Grapefruit Shandy


This Grapefruit Shandy consists of simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and topped with beer. It’s deliciously refreshing, perfect for the summer. Feel free to substitute other citrus juices for the grapefruit.

Grapefruit Shandy

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.

What is a Shandy?

A shandy is a beer drink mixed with citrus juice, most commonly sweet lemon juice. The ratio between the beer and citrus juice often fluctuates depending on what people’s tastes are. I for one, LOVE using a sweet grapefruit juice because of the delicious sweet and bitter notes.

Grapefruit Shandy //

How to Make a 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. So, I love shandies because beer and grapefruit juice are just delicious to me.

  1. Make the simple syrup. You know how to do this! It’s water and sugar, cooked until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Juice the grapefruits. I like to use a citrus machine to do this, but you can also use a hand squeezer.
  3. Strain the juice through a sieve to catch any pulp. Place the pulp into the compost!
  4. Pour the grapefruit juice into a pitcher and add the simple syrup and give it a mix. As a result, it’ll offset the bitter notes just a tad bit more.
  5. Chill it in the fridge. You want this super cold. It’ll make for a delicious shandy.
  6. Divide the grapefruit mixture amongst the glasses. And then top it with beer!
  7. YUM!

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 Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 48kcal
This grapefruit shandy consists of simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and topped with beer. It's deliciously refreshing, perfect for the summer.


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


To Make the Simple Syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, set over low heat, mix the water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

To Make the Concentrate:

  • 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!

To Assemble the Shandies:

  • 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.


Other Citrus That You Could Use:
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Pomelo Juice
  • Blood Orange Juice
Saucepan | Strainer
Keywordgrapefruit, grapefruit shandy, lemon shandy, shandy
Serving: 4g | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 12g
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  • Reply monografis December 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

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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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 . . .

  • 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.

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

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

  • 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!

  • 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. 😉

  • 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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