Grapefruit Shandy


Grapefruit Shandy //

Phew. This week handed it to me. Between fighting a case of strep throat to a week of a hundred degree weather to dealing with lots of family issues, this week has been on the rougher side of rough. Let’s just say it was pumice-like. Rouuuugh. The other night as I was wallowing in my misery, being the Negative Nancy I’m usually not, I decided to stop it already. I made the decision to be happy. It’s a hard thing to do when so many of the big things are wrong, off, out of place, but I needed to just enjoy the next hour of my life. I know that sounds silly but I did. So, I made myself a delightful Grapefruit Shandy…mostly out of necessity.

I first had a shandy when I had just moved to LA and went to the opening night of this beer bar called El Prado. They were serving shandies and I had, like, five. Definitely too many, but I absolutely looooved them. Flash to years later, I went to my favorite beer store and found this Stiegel Grapefruit Shandy (they did all the work for you!) and thought it was the most delicious thing in the entire world.

Grapefruit Shandy //

Anyway, the other night when I was super bummed out I went to the beer store to buy a bottle for myself and they were all sold out. Womp, womp. It had never dawned on me to just make one. So here you go! The short story of a grapefruit shandy.

Grapefruit Shandy //

It’s the simplest most delicious thing ever. They’re kinda similar to the dude-ly mimosas I like to make: beer and orange juice vs. champagne. Champagne has always been a bit too girly for me. It all tastes the same and it tends to make my nose itch.

Isn’t this the cutest wine cork ever? My friend Whitney makes them.

Grapefruit Shandy //

Grapefruits are my spirit fruit. Does this make sense? They’re mostly sweet…but also a teeny bit bitter. It’s a welcomed bitterness, actually. I embrace it.

What’s your spirit fruit? After grapefruits, I’d say apples. A good Honey Crisp.

Grapefruit Shandy //

Grapefruit Shandy

Serving Size: 4 cocktails


  • 5 large ruby red grapefruits, about 4 pounds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 bottles of beer, you could use a lager or wheat beer


  • In a small saucepan, set over low heat, mix the water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
  • Next, juice the grapefruits and run the juice through a strainer to catch any pulp. If you're one of those weirdos who likes pulp, then by all means skip this step! Transfer the grapefruit juice to a pitcher and pour in the simple syrup. You should have about 2 cups. Transfer to the fridge to chill for 1 hour. You want this drank cold!
  • After the grapefruit mixture has chilled, divide between four glasses (about 1/2 cup per glass). Top with cold beer and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
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    Reply Alicia May 16, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I love everything about this – will make soon for sure!!

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    Reply Christy May 16, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I, too, love a good shandy in the warmer months. They are the best reward after an afternoon of yard work and dog walks! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you.

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    Reply molly yeh May 16, 2014 at 6:17 am

    oh man, i’m sorry it was a pooey week 🙁 on the bright side, don’t you kind of love the feeling of realizing that yes, yes you absolutely deserve a drink and it’s going to be an amazing one.

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    Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) May 16, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This week was rough for me too! I’m in desperate need for this cocktail. Hope things are going better friend!

    Also–THAT pitcher. I need it!!!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thanks lady! xox Love seeing your new photos with the white table top, too!

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    Reply Todd May 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    We’re totally on the same wave length Adrianna!! I had a loooooong week too, and these shandies are EXACTLY what I need as I slide my way into the weekend. Oh, and grapefruit is definitely my spirit fruit. No question.

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    Reply Matt Robinson May 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Love this so much! How perfect for a day like today. It is boiling here in OC. Hope you are feeling better and have a great weekend!

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    Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog May 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE Stiegl’s grapefruit shandy! I have some in the fridge right now 😉 I practically lived on shandies/radlers/claras/panachés when I was in europe. It’s funny how they’re not as popular over here. But girl, I think you’re going to one handedly change that with this recipe!

    hope you feel better soon lady! xoxo

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

      They’re not popular at all and I’m like WHY?! Thank you, friend! xo

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    Reply Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home May 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I’ve never had a grapefruit shandy, and now I’m super intrigued!
    Sorry about the rough week. We have two weeks left of school and I swear my students are working to wring every last drop of patience out me before the end. Their energy is up, and my energy is coffee 🙂
    Hopefully the weather cools down there. (While I’m hoping it warms up here!)

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    Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks May 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Your photography is just extra special STUNNING in this post! pinned! Wish I had a few in front of me now!

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    Reply sandra May 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    well, grapefruits are the way to go when you’re under the weather. good choice.

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    Reply Taylor @ greens & chocolate May 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I LOVE a good Shandy! This grapefruit Shandy looks absolutely delicious. Hope you feel better lady!

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    Reply Grace @ Earthy Feast May 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Gosh, I’ve been having the crappiest of weeks too. I listed to this the other day on repeat: Pretty cheesy but it kinda helped. Whistling that tune with this drink in my hand is guaranteed to get me out of any funk.

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    Reply I Can Be Jello May 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Where did you get that beautiful pitcher with the grapefruit juice? Hope you have a great weekend to recover from the week!

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    Reply Holly Henderson May 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    My spirit fruit is mango, it just transports me.

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    Reply Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living May 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry, to hear you’ve been going through a rough patch. I’ve totally been there. I will definitely be giving this grapefruit shandy a try. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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    Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Hope the weekend is looking up! Your shandy is gorgeous!

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    Reply aneelee May 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    We have the last of our citrus in the fridge right now and this sounds like the perfect treat! Palomas are our standby, but sometimes we need a little less bite than the tequila in those offers. I’d also have to say that grapefruits are my spirit fruit. We are lucky that the citrus season in Texas runs sooooo long. Almost all the way into melon season which would be my second most favorite. 😉

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    Reply Corazón May 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve never heard of this drink but… YUM. They looks marvelous to say the least. Hopefully these and some good wishes will brighten your spirits! Hang in there!

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    Reply DessertForTwo May 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I love man-mosas! Also, I love shandies. I love everything!

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    Reply Krysten May 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

    If you love grapefruit, you should try Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka. It’s made in Austin, Texas, and it’s delicious. I had a frozen concoction made with the vodka, ruby re grapefruit juice and simple syrup and it was to die for.

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    Reply Diane May 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This sounds amazing!! We have yellow grapefruit so I’ll try it with that. 10:00 a.m. is probably too early to have one . . .

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    Reply francine May 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    in our corner of ohio (well, the center of it, technically), we call the oj + beer combo a brass monkey… not sure why. but usually we drink half(ish)of the can or bottle of beer, then dump the oj in. delish!

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    Reply Emily May 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I LOVE Stiegl Grapefruit. I live in Toronto and when the LCBO (our government owned liquor stores) gets the stuff in, I go bananas for it. Summer, winter, fall, spring…. I do not care. I will drink it. Although it is best enjoyed on a sunny day.

    Love your blog. xo

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    Reply Stephie May 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to try this out, it looks so refreshing. This would be go down perfectly at a BBQ lunch! Sun is already shining in the Med so will stock up on grapefruits as something tells me this will be very well received!

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