10 Shandy Cocktails to Beat the Summer Heat

By
Shake up your summer gathering with these shandy cocktails

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

When warmer weather rolls in and the temperatures start to rise, a sure bet to beat the heat is an ice-cold beer or cocktail. But why settle for one or the other? Enter the shandy: a beer-based cocktail made up of equal parts beer and a fruity or fizzy mixer.

10 Shandy Cocktails to Beat the Summer Heat

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

When warmer weather rolls in and the temperatures start to rise, a sure bet to beat the heat is an ice-cold beer or cocktail. But why settle for one or the other? Enter the shandy: a beer-based cocktail made up of equal parts beer and a fruity or fizzy mixer.

Big Blue Beer Shandy

Thinkstock / Jupiterimages

Giants fans will love this take on the shandy, created with their team in mind. Rye and blood orange play up peppery and tart flavors, while the pretzel stick garnish acts as a salty, playful nod to German cuisine.

Click here for Big Blue Beers Shandy Recipe

Dance with the Devil Shandy

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

This shandy recipe has all the makings of a perfect summer cocktail. Beer, jalapeño, and flavors of grapefruit mingle to create a drink you’ll be sipping through the whole summer.

Click here for the Dance With The Devil Shandy

 

Elderberry Summer Shandy

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

In this variation of a summertime shandy, the tartness comes from elderberry Bionade rather than lemonade or ginger. If you can’t get your hands on a bottle of Bionade, simply sub in a little elderberry syrup and club soda.

Click here for Elderberry Summer Shandy Recipe

El Matador Shandy

Shutterstock / Leigh Anne Meeks

For a spicy kick to your sweet and fizzy shandy, try this version, which kicks up the heat with chili powder and tequila.

Click here for El Matador Shandy Recipe

Gin and Juice Shandy

Thinkstock / al62

If your basic orange juice and Champagne mimosa got a shandy upgrade — and a dash of Cointreau and bitters — you’d get this refreshing cocktail. Try it at your next brunch for a change of pace.

Click here for Gin and Juice Shandy Recipe

Lady Lady Lady Shandy

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

Move over, Champagne and strawberries: Beer and berries are flexing their cocktail muscles in this shandy recipe. While it keeps the fruity mixer and ginger from a traditional shandy, this recipe swaps a light beer for a raspberry lambic for a little more zingy sweetness.

Click here for the Lady Lady Lady Shandy Recipe

Slowpoke Shandy

Shutterstock / mahout

This is the perfect shandy for your lazy beach days. Take a shandy, add a jigger of rum, and you’ve got a drink that will transport you from backyard barbecue to beachfront property in no time.

Click here for the Slowpoke Shandy Recipe

Southern Shandy

Thinkstock / MarkoSubotin

Put a southern twist on your shandy with the addition of bourbon.

Click here for Southern Shandy Recipe

Updated Classic Shandy

Shutterstock / Brent Hofacker

This recipe has all the trappings of a traditional shandy. There’s ginger syrup, lemon, and beer, but it gets punched up with some added lime juice and kaffir lime bitters.

Click here for Updated Classic Shandy Recipe

Traditional Citrus Shandy

Thinkstock / Nikolay Tsuguliev

This is where it all started. A bit of citrus, a bit of beer, and whole lot of refreshing flavors.

Click here for Traditional Citrus Shandy Recipe