Beer blended with honey and citrus makes a pleasing and refreshing summer beverage!
There’s a slight change in the air. It’s subtle, but it’s there. It’s the change that all parents are talking about and all kids are dreading: the changeover from summer break to back to school. Some of us love it, some of us do not.
It’s curious how the air seems still as I walk my dog each night. I believe it’s because there aren’t any kids riding bikes, playing catch or chase in the front yards. Instead they are packing in as many outings and sleep-overs as possible. Everyone knows the end is near.
I, however, am not ready to give up on summer. I want to sit outside until it is dark and watch fireflies and listen to the locusts. I want to take in the smell of fresh cut lawns and listen to the relaxing sound of water from the sprinklers raining down upon our yards. Before I start thinking about schedules and routines I’m going to soak up the last drops of summer with a few of these citrus honey beer shandies. These beer shandies have the tang of lemonade, the kick of vodka and the deep wheat flavor from the hefeweizen beer. A little honey sweetens it all. I never knew beer and vodka could taste this good!
I have to remember these beer shandies when it’s the dead of winter and all the cold and gray around me becomes oppressive. While these drinks will not bring on a heat wave, they will remind me of all that was good about summer and remind me of what lies ahead.
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- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 4.5 ounces vodka
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 12 oz. bottle hefeweizen beer
- Combine water and honey, stir well. Pour honey mixture along with voda, orange juice and lemon juice into a cocktail chaser filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a small pitcher. Add beer. Serve over ice. Serves 4.
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine