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Grilled Lemon ShandyMalú Alvarez. Food styling: Michelle Gatton. Prop styling: Brian Heiser

Grilling the lemons brings out their aroma and natural sweetness. It also adds a roasty complexity to a super refreshing cocktail.


Makes 6 drinks

6 lemons, halved plus 1 lemon, sliced into 6 rounds
1/2 cup simple syrup (see Note)
1 3/4 cups ice water
Six 12-ounce pilsners

Step 1

Light a grill and set it up for direct heat or preheat a grill pan. Oil the grates and grill the halved lemons cut side down over high heat until nicely browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, grill the lemon slices, turning once, until nicely charred on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. Squeeze the juice from the halved lemons into a liquid measuring cup until you have about 3/4 cup.

Step 2

In a pitcher, combine the grilled lemon juice with the simple syrup and the ice water. Stir until the lemonade is well chilled.

Step 3

Pour the beers into six large glasses and top each with about ½ cup of lemonade. Garnish with a grilled lemon slice and serve.


Note: To make simple syrup: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water over moderately high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool slightly. Measure out 1/2 cup for this recipe and reserve the rest for another use.

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  • Very pleasant. A nice summer drink. Include some ice with the water measurement and stir to cool it off quickly.

    • Vidkun

    • Austin, Texas

    • 4/4/2021

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