Thirsty Thursdays: Strawberry Lemonade Shandy

Hello Lovely,

What do you do when you like in a third world country that's experiencing it's second island-wide blackout for the week? You go out to lunch with friends, of course! And with lunch comes drinks! Now we didn't have draaaaaaaanks; just a few drinks. The island-wide blackout had us bummed to say the least, but the friendship more than made up for it. I tried the new Kalik Light Platinum, which tasted pretty good, especially after adding the lime wedge. 

Which is how I got the idea to try this. So I ordered a second beer, drank half, and with the rest, made this beauty! No I'm not talking about Beyonce type lemonade!

Since I had recently bought strawberries that were on sale (I always buy strawberries and blueberries in hopes to try a bunch of healthy recipes but they always end up going bad in the fridge because those healthy recipes never get made), I decided to be a beer artisan (if that even is a real thing)!

I found the recipe here and tweaked it for a single serving. Even my mum who doesn't like alcohol couldn't tell that I had used beer in it. She thought it was wine. And with the summer heat we were experiencing (because the electricity was still off) I was super grateful for this light and refreshing summery drink! 

Still don’t know what a shandy is? Or maybe you’re just not sold on it yet. With sweet fresh strawberries, this drink is pure sun-kissed lazy summer days in a glass. I could sip on it all evening long and not get tired of it and also not suffer any adverse effects from it. This thirst quencher though technically an alcoholic drink, when mixed has a very, very low alcohol content. In fact, in some areas the low alcohol content of shandies makes them exempt from laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages.  If you needed another reason to give shandies a try, how about this; they are easy on your wallet.

It’s cheap to put together, sometimes referred to as “poor man’s champagne,” and costs only a few dollars unlike some summer cocktails. So mix up a pitcher of lemonade, crack open a cold one, and put your feet up darling! Impress your friends at your next hangout with this simple, yet delightful drink recipe! They'll be sure to ask for more!

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE SHANDY

Ingredients (for single serve)

  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large strawberries (2 hulled and diced)

INGREDIENTS for a larger serving

  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 (12-ounce bottles) pale ale beer

Directions

  1. Soak the two hulled and diced strawberries in a glass/jar with sugar and lemon juice for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour beer into glass/jar, stir and serve.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge or strawberry