Are you hosting friends and family tomorrow? Or heading to someone else's house? Super Bowl Sunday is tomorrow which means you may very well be joining 114.4 million of your closest friends cheering for your favorite team, yelling at the TV, and consuming large quantities of guacamole, chips, and chicken wings. What to drink with all that all-day snacking? A Super Bowl Shandy.
While beer often is the preferred football-watching beverage, I like something a bit lighter if I'm going to be drinking all afternoon. This Shandy recipe is beer-based (since I know you'll likely already be stocked!) but is lightened up in one of two ways - with lemonade or non-alcoholic ginger beer.
If your lemon tree is exploding right now, like mine is, you may opt for homemade lemonade which can double as a great kid drink. (My recipe: dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water on the stove, cool. Add in 1 cup lemon juice and 2 additional cups of water.) This time, I decided to go with the ginger beer since I've been on a ginger kick lately.
- pilsner (like Stella or Heineken) or pale ale (like Sierra Nevada or Firestone's Pale 31)
- lemonade or ginger beer
- garnish - fresh mint, thyme or rosemary sprig (optional)
Directions: The ratio is up to you! I like to use about 1/4 cup of lemonade or ginger beer topped off with a cold beer, but you can adjust it to your liking.
Cheers! This Super Bowl Shandy is light and refreshing, goes great with traditional football food, and will make sure you aren't asleep on the couch for Beyonce's halftime show or miss any of the most-talked about commercials. (Did you know you can see the commercials here too?)
Head on over to The Shopping Mama's Saturday Sips to see what they are serving up this Super Bowl weekend!