Easy chillin’ is my motto this summertime with a little help from The Mexican Shandy. Lemonade, mango and beer combine to bring you this light and refreshing cocktail that will have you “finding the beach” in no time!
If you love Mexican flavors, try this Mexican Potato Salad for your next get together!
T minus 4 days and school’s out for the summa! I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to a little R & R. I envision many days being spent lazily by the pool while sipping on a refreshing beverage. We also have a few vacations planned which we always look forward to.
I’m ready for the sun to be shining all day long and for it to be out in all its glory until 9 p.m. Bring on the summer gatherings and all the Mexican Shandys!
We have friends coming in from out-of-town in June and I’ve already begun the stages of planning the get together. As I’ve said before I’m a huge fan of “bars” as in food and drink stations where people can craft their own meal or drink.
We’ve nailed down the drink as we’ll be serving Mexican Shandys. They’re refreshing, light (thanks to the 99 calories in Corona Light and absolutely delightful! Nothing cools you on a warm summer’s day quite like a bubbly lemonade cocktail!
I’m also a huge supporter of pitcher style cocktails, so you don’t have to play bartender to your friends all night. And yes, my friends, The Mexican Shandy is pitcher style friendly!
As for the food, we’ll be keeping it simple with a hot dog bar. I know seems so simple, right? But that’s exactly how a party should be. Simple, fun and easy. We’ll lay out a few different types of hot dog style buns and a huge toppings bar so guests can go crazy.
Let’s get back to these shandys which are really the star of the party.
You start by making lemonade ice cubes. Ain’t nobody got time for watered down cocktails and you know how fast ice melts when it’s 95 degrees out. Then you make your homemade lemonade and combine it into a pitcher with some mango juice. Then pour in a few bottles of Corona Light.
The Corona Light is perfect in here as it’s a golden, light pilsner-style lager. It’s smooth but has a great hoppy taste which leads itself great to this shandy. It also pairs well with spicy and citrus style Mexican food.
Once everything is mixed in the pitcher rim your glasses with some orange juice and dip those rims into some ancho chile powder mixed with salt. It gives the drink a slight kick which is unexpected but delicious. Then add some lemonade ice cubes to your glass and pour in your Mexican Shandy. Garnish with an orange or lime slice and you’ve got yourself the perfect summertime refresher.
Don’t these just scream summer? The color reminds me of a gorgeous sunrise or sunset that just has you begging to hit the beach-STAT!
The Mexican Shandy is going to be the cocktail of the summer.
The Mexican Shandy
Yield 8 servings
Easy chillin’ is my motto this summertime with a little help from The Mexican Shandy. Light and refreshing, this cocktail will have you “finding the beach” in no time! | Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- 4 cups lemonade store bought or homemade*recipe below
- 2 cups mango juice (I use a 15-calorie mango passion fruit variety)
- 2 bottles Corona Light Beer
- Ancho Chile powder
- Kosher salt
- 32 lemonade ice cubes, divided
- Orange slices
- 2 cups sugar
- 8 cup water, divided
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 10-12 lemons)
- In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine sugar and 2 cups of water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool.
- In a large pitcher combine syrup and remaining cups of water. Chill until ready to serve.
The Mexican Shandy
- Into 2 ice cube trays, pour 4 cups lemonade and freeze until solid.
- In a large pitcher, mix lemonade, mango juice and Corona Light. Chill until ready to serve.
- Mix together ancho Chile powder and kosher salt on a plate. Rim the edges of your glasses with an orange slice and dip into ancho Chile powder mixture.
- Place ½ cup lemonade ice cubes (3-4 cubes) into your glasses and pour in the Mexican Shandy. Garnish with an orange or lime slice.
Light, easy on the palate and refreshing, this is one drink you’re sure to be sipping all season long!
Sound off in the comments below and let me know how you plan to spend your summer. I love to hear your creative ideas and get a few ideas of my own!
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Simon Vanbecelaere says
I love the sound of this! I will try this for sure one of these days! Curious how the ancho chili powder tastes in this combo!!! A cocktail a day keeps the doctor away haha :p
Lisa @ NatureImmerse says
Fresh juice is the way to go when you’re mixing one or two cocktails, but when I’m looking for a quick pitcher full of drinks for a thirsty crowd, frozen limeade is a compromise I’m willing to make. The addition of beer adds the slightest effervescence and savoriness that makes your mouth water and mimics a lightly salted margarita.
Lisa | Garlic & Zest says
This sounds like such a delicious refreshing cocktail! I’ve never used beer in a cocktail before but I’m really intrigued by this one. Definitely want to try one poolside with a little Jimmy Buffett playing in the background!
Hanady | Recipe Nomad says
It’s party season in my neighborhood and everyone loves Corona! Can’t wait to make this for them! Thanks for a simple recipe!
Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish says
Perfect for this time of the year!
omg I love this! I’ve been meaning to make a shandy but I was too lazy haha but damn! The mango and lemonade combo sounds FANTASTIC! You are brilliant for the pitcher style way of serving it…lemonade ice cubes! 😀 This is definitely happening this week for me!
Tina Dawson| Love is in my tummy says
Mango and Ancho chille powder! Now that, I gotta try!!!
Lisa Bryan says
Any drink with mango is always a winner in my books! Looks so refreshing and perfect for summer.
Pam Wattenbarger says
You are so right! Ain’t nobody got time for watered down drinks during the summer! Those look lite and refreshing, perfect for summer parties.
valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
I’ve never heard of a Mexican Shandy before. This sounds like it would be perfect here at the shore on a relaxing weekend.
Adriana Lopez Martn says
Great idea I have made Shandies but using Guinness. This idea looks light and refreshing and then mango flavor with the contrast with the spicy salt just yumminess. I wish I had a glass now =)
Veena Azmanov says
That sounds so delish. I have added fruit juice or lemonade to beer when making shandy but never tired both together yet. I love the sound of the sweet and tart paired together. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks
This looks so refreshing. The color is beautiful and that rim decor makes me want to dive in!
Yum! Looks so delicious and refreshing for summer! Can’t wait to try it out.
Molly Kumar says
OMG, these sounds Fabulous Megan !!! Especially with the game season and all the summer parties, I’m literally on my toes making food and this would make excellent cocktails. The ‘Pitcher Cocktails’ are absolutely life savers 🙂
Yum! These sound great! I’d add a little bit of Ancho Reyes!