Meyer Lemon Shandies

Mix up a batch of seasonal Meyer Lemon Shandies for your guests as you watch the Big Game! This twist on a classic Shandy celebrates winter citrus. First, make a tart Meyer Lemonade that will serve as the base for this cocktail. When the lemonade has chilled, pour in a fruity wheat beer. Garnish with a slice of Meyer lemon, and enjoy. These Shandies make a delightfully tart tailgating drink, as well as a simple sipper for any winter get-together.

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Meyer lemons are all the rage right now… and I am in love.

When my in-laws came to visit us for New Year’s, they came bearing gifts. Specifically, gifts of locally grown Meyer lemons and Satsuma oranges from South Louisiana.

I literally have a drawer full of this goodness in my fridge, and when I was contemplating what to bring to the final Foodie Football Fans collaboration, I knew I wanted it to incorporate this beautiful winter citrus.

Overhead picture of Sliced Lemon on Lemon Shandy in a glass

Instead of making an appetizer or an entrée, I wanted to bring a cocktail to the table.

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    And what better way to do that than juice some Meyer lemons, make a quick lemonade, and then pour your favorite local beer on top?

    Lemon slice on top of lemon shandy

    Oh, you want to know my favorite local beer?

    Let me introduce y’all to Revolver Blood & Honey. And before you ask, no, they’re not paying me for this shout-out.

    I discovered Blood & Honey a few years back, and it’s my go-to beer. It’s brewed just south of Ft. Worth, and the wheat ale is finished with Blood Orange zest and local honey. It’s naturally sweet without being cloyingly so, and it’s an easy beer to drink for any occasion.

    However, since we’re talkin’ Football Food and drinks today, I’m using it in Shandies. Because beer makes for a great mixed drink.

    Two glasses of lemon shandy drink

    These Meyer Lemon Shandies are delightfully tart. However, if you’re not into tartness, you can make your lemonade sweeter. Easy peasy, y’all. (Follow the instructions on my recipe. I talk about this in the notes.)

    Then you add the beer, and voila! Meyer Lemon Shandy goodness for all!

    And the best part about this is you can mix up a bunch of the Meyer Lemonade before your party, then let guests pour themselves lemonade and top it with their beer of choice. (However, I recommend having this Blood & Honey or another fruity wheat beer on hand to pair with the tart lemon flavor.)

    Overhead picture of lemon slice on lemon shandy

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    Overhead picture of meyer lemon shandy garnished with lemon slices

    Now who’s ready to mix up a batch of these beauties in anticipation of the Big Game?

    And who’s ready for more football food? Be sure to check out my friends’ links beneath my recipe!

    meyer lemon shandy in glasses with lemon wedges
    Yield: 4 servings

    Meyer Lemon Shandies

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Mix up a batch of seasonal Meyer Lemon Shandies for your guests as you watch the Big Game! This twist on a classic Shandy celebrates winter citrus. First, make a tart Meyer Lemonade that will serve as the base for this cocktail. When the lemonade has chilled, pour in a fruity wheat beer. Garnish with a slice of Meyer lemon, and enjoy. These Shandies make a delightfully tart tailgating drink, as well as a simple sipper for any winter get-together.


    Meyer Lemonade (Enough to make 4 Shandies)

    • 1 cup Meyer lemon juice
    • 1 cup water
    • 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar

    Individual Shandy

    • 4 oz. Revolver Blood & Honey American Wheat Ale (or another light fruit wheat beer)
    • 4 oz. Meyer Lemonade


    Make the Meyer Lemonade

    1. Juice the Meyer lemons using a citrus juicer, and strain any pulp and seeds from the juice.
    2. Combine the juice with the water and sugar. Stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
    3. Chill in the refrigerator until time to use.

    Make the Individual Shandies

    1. Measure 4 oz. of the lemonade into a glass.
    2. Pour 4 oz. of beer on top of the lemonade.
    3. Stir with a spoon, garnish with a slice of Meyer lemon, and enjoy immediately.


    Please note that the recipe total time does NOT include chill time.

    Meyer lemons will vary in sweetness, so when you are making your lemonade, start off with 1 tablespoon of sugar. If the lemonade is too tart, add more sugar. Just do so slowly and intentionally so you don’t oversweeten it.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 drink

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 7g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours! In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!

    Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
    Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
    Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
    Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
    Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
    Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
    Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
    Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
    Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
    Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
    Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
    Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
    Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
    Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
    Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
    Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
    Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
    Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
    Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
    Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
    Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
    Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
    Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
    Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
    Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
    Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
    Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
    Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
    Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
    Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
    Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
    Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
    Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
    Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
    Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
    Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
    Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
    Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
    Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
    Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
    Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

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    Would you drink a Meyer Lemon Shandy

    What are YOU making for the Big Game?

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    1. Eek! These are so gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this recipe – it’s so bright and fun, perfect for cold and dreary CO right about now….

    2. Girl, these sound delicious! I wish I could get my hands on that beer because it sounds amazing! I think you should bring some to my house for game day! Cheers!

      1. I wish you could, too. Revolver makes some of the best beer around DFW, and I wish it was more widespread because it’s darn delicious.

      1. I’m glad you know now, too, Christina! I’d never had a shandy before I made these beauties, and I’m definitely gonna enjoy more shandies as the seasons change. 🙂

    3. very nice change to the almost obligatory football-beer combination! Like the citrus, more palatable, thank you for this!

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