The Grapefruit Shandy is a refreshing and light cocktail that combines the tartness of grapefruit with the smoothness of beer, creating a perfect drink for warm weather or when you’re in the mood for something less alcoholic yet flavorful. This cocktail is incredibly easy to make and can be a delightful addition to brunches, barbecues, or simply as a relaxing drink at the end of the day.


  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed for the best flavor
  • 1/2 cup light beer (a lager or pilsner works well)
  • 1 ounce vodka (optional, for an extra kick)
  • Ice cubes
  • A slice of grapefruit or a twist of grapefruit peel, for garnish
  • A sprig of rosemary or mint, for garnish (optional)


  1. Chill the Glass: Place a tall glass in the freezer for a few minutes to chill. This step is optional but helps keep your drink cooler for longer.
  2. Prepare the Grapefruit Juice: If you haven’t already, squeeze enough grapefruits to get 1/2 cup of juice. Strain the juice to remove any seeds or large pulp pieces for a smoother drink.
  3. Mix the Cocktail: Fill the chilled glass halfway with ice cubes. Pour the grapefruit juice over the ice. If you’re adding vodka to your shandy, pour it in now and stir gently.
  4. Add the Beer: Slowly top the glass with the light beer, pouring it down the side of the glass to reduce foam and preserve the carbonation. Gently stir to combine the flavors, if desired.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with a slice of grapefruit or a twist of grapefruit peel. You can also add a sprig of rosemary or mint for an aromatic touch. Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing blend of flavors.


  • For a non-alcoholic version, substitute the beer with a non-alcoholic beer or sparkling water for a similar effervescence without the alcohol.
  • Experiment with different types of beer to find the one that best complements the grapefruit juice. A wheat beer can also work well for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Adjust the ratio of grapefruit juice to beer according to your taste preferences. Some may prefer a stronger grapefruit flavor, while others might enjoy the beer’s characteristics to shine through more.

Nutrition Facts (approximation, without vodka):

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Protein: 1g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Grapefruit Shandy is a delightful cocktail that offers a balance of citrusy tartness and malty sweetness, making it an excellent choice for any occasion where a light and refreshing drink is desired. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply enjoying a quiet moment, this cocktail is sure to please.

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