lemon balm and grapefruit shandy recipe

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Finishing our backyard is basically like our gateway drug into entertaining soooo much more than ever before in #mytinybungalow. Since completing the renovation, we’ve had dinner outside nearly every night and most of the time we have guests joining us! It’s also feeling wayyy more summery in Seattle — which basically means all I want is to have cut loose, kick back, and have some fun (aka no more work, please). Summer is also just the best time for cocktails, especially a shandy, ya know what I mean? I’ve actually ALWAYS wanted to do a fancy shandy recipe here on the blog and now we finally have one! Meet the lemon balm and grapefruit shandy, your new favorite drink for the impending summer months.

the perfect summer drink, lemon balm and grapefruit shandy recipe! perfect for entertaining on the deck or patio. #recipe #shandy #cocktail #cocktailrecipe

What do you think of this garnish? Is it too over-the-top? Sometimes I get carried away with myself and want epic, huge garnishes on all my drinks. I love how it looks with these gorgeous double-wall glasses, too.

the perfect summer drink, lemon balm and grapefruit shandy recipe! perfect for entertaining on the deck or patio. #recipe #shandy #cocktail #cocktailrecipe

Lemon Balm & Grapefruit Shandy

Ingredients (makes 1 cocktail)

  • 6 oz of lite beer
  • 3/4 oz lemon balm syrup (recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • Soda water (optional)
  • Ice

Directions

Fill a tall glass with ice, syrup, grapefruit juice, and ice. Top with 6 ounces of lite beer and soda water (optional). Garnish with a lemon wedge and sprigs of lemon balm.

Lemon balm syrup recipe (makes 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup  water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon balm leaves

Directions

Combine sugar, water, and lemon balm in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Let simmer one minute, then remove from heat. Let steep one hour. Pour through a mesh strainer to remove leaves and store in cool place.

the perfect summer drink, lemon balm and grapefruit shandy recipe! perfect for entertaining on the deck or patio. #recipe #shandy #cocktail #cocktailrecipe

Photography and styling by Jojotastic. Recipe developed by Raquel Roof for Jojotastic.

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