Musical pairing – Summer Wind by Madeleine Peyroux
I don’t remember why or when I started making this beer cocktail, but the Shandy has become my summer staple when the temperature rises in Indiana.
I’ve seen versions with ginger ale, lemonade, and even sparkling water. But for me, there are plenty of bubbles from the beer alone. This version is so simple, but doesn’t lack in the flavor department. I prefer a Wheat Ale, and our locally brewed Upland Wheat Ale from the Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington, Indiana is the perfect choice. (Debra and I actually visited with Upland’s brew master, Caleb Staton, and will share a video about him and the brewery in a week or two.)
You’ll see pre-mixed versions of the Shandy on grocery store shelves, but don’t be fooled. There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemon simple syrup, and it really only takes a few minutes to make.
I’m sure there are some guys out there that couldn’t fathom putting lemon and ice in their beer. But to this guy, it’s the perfect summer accompaniment.
THE PROFESSOR’S SHANDY
- 2 Tbls of Lemon Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- 6 oz. (1/2 bottle) Wheat Ale (or your favorite brew)
- Pour the cooled Lemon Simple Syrup into a Pilsner glass or other tall glass
- Pour the Wheat Ale into the glass
- Top with plenty of ice to the brim
LEMON SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1/2 cup sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw brand)
- 1 cup water
- Juice of 3 large lemons
- Whisk all the ingredients over low heat, just until the sugar dissolves completely.
- Let cool slightly before using.
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