I’m not one who encourages adulterating your beer – but for a Shandy, I make an exception. A shandy is a Floridian invention. Apparently at an event the beer was running low, so to help it stretch they added lemonade. Or this is a hilariously low rent retelling of Jesus turning water into wine. Either way, the party continued thanks to an enterprising young man and/or savior.
This version of a Shandy is inspired by the colorful can of Stiegl that I can’t say “no” to. Half grapefruit, half hef, I swear I could be persuaded to put ice cubes in it. It’s light and fun, and the perfect summer beer-tail, the way the michelada is the perfect bruch beer-tail. For my version, I created a bright grapefruit limeade, which is also wonderful with gin, bourbon, or tequila, depending on your mood. Enjoy!
1 cup pilsner or wheat beer
1 cup grapefruit limeade (recipe below)
Combine, drink, enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (GRAPREFRUIT LIMEADE)
For 5 cups
1/2 cup grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed
1/2 cup lime juice (about 5 limes), fresh squeezed
2 cups hot water
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
Juice the grapefruit and limes. Put all of the used halves into a bowl and cover with 2 cups of hot water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. The hot water pulls all of the natural oils out of the skins and adds so much flavor. Strain and add the grapefruit and lime juice, cold water, and simple syrup. Pour into a pitcher and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
INGREDIENTS (SIMPLE SYRUP)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
In a small pot, stir together the water and sugar. Heat the mixture on medium for about 10 minutes, until the sugar is dissolves and the liquid is clear. Take off the heat and set aside.