Meyer Lemon Shandy Sangria.
I’m passing you the pitcher!
Back in the day, like waaaay long ago – years – we would meet family friends at Pizza Hut one night during the week (proudly wearing our Book It pins, obviously) after I had a gymnastics session . Three things I remember from those dinners: personal pan pizzas (mine was always PLAIN because I had the palette of a seven year old since I was one), jars of crushed red pepper flakes (this was really my first encounter with them, and once I dumped them ALL over a slice of pizza and took a few bites – that went over well, I didn’t hate life at all) and pitchers of beer.
The pitchers of beer weren’t for our table (though with seven kids combined I have no idea why not) but as we’d walk to our seats, the pitchers were everywhere! A beer pitcher at every table, practically. I thought they were lemonade.
Hard day’s work + reward? Probably.
My next encounter with pitchers of beer wouldn’t be until college, and that went over exactly as you’d expect. Exactly.
Therefore I haven’t wanted a pitcher of beer in approximately ten years.
Until I added fruit and lemon soda and juice and brandy and trashed it up until my heart was content.
Shandy sangria. Let’s make it a thing.
Since we’re already using lemonade soda, it’s probably not a must to use citrusy beer but I think it makes the drink so much better. I still had a few bottles of this grapefruit shady in my fridge (don’t ask me HOW) and while we’re all about the meyer lemons here at the moment, the grapefruit added the most fabulous extra kick. Super bright and fresh.
Plus, if you haven’t tried the grapefruit shandy, you haven’t lived. It’s is so fabulous. And, I mean, it’s grapefruit. So it’s healthy.
Also, you don’t NEED to use meyer lemons. We just so happen to be a few days away from the Super Bowl and meyer lemons are in season, but if you come across this sangria in, say, June and want to make a batch to take to the beach, use up some regular old lemons. I’d just taste and adjust the sweetness if needed since the meyers are slightly sweeter.
So, cheers? (Now please slide the pitcher back to me. k thanks.)
- 3 (12-ounce) cold bottles citrus-y wheat beer (I adore leinenkugel sunset wheat or grapefruit shady)
- 1 1/2 cups cold lemon soda, like sanpellegrino limonata
- 1 cup cold ginger beer, or ale, it will be less spicy
- 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
- 1/4 cup meyer lemon juice
- 2 meyer lemons, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 grapefruit, segmented
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- All all of the fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher. Combine the ingredients together and stir gently. Pour the drink over extra fruit and ice. Unlike regular sangria, I don’t let this sit overnight since we’re using the beer and it’s carbonated and fizzy. Also, as note, taste your sangria before serving. The sweetness level will depend on the beer you use along with the sweetness of your lemons!
this pour picture makes me happier than it should.