This Sage and Citrus Shandy takes a traditional beer cocktail and pumps it up with three types of citrus and a lightly herbal flavor, for a super refreshing summer drink!
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I have a new favorite tongue-twister: Sage and Citrus Shandy.
Say that five times fast. Now drink a couple and try it again. 😉
Okay, I’ll be honest. I don’t love the name of the drink as much as I love the drink itself. What’s so great about this shandy? Well, it takes a summer classic and gives it some extra oomph. It includes not one, not two, but THREE types of citrus for maximum flavor, plus a hint of herbaceousness to make it even more refreshing.
I think I could drink a Sage and Citrus Shandy every day in the summer. Luckily, it’s very easy to make. The sage flavor comes simply from muddling a handful of the herb with a few other ingredients. No need to make any infusions or simple syrups – although I’m sure a sage simple syrup would be amazing. Nope, muddling will give you a light, subtle flavor that totally complements the citrus. Don’t skimp on the garnish, either! A few sprigs of sage give the drink a heavenly scent, pushing it from amazing to AHHHHmazing.
The citrus in the shandy comes from lemon juice, orange juice, and a splash of grapefruit vodka. Fresh squeezed juices are always best, but don’t fret if you ran out of oranges. The bottled stuff will still give you quite a tasty beverage.
The one problem with the Sage and Citrus Shandy? Once you try it, it’s tough to go back to a traditional shandy!
So go ahead. Twist your tongue with the flavor…and name! Enjoy!
- 2 oz. orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
- 3 oz. lemon juice (again, freshly squeezed preferred)
- Healthy handful of sage, at least 4 full, leafy sprigs
- 5 oz. grapefruit vodka
- 10 oz. wheat beer, such as Hefeweizen
- Two lemon or orange wedges and extra sprigs of sage, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, lemon juice, and sage. Muddle thoroughly.
- Add grapefruit vodka and a large handful of ice to the shaker. Shake until cold.
- Strain into two pint glasses. Top off each glass with about 5 oz. of beer (more or less to taste).
- Garnish with lemon or orange wedges and additional sprigs of sage. Sip and enjoy!
Need another fruity summer drink? Try the Peachy Keen – a peach and bourbon cocktail that’s equally pretty and delicious!