat Beer or similar wheat/wit beer with lemongrass/ginger flavors
- 5 oz citrus vodka
- Combine in pitcher. Serve cold with lemon/strawberry garnish.
If you can go local, I think you always should. Check out some of our other posts where we utilize local wares:
Know of another good lemony/gingery/lemongrassy beer that would be good in this? Comment below!