Cocktail Recipes

Classic Lemon Shandy Recipe

A classic lemon shandy recipe you’ll make all summer season.

Making a shandy

Refreshing on their own, beer and lemonade can be even better when put together.

The definition of a shandy is beer mixed with lemonade and/or other fruit juices like orange juice, cider, apple juice, and grapefruit juice.

Originally made with ginger ale, shandy was a popular beverage in the 19th century Britain. In its heyday, shandy was referred to as a ‘shandy gaff’. Some people think “gaff” is a mash-up of the words ginger and half, but it’s hard to say for sure.

Squeeze the day and enjoy drinking this Classic Lemon Shandy Recipe.

Classic Lemon Shandy

Shandy Recipe

Yield: 4 Beer Cocktails (recipe from Epicurious) 


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4, 3-inch strips lemon zest, removed with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • 4, 12 oz pale ales (chilled)




Make Lemonade

  • In a saucepan bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in zest and cool sugar syrup to room temperature.
  • Pour cooled syrup to a small pitcher and add 2 cups water, lemon juice, and mint. Chill mixture until cold. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups lemonade.)

Assemble Shandy

  • Pour 1/4 cup lemonade into each chilled beer glass. Top off with beer.

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