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!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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

Sage and Citrus Shandy
 
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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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Serves: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, lemon juice, and sage. Muddle thoroughly.
  2. Add grapefruit vodka and a large handful of ice to the shaker. Shake until cold.
  3. Strain into two pint glasses. Top off each glass with about 5 oz. of beer (more or less to taste).
  4. 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!

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!

4 Comments on Sage and Citrus Shandy

  1. This looks so refreshing! And you know I’m Team Lemon and by default Team Citrus all the way so I’m really loving this drink! Perfect for an afternoon on the backyard (or, in our case, balcony!)

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