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Grapefruit Shandy

Drinks

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.

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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Notes

Other Citrus That You Could Use:
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Pomelo Juice
  • Blood Orange Juice
Equipment: 
Saucepan | Strainer
CourseDrinks
CuisineAmerican
Keywordgrapefruit, grapefruit shandy, lemon shandy, shandy
Serving: 4g | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 12g
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Grapefruit Yogurt and Thyme Pound Cake

Desserts

Grapefruit Yogurt Pound Cake

Some recipes have no real story, no history or emotional meaning. My grandmama didnt make this cake for us while we sat on the porch and listened to her hum. My mom didn’t make this for us when we came home from school. And this cake doesn’t compliment an upcoming holiday.

This cake came into my life because Trader Joe’s always makes me buy more than I want/need. Yes.

I wanted to make this drank BADLY, so I went to the store to buy ruby red grapefruits because I was envisioning a blush colored drink. I drink in colors! So, I walk in and the yellow (less cuter) grapefruits were sold individually, while the ruby red grapefruits were sold in a big bundle. Ugh. I bought the big bag of cuter, pinker grapefruits. After I made the drink, I found myself with three pretty grapefruits that had no home.

So, I baked ’em.

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Five Minute Breakfast Ideas!

Breakfast

I dig breakfast more than most. I’m the girl that wakes up early to make pancakes on a random Wednesday morning. But, you know, sometimes I need it to be fast and delicious…super fast.

I also don’t want it to create a mess or dishes. That’s for pie and cake. When I make a pie and make a mess, that’s expected. Dishes aren’t appropriate for a Monday morning breakfast.

So…I wanted to share with you a few of the things I’ve been eating for breakfast during the week. No pancakes, no elaborate egg sandwiches, just a few ideas that’ll take you five minutes or so.

The first one is my new obsession: Quinoa Oatmeal. I’ll make a big batch of quinoa and put it in a tupperware in the fridge.

When I’m ready for breakfast, all I do is heat it up with a splash of almond milk, spoonful of honey, dash of vanilla and cinnamon and top it off with some fruit and yogurt. Delicious. Warm. Crunchy. I’m in luuurve! Carrot and Grapefruit Juice

Carrot and Grapefruit Juice!! All sorts of delicious. And surprisingly filling. Citrusy, sweet carroty, and healthy, obvi.

Broiled Grapefruit with brown sugar and a teeny-tiny bit of ground ginger. It’d been wanting to try it ever since Joy posted it. This week I finally got around to it. It’s a little citrusy, a little spicy and whole lot of sweet…all in a good way. 

This doesn’t take five minutes–it takes two minutes…if even that. Muesli with almond milk and raspberries. Totally not a recipe.

I’m digging muesli way more than granola these days–it’s less sweet and apparently a bit healthier? P.S. I totally eat this for dinner, too.

Peach and Banana Yogurt Smoothie. I did a really bad job with selling the peach part in that picture, didn’t I?

But you can see it peaking through the almond milk at the very bottom. Do you see the orange?! Barely, right…sorry! But it’s there. It tasted peachy, and all banana like.

I think a scoop of protein shake would make this a total winner.

What’s your fav fast breakfast meals?

xo

Adrianna

P.S. I included a few loose recipes after the jump!

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Grapefruit Coconut Scrub

Sides

Spring is here, everyone! Spring means…

cheap peonies from Trader Joe’s, pretty pastel nail polish, Summer vacation planning, rompers (how awkward are they in public restrooms? Good god.), and dress stalking at Anthro.

Pretty dresses might mean flashing a little harmless cleavage. Maybe showing a little back or leg or whatever else you’ve been covering up all winter.

That’s why an inexpensive, do-it-in-five-minutes, homemade body scrub is kind of a no brainer, right?

Let’s get schmexy!!

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