Too Darn Hot!

Seriously, its hot, annoyingly so. Many people think because I live in the South everywhere has AC, sad to say they are wrong.  I live in the mountains.  Shockingly there are mountains in the South and they do get snow in the winter.  Anyways because of all the snow and the usually mild summers very few of the houses have AC, so when we have those 3 days when we might want AC we just sweat it out.  Well this year, like much of the South East, we’ve had a heat wave.  So without AC we do out best to combat the heat in old southern ways like cold meals, sitting in the shade, open windows, and cold drinks.

Around 4 or 5 it’s still hot and humid, and its time for a drink and dinner prep.  So I have started making Shandies!  The short and simple description is shandies are lemonade (or ginger ale) and beer.  It sounds bizarre if you’ve never heard of it before, but once you try the refreshingly tart lemon with fizzy beer you will understand.  I’ve made this with just minute maid lemonade and beer, but this is sooo much better.



  • 1 c lemon or lemon & lime juice (I prefer to squeeze it myself)
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1 light and crisp beer –  frequently a Lager (I chose PBR)
  • Water

*Note this recipe makes enough lemonade for more than 1 Shandy – I got about 6-8 out of this recipe

Squeeze the lemons and make sure to get out the seeds. I left in the pulp because it doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t like it just pour the juice through a strainer.  In a small sauce pan on the stove dissolve 1 c of sugar and 1 c of water.  Just heat the mixture over med-low heat while stirring until you cannot see or feel the grains of sugar. It only takes about 5 minutes.  Congratulations you have just made a simple syrup. So easy and useful when making mixed drinks. Now chill the simple syrup in the fridge. It will last there for at least 1 month if you seal it well.  Pick your glass (I used a traditional pint glass), fill about 1/3 full of lemon juice, fill the rest of the glass with beer leaving 1/2 inch to 1 inch at the top. You’ll have to taste test to see how much simple syrup. I used just under 1/4 cup because I like them sour. After adding the simple syrup stir the drink gently with the spoon, remember the beer will still foam if you agitate it too much.  Now sit back, relax , and watch the hot and hazy evening pass on by.

Until later, life is short, lick the spoon!


One response to this post.

  1. oh my word – it was sooo hot in ashe this weekend! and, of course, no AC. I was breaking beans and cleaning windows and sweating like a crazy person. the. entire. trip. this looks refreshing, though! 🙂


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