Lemon Balm and Grapefruit Shandy Recipe: The Perfect Summer Cocktail

My new favorite drink for the summertime!
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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.

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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.

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Lemon Balm & Grapefruit Shandy

My new favorite drink for the summertime!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Steeping Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 6 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Lemon balm syrup recipe (makes 1 cup)

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

Instructions
 

  • 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 Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword beer, cocktail, grapefruit, lemon balm, shandy
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So what do you think?? Isn’t this the perfect drink for a hot summer day? Let us know what you think of this recipe!

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

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