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Lemonade Beer with Cherry Rum

Lemonade Beer is a refreshing summer shandy with a tangy combination of light beer and lemonade, and a shot of rum!

Beer mug with homemade summer shandy, garnished with a lemon slice.

I was skeptical of this whole idea at first, too. Lemonade and beer mixed together? But I gave it a try any way. One sip transformed me from skeptic to believer.

Whether you’re a beer drinker or not, you need to try a lemonade beer at least once. It has to be tasted to be believed!

What’s in lemonade beer?

Also called “shandy” or a “radler”, this lemonade beer is true to its name: lemonade and light beer stirred together and served cold!

Use a light beer in this recipe. (Sorry, dark beer lovers, but your stouts and porters will not taste good at all combined with lemonade.) Any light beer you enjoy sipping should taste great here.

Pilsners are delicious, along with all other blonde lagers.

The recipe I’m sharing today has a little extra somethin’ somethin’ too: cherry rum. 

A couple of shots of Bacardi Cherry rum to the pitcher infuses the lemony drink with just a touch of sweetness.

And, yes, it does make the finished drink a bit more strong, but no more so than your average bottle of beer–remember you’re diluting the beer and rum with lots of lemonade.

It is light, endlessly drinkable and oh-so-refreshing on a hot day!

Clear glass pitcher of homemade lemon shandy with bottles of beer in background.

Radler or Shandy?

There’s plenty of opinions in the Radler vs. Shandy debate. So as to remain neutral, I’ll simple call this recipe Lemonade Beer.

These names both describe the exact same drink. From my understanding, the name shandy is used most often in Britain while Germans call their lemonade-beer combos a Radler.

You can call it whatever you like, I just want you to taste it!

Oh, and I know I have some readers out there who are NOT fans of beer. If you like lemonade, chances are good you’ll love this version anyway!

And for those of you that cringe at the idea of drinking beer that’s been mixed with lemonade and cherry rum–don’t knock it ’til you try it.

My husband never goes for “frou frou” drinks and he thought the homemade shandy was plenty tasty!

Lemonade Beer Recipe

I can’t take credit for this recipe. We have friends (Hi Greg and Kari) who always have the best drink recipes and this homemade shandy is courtesy of their recipe collection.

Now if only I could get permission to share their sangria recipe. It’s the best. I mean, the BEST. But that one is kept under lock and key.

Luckily, they did give me the go ahead to share this Lemonade Beer recipe with you. Cause it’s good. And I said so. And it’s summer. Bottoms up!

Ingredients needed for lemonade beer including beer, lemonade, and cherry rum.

How to Make Shandy

When it comes to crowd pleasing party drinks, it doesn’t get any easier than this one!

Start by mixing lemonade concentrate with water.

Add two bottles of beer, a quarter cup of cherry rum and mix with a large spoon!

Pour the shandy over tall glasses filled with ice, garnish with a lemon wedge and say “cheers!”

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Rum Substitutions

Not a fan of cherry rum? Feel free to mix up the flavor! Use a regular white rum or try one of these fruity rum ideas:

  • Pineapple 
  • Citrus
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon
  • Dragon Berry 

Flavored vodka is also delicious as a rum alternative in lemonade beer. I can’t wait to try all kinds of variations this summer.

Pilsner glass with lemon shandy made from scratch.

Lemonade Substitutions

You can make shandy with plenty more fizzy juices than just lemonade!

Try grapefruit juice or limeade (limonada) mixed with your beer.

Next time I make a pitcher, I want to try half lemonade, half grapefruit juice. Tart, sweet and delicious!

Tips & Tricks

  • Mix the lemonade concentrate with club soda or unflavored sparkling water for even more fizz.
  • Worried about ice diluting your drink too much? Use large round cocktail ice cubes (they melt slower) or freeze lemonade into ice cubes to add to your drink.
  • This is best served right away before the beer has a chance to go flat. You can mix the lemonade up ahead of time if needed then add the beer and rum just before serving.

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Summer Cocktails

I can’t think of any drink more ideal for sipping while relaxing on the patio! Beer lemonade comes together in seconds and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for any outdoor party.

No need to wait for a party to stir together a pitcher of this potion. I made shanty over the weekend and we sipped it after a long day of working in the yard. Finishing the weed pulling is enough reason to celebrate, right?

I hope this Lemonade Beer makes your weekend as delicious as it made ours! Cheers!

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Yield: 6 servings

Lemonade Beer with Cherry Rum

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Lemonade Beer is a refreshing summer shandy with a tangy combination of light beer and lemonade, and a shot of rum!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 cans of water (from the lemonade container)
  • 1/4 cup cherry rum
  • 2- 12oz bottles light beer
  • ice
  • lemons for garnish

Instructions

  1. In large pitcher, mix lemonade with water.
  2. Add rum and beer and serve over ice with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Mix the lemonade concentrate with club soda or unflavored sparkling water for even more fizz.
  • Worried about ice diluting your drink too much? Use large round cocktail ice cubes (they melt slower) or freeze lemonade into ice cubes to add to your drink.
  • This is best served right away before the beer has a chance to go flat. You can mix the lemonade up ahead of time if needed then add the beer and rum just before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on June 28, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hello there!!

    I really don’t like rum. Is there anything I could substitute? A flavour of vodka perhaps? I have some pomegranate vodka I haven’t opened yet. I suppose it’s worth a try! Thanks. H.

    1. Rum definitely has a unique flavor. While you can certainly use vodka, some of the beer taste may come through more. However, using a flavored vodka will help. Let me know what you think!!

  2. I SO WANT THIS RIGHT NOW. It’s only 8 am here, yeah, but it’s also crawling up to 90 DEGREES already and you can’t blame me for wanting something as delicious and refreshing as this! Yum!

  3. I forgot and bought plain rum instead of cherry. Do you think it would work to just add a splash of Grenadine instead? Thanks!

  4. Hi Aimee!
    I love all your recipes. I found you thru Kari – went to High school with her. This lemonade beer is great. I doubled the rum because I wanted more cherry taste. Thanks for finding me my new favorite drink! 🙂

  5. I think that if you insist on having a recipe that you won’t share that you should keep it a secret. Meaning don’t rub it in that you have a ‘perfect’ recipe that no one else can have. It’s like you are trying to have a “cool kids” club and only 3 people are getting in. Don’t talk about it if you really insist on being that way!

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