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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 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.
Instead of making an appetizer or an entrée, I wanted to bring a cocktail to the table.
Hey, this is me.
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?
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.
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.)
Erin’s Recommended Tools/Products for Meyer Lemon Shandies
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- Essentials: Citrus juicer. Fine mesh strainer.
- Get the look: Harry Rocks Glasses. Threshold Acacia Paddle Board in White.
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 Shandies
Meyer Lemonade (Enough to make 4 Shandies)
- 1 cup Meyer lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 oz . Revolver Blood & Honey American Wheat Ale (or another fruity wheat beer)
- 4 oz . Meyer Lemonade
Make the Meyer Lemonade
- Juice the Meyer lemons using a citrus juicer, and strain any pulp and seeds from the juice.
- Combine the juice with the water and sugar. Stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- Chill in the refrigerator until time to use.
Make the Individual Shandies
- Measure 4 oz. of the lemonade into a glass.
- Pour 4 oz. of beer on top of the lemonade.
- Stir with a spoon, garnish with a slice of Meyer lemon, and enjoy immediately.
Recipe NotesPlease 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.
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
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
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
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
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
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
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
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
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
Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares by Lauren’s Kitchen
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
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
Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen