Here at Circus Berry, we (the adults) are big Shandy fans in the summertime. So yummy, refreshing, and straight up wonderful. I know it isn’t for everyone (Mom), but we love it. Ever since my friend Leanne texted me a picture of her homemade shandy, it has been on my list of things to make before summer came to a close. And since there are so many wonderful fruits in season and I LOVE all of those berry/cherry/lemony beers on a hot day, I decided to go with a cherry shandy. No, wait, a berry shandy.
Oh, heck. Why not a Cherry Berry Shandy.
Don’t be fooled men, it isn’t all that feminine to drink. This fruity beer is more tart than girly-sweet.
This concotion comes in three parts…each able to stand on its own without the addition of what comes after it. So if you do decide to make this, just know you won’t be wasting anything.
Cherry Berry Juice (use for lemonade, soda, or cocktails)
makes about 2 cups of juice
3 cups mixed fresh (or frozen) blackberries, raspberries, pitted sour cherries, and pitted sweet cherries (I did about 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, and the rest cherries)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine berries, cherries, sugar, and water in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer until berries and cherries are soft and sugar is dissolved. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing on the fruit with a spatula to release all of the liquid. Discard solids and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.
Cherry-Berry Lemonade Cooler
Makes about one 2-quart pitcher
2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 14-15 lemons)
3/4 cup Cherry Berry Juice (see above)
Pitcher full of ice
2 cups soda water
2 cups ice water
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
Fill the pitcher with ice. Add the soda water, water, lemon juice, cherry berry juice, and 1/2 cup sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add more sugar to taste.
Cherry Berry Shandy
Fill a pint glass half way with ice cold Cherry Berry Lemonade (see above)
Top remaining half with your favorite ice cold lager or wheat beer
Sip away. And when your drink starts to go down, go ahead and top it off with the rest of your beer.
I used Buffalo Lager from Buffalo, NY’s very own Flying Bison Brewing Company. Loving local.
You will notice how the ice has melted and the pitcher is sweating…it is 85 degrees in the shade…at sunset…which makes this drink perfect.