Lemon Beer Or Shandy

Lemon Beer or Shandy
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You'll hear this refreshing concoction called by many names, including Clara or Lemon Radler, along with lemon beer or Shandy. This recipe uses fresh lemon for goodness and flavor – and the sparkling lemonade is a cool non-alcoholic refresher for anyone in the crowd who’d prefer not to imbibe. A European favorite, and perfect for warmer weather.
Lemon Beer or Shandy
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You'll hear this refreshing concoction called by many names, including Clara or Lemon Radler, along with lemon beer or Shandy. This recipe uses fresh lemon for goodness and flavor – and the sparkling lemonade is a cool non-alcoholic refresher for anyone in the crowd who’d prefer not to imbibe. A European favorite, and perfect for warmer weather.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For the Sparkling Lemonade:
  1. Let the lemons come to room temperature for about 20 minutes. Roll them along the counter to soften the rinds.
  2. Cut each in half and squeeze the juice into a container you can seal and refrigerate.
  3. Cut the rinds into chunks of about 1-inch in size and add to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the sugar over the rinds and stir together to coat them all.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic as tightly as you can. Let the lemon rinds stand at room temperature for about 3 hours, or overnight. For the first 3 hours at least, stir every 45 minutes or so. The sugar should be completely dissolved.
  6. When they are ready, add about 1 1/4 cups of the fresh lemon juice. Stir together briskly.
  7. Strain the resulting syrup through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a glass container.
For the Shandy
  1. When you are ready for the lemonade, add the concentrated lemon syrup to the sparkling water. When you are mixing it with beer, a tart rather than sweet lemonade is recommended.
  2. Add the beer and sparkling lemonade to a pint glass and serve right away.
Recipe Notes

Note: once you’ve made the lemon syrup, you can store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. A pilsener or weiss type beer works well with this recipe.

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