Have you ever tried a beer cocktail?
A shandy is a beer-based cocktail that is surprisingly tasty! A British shandy is typically a light beer mixed with a lemon-lime drink. The idea of a shandy was first created by Franz Kugler. He was a bartender in Munich. After a bicycle race in 1922, his tavern was overrun with thirsty cyclists, so he cut his beer with lemonade and soda so they didn’t run out.
Our version is a little different. We made our honey shandy with pomegranate juice for a rich sweet-tart flavor, but feel free to switch it up! It’s just fruity and sweet enough, so it fits in well with any item on your holiday menu. A lighter beer works best in this recipe, otherwise, the flavor can be too heavy and bitter and won’t blend well with the juice.
Try using Cherry Almond Honey in this cocktail. This honey has its own little taste of bitterness that blends perfectly with the beer.
Adapting our Pomegranate Shandy
Make this recipe yours. If you are feeling creative or you prefer to use a different kind of juice or a darker beer, go for it! Here are some ideas:
- Try mango or guava nectar
- Use just a few tablespoons of lime juice and a dash of hot sauce for a south-of-the-border kick
- Add a fresh lime wedge to the glass
- Instead of pomegranate juice, use cranberry
- Stick to the original mix and add a splash of lemon-lime soda
If you decide to make this shandy, or any variation that we’ve suggested or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Pomegranate Honey Shandy
- 1 bottle light beer
- 1/2 c pomegranate juice
- 1/2 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
Combine the honey and pomegranate juice until the honey is dissolved.
Make sure the beer is cold! Pour the juice blend into a tall glass, and top with the beer.
Interested in other cocktails made with honey? Check out our cocktail roundup for seven of our favorite cocktail recipes.