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.
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 ;)).
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 its 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?
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!
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 😉
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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Strawberry Rhubarb Shandy
- 2 ounces (56.7 ml) rhubarb syrup
- 2-3 strawberries, pureed (I use this mini-chopper)
- 12 ounces (340.2 ml) cold beer, (1 bottle), such as Kolsch, IPA, witbier, or hefeweizen
- Place the rhubarb syrup and strawberry puree in the bottom of a chilled glass, and stir to combine.
- Pour in the cold beer, stir briefly, and enjoy!
So beautiful and refreshing Allie! What gorgeous photos too.
You rock girl!
Thanks, Melanie! You too! 😉
Yes! This Shandy looks bright, refreshing and crazy tasty!
It so is, Jessica! We loved it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment; hope you’re feeling better dear!
I’ve only recently developed a taste for beer, but I still prefer the girly versions, so this looks right up my alley. Beautiful photos as always, Allie!
I will admit that this is on the girlier side 😉 But it’s still beer, so it’s totally ok for a man to drink too!
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.
They didn’t bother me too much either, Laura! I’m so glad you like the idea; thank you for the sweet comment <3
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!
Oh, I really did Jamie! The weather was just beautiful. So nice to chill out with the fam. Hope you enjoyed too, and thanks so much for the sweet comment!
We have a lot of these kinds of drinks in Germany. The most popular ones are beer x sprite, beer x raspberry syrup and berr x galium odoratum. I’m not a huge fan of beer but a little syrup always works 😀
Oh wow! I never knew that… Now I have to go google gallium odoratum, lol! Thanks for reading, and commenting, Love Your Ego! 😀
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.
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
I love Shandys Allie! This is such a fun and refreshing summer drink!! So creative! 🙂
Thanks Renee! I really liked how the tart rhubarb tasted with the hoppy beer! 😀
Oh my. I’ve never heard of a shandy before. This would get me to drink beer. LOVE it, pinned!
Thanks Dorothy! I know, right? Sometimes I have a tough time with beer too, but it tasted so good with the sweet/tart strawberry rhubarb. Thanks so much for reading, and for the sweet comment! <3
This really is the perfect drink to welcome summer! It looks so refreshing and delicious! And your pix are gorgeous!! Hope you have a great memorial day with your family
Thanks Cate and you too! Hope you made it home safe and sound. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip sweetie!
Now this is a beer I can get down with. This drink is amazing!
Thanks Jocelyn! I loved it. So summery!
This sounds delicious! I love anything with rhubarb in it so I’m putting this on my must-make list for sure! 🙂
I know, right? Rhubarb is one of my all-time favorites! I wish I could get more of it. But then I guess it wouldn’t be as special… 😉
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. 🙂
I love that one too, Marcie! That was my first taste of a shandy. It’s so good!
This is the perfect summer drink, Allie. Love it! Happening poolside for sure this summer.
Thanks Matt! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as Mr. Allie and I did. 😀
Allie!!! I love this!!! and Paul, my husband, would love this so much!!! Pinned! Happy Memorial Day!! have fun with the family!!
Thanks Alice! I think it’s a great one for hubby and wife to enjoy together. Beer for him, fruit for her 😉 Hope your holiday was fun and special!
I love the vibrant color of this drink!! And of course would like a glass (or two) today. Have wonderful day my dear friend!
Thank you my dear! I was ooh-ing and ah-ing over the color too 😉 So happy you enjoyed! Hope your day is lovely too <3
Yumm! I would love to try this!! These pictures look amazing. 🙂
Thank you so much, Tiffany! I think you would love it!
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!
Oh totally! Rhubarb is only here for such a short time, we all just have to take advantage while we can, right? I’m so happy you liked, Mary Frances! Thanks for the sweet comment <3
I don’t really like beer but I love the colour of your drink. Have a lovely long weekend Allie 🙂
Thanks, Laura! It really was. Hope you are well dear! Thanks for reading and for the positive feedback 😉
Looks so refreshing! This is perfect for the spring/summer.
Oh totally! I’m all about rhubarb at this time of year. Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Layla!