I'm not a big drinker, but I do love me a margarita on the rocks now and then, and nothing beats an ice cold beer in the summer.
I tend to like lighter, refreshing drinks. And I'm not big on beers with anything added into them (like oranges, lemons). So I was skeptical when my neighbor handed me a Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy while we were outside last Friday night. Lemonade Beer? But it was a hot night and we were really working up a sweat watching our kids ride their scooters in the cul-de-sac, so I gave it a try. I actually liked the beer, it was refreshing, not sweet at all, just a hint of lemon. I decided to pick up a six-pack the next time I went to the store, but they were all out :-(.
I was really looking forward to drinking a Summer Shandy, so I decided to try and make my own! I experimented a little bit over the weekend (rough job!) until I found a recipe that I was really happy with. It's nothing like the Leinenkugel's… this is much more like a lemonade punch than a beer. But oh, it's soooo good!
On my first attempt, I tried a New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer with some fresh lemon juice. It was okay, but lacked a little something something. I was out of lemons and wasn't about to run back out to the store, but I was still thirsty for my Summer Shandy! Then I remembered the frozen lemonade I had purchased for a get together that never happened.
I mixed up the lemonade with water and a bottle of beer. It wasn't bad. Still wasn't quite what I wanted.
Oh yeah, I hid a couple of pints of strawberries in the garage fridge (I have to hide them from my girls or they never see the light of the fridge)! I cut up a pint and threw them in the brew, slightly muddling the strawberries while stirring. That was much better, but I felt it was still lacking a bit… then I remembered my Absolut Citron in the freezer, jackpot!
It's not at all what I started out to make, but the end product is super yummy. It is safe to say my Summer Shandy punch will be making an appearance many times over the summer. I may even put it in the freezer for a bit and turn it into an adult slushy. Can't wait for the next Mommy Juice night. It's going to be epic… well, okay, maybe not epic, but really great! Note to self, stock up on lemonade and wheat beer on the next trip to the market.
Summer Shandy Strawberry Lemonade Punch
12 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 bottle of beer (I used a New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer, use something light)
12 oz Absolute Citron
12 oz water
1 pint sliced strawberries
2 sliced lemons (optional)
1. Pour the thawed lemonade concentrate in a pitcher
2. Add 1 bottle of beer, Citron and water (pour into the 12 oz lemonade can to measure) and stir until thoroughly mixed
3. Add strawberries, slightly muddle when stirring
4. Add lemon slices and ice
What is your favorite summer drink?