Homemade Lemon Shandy Recipe

May 11, 2018

How to Make Lemon Shandy

Fresh squeezed lemonade and ice-cold beer are always big hits on hot summer days. That’s why we decided to combine both of these classics with this homemade Lemon Shandy recipe. 

What is shandy? Simply put, it's a beer-based cocktail. Shandy is beer mixed with a non-alcohol beverage - typically fruit juice. Lemonade is great, but limeade, orange juice, and grapefruit juice would also make for a delicious shandy. The German word for shandy is radler, so if you order a radler in a restaurant you'll like end up with a delicious citrus-y beer. 

Most shandy recipes use roughly equal parts of beer and lemonade, but the proportions can change based on your personal preferences. You may want to add a little less lemonade with a flavorful wheat beer or choose to use more when mixing with a plain old light lager. 

Homemade shandy is so easy to make, and it's a great way to sweeten up any beer. 

Lemon Shandy Recipe


  • coarse sugar, for rimming glasses
  • 1/2 C. lemonade
  • ice
  • light beer
  • lemon slice


Rim four tall glasses with lemon juice and coarse sugar. Fill the glasses with ice and pour ½ C. lemonade into each. Top off each class with your favorite beer (we used light beer). Garnish with a slice of lemon. Makes 1 shandy

Find more beer-inspired recipes in our Cooking with Bourbon & Beer cookbook.

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