Grapefruit Shandy

Ah, brunch, that weekend meal between breakfast and lunch, given to sumptuous light bites, and even lighter cocktails. Given that Madam Badwolf was up quite early due to the bi-annual sleep disturbance called daylight savings time, it was my task to generate a meal to offset the upset.

Forget mimosas and bloody marys, her favorite cocktail is a grapefruit shandy. So to round out our somewhat time-distorted meal, I’ll knock together a shandy.

One needs to use a light citrus beer, and a semi-sweet grapefruit, otherwise we have a bitter juice combined with a bitter beer, to generate a mouth-puckering experience.

Wikipedia is somewhat sparse on the subject:

A beer cocktail is a cocktail that is made by mixing beer with other ingredients, such as a distilled beverage or another style of beer. In this type of cocktail, the primary ingredient is beer.

Shandy or radler – Beer with lemonade, citrus soda, ginger beer, ginger ale, or fruit juice, e.g. grapefruit.

Grapefruit Shandy

Classic cocktail, for a not so classic use. BRUNCH!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Drinks, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 1 Person
Calories 88 kcal


  • 1 Tom Collins Glass 12 oz or up to a pint glass


  • 4 oz Pilsner Beer A good light citrus flavor
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice Semi Sweet, "Ruby Red"
  • 1 slice Grapefruit Washed, Sliced as a garnish


  • In a 12-ounce glass, pour in the beer and grapefruit juice
  • Gently stir to combine
  • Garnish with a grapefruit slice
  • Serve ice cold


A very quick brunch cocktail for Madam BadWolf.
Have everything Ice cold, beer, juice, glass.
If the grapefruit juice is very bitter, add a bit of simple syrup to tame the bite.


Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 170mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 17IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Beer, Grapefruit, Shandy
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  Filed under: American, Drink, Pub Food

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