Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy

A Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy is a Perfect way to welcome Summer this Weekend!  Kick back and enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday with this Refreshing and Seasonal Beer Cocktail.

Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy | Baking a Moment

Happy Memorial Day, friends!

It’s a beauteous day here in the Philly area, and I’m so happy that my whole family is here with me, to help kick off the un-official start of Summer!

It’s going to be a busy week here on Baking a Moment, and I’ve got lots of delicious recipes to share with you over the next few days.  So for today’s post, I’m going to try to keep it brief (my patio awaits ;)).

Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy | Baking a Moment

Have you ever heard of a shandy before?  It’s usually half beer and half lemonade.  Which I thought sounded really weird the first time I heard about it- but it is so good!

It’s really refreshing, not too sweet, and not too heavy either.  If you enjoy a hefeweizen with a slice of orange, then you’ll love a shandy!

I’m putting my own twist on this classic beer cocktail!  I just couldn’t resist when I saw the stalks of fresh rhubarb at my local market yesterday.  I ADORE rhubarb, and wait anxiously for it’s arrival every Spring.  It never comes soon enough for me, and it disappears so quickly I’m always left wanting more.  It’s tart and floral, and it somehow has a way of making strawberries taste even more strawberry-ish!

The tangy taste of the rhubarb makes a perfect substitute for lemonade in this shandy.  And I just love the rosy hue it gives to the drink.

I followed my friend Kevin’s recipe for rhubarb syrup.  It was easy as can be!  Didn’t it come out so pretty?

Rhubarb Syrup | Baking a Moment

And I just pureed a few fresh strawberries to add in, however, I kinda wish I had just added the strawberries into the pot, along with the rhubarb.  That way I could have strained out the seeds.  If you don’t want to deal with seeds, that’s what you should do, but all in all it was still so delish and I’m sure it would work well either way.  Let your conscience be your guide- there’s no messing this one up!

Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy | Baking a Moment

Feel free to adjust the quantities of rhubarb syrup and strawberry puree to suit your own personal taste.  If you like it sweet, add more, if you like it dryer, use less.  It’s totally up to you!  I put around two ounces of rhubarb syrup in the bottom of a pilsner glass, stirred in about 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree, and topped it off with an icy cold Kolsch.  Any kind of pale, hoppy, or wheat beer would work really well I think.  You just want something light and simple, no fancy flavorings added, so that the strawberry rhubarb can really shine 😉

Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy | Baking a Moment


Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy

A Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy is a Perfect way to welcome Summer this Weekend! Kick back and enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday with this Refreshing and Seasonal Beer Cocktail.

Yield: 1 serving


  • 2 ounces rhubarb syrup
  • 2-3 strawberries, pureed (I use this mini-chopper)
  • 1 12-ounce bottle of cold beer, such as Kolsch, IPA, witbier, or hefeweizen


  1. Place the rhubarb syrup and strawberry puree in the bottom of a chilled glass, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour in the cold beer, stir briefly, and enjoy!

Rhubarb Syrup recipe via Closet Cooking.

Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy | Baking a Moment

If you are big into beer, you should definitely check out my friend Justine’s blog!  She’s a real beer aficionado; every one of her recipe posts features a beer pairing!

Mix up one of these fun drinks for patio sipping today!  And enjoy the holiday!

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  1. says

    A rhubarb there, a rhubarb here, everywhere a rhubarb! (sorry, I live with a three year old 😉 ) I am not complaining, just so excited I had to sing! :) The rhubarb lends such a vibrant color and I bet the flavor is out of this world. Love it, Allie!

  2. says

    That syrup is gorgeous, Allie! The Lemon Shandy beer by Leifenkuegel is my favorite beer, so I’m all over this version. It looks so refreshing! I love what you’ve done with rhubarb here. :)

  3. says

    I hope you’re having a fabulous long weekend with your family, Allie! I’m dying over how incredibly gorgeous these photos are. I can never take a good photo of drinks! This combination sounds so delicious and refreshing. I’m feeling pretty darn parched right now, I could use a pitcher or two.

    • says

      Drinks are so tricky to photograph! You are so right, I really struggled with these. Mainly because I was lazy and put off the photos til late afternoon, when the sunlight was really harsh. Glad you liked them though! xoxo

  4. says

    Oh, yum! I’m always looking for new ways to try the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo. This drink looks incredible, and I love the beautiful pink hue. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend, Allie!

  5. says

    I’m always looking for good strawberry/rhubarb options since both are growing nicely in our area!

    I don’t think the seeds would bother me though- leaving them in, no straining required =) So pretty though, thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    What a gorgeous drink Allie! I’ve never had a shandy before but it sounds amazing with the rhubarb syrup and pureed strawberries. Such a refreshing and perfect cocktail for spring and summer! Hope you had a wonderful weekend with your lovely family :)

  7. says

    Oh my goodness, how refreshing does this look? I discovered shandies a few years ago, and though I will sadly have to sit out of any shandy-sippin’ this year with the bun in the oven, you can bet that I’ll be indulging in some when I can! So lovely!

  8. says

    What a refreshing drink, Allie! Indeed a perfect drink for welcoming summer. Hope you had a great holiday weekend.


    • says

      I did, Tammy! And now here we are kicking off another one! Sorry I’m a bit behind on answering comments, but I just had to take a minute to say thanks for the sweet comment. Happy Friday, dear!

  9. says

    oh my gooooodness!!!!! This look soooooooooooo AWESOME! I mean, just looking at that gradient of colors makes me feel like I’m on a beach in Hawaii. I wonder what’ll happen when I actually take a sip {more like chug it down} *-* Sadly, we don’t get rhubarb here! :( Like.EVER! Maybe I’ll just go with the strawberries’ syrup and a nice cold bottle of beer to it! LOVE LOVE LOOOOVVVEEE IT!

  10. says

    Allie, this looks SO refreshing (and your photos are just divine, as usual :). Hope you had the loveliest long weekend! PS: How did I not know you are in Philly!? My sister used to live there so I visited all the time. Such a fun town!

    • says

      No kidding?! That’s awesome Amy! I’m born and raised here, and it is SUCH a fun town. I love it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. Hope your weekend was relaxing and fun. PS- I can’t wait to read more about Guatemala!

  11. says

    Hi! Your blog is beautiful. You have such unique amazing recipes! I recently started my own food blog, It’s a restaurant blog, not recipes, but I’d love any advice on how to make it grow and flourish like yours! All the best,
    Isara =)


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