Shandy Recipe

Beer, Lemonade

This is the original Shandy, dating back to post-WWI Bavaria where it was served to thirsty cyclists (which is why the Germans call this a "Radler," literally meaning "cyclist"). Old-school recipes often used lemon or lemon-lime soda instead of lemonade, which we highly recommend trying, and you can experiment with the ratios until you get it just right.

In general, a Shandy is a lager of your choice mixed with fresh, homemade lemonade (none of the powdered or concentrated stuff). Go with a 50-50 ratio for a barely-boozy refresher after a long bike ride, or simply add 1-2 ounces of lemonade to give an otherwise solid lager a twist.

Shandy Ingredients

1/2 pint lager of choice
1/2 pint fresh, homemade lemonade

How to make a Shandy

  • Fill a pint glass or stein halfway with the lager, then fill the rest of the way with the lemonade.