Spicy Strawberry Shandy

Spicy Strawberry Shandy by

Clark and Suzy Neal with Unicoi Preserves


Shopping List

  • 3 cup strawberries washed and sliced
  • 1-1/2 cup water, plus additional 1-1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp simple syrup*
  • Q Ginger beer, 4 pack - 7.5 oz. cans (cocktail mixer aisle). We recommend Q Ginger Beer because it’s spicy, less sweet and more carbonated than other ginger beers
  • Additional strawberries and lemon, for garnish



  • Place strawberries, 1-1/2 cup water, and lemon juice into blender and process until smooth.
  • Strain juice through a fine mesh strainer set over mixing bowl; discard any solids.
  • Stir simple syrup into strawberry juice, add 1-1/2 cups water, pour into pitcher and refrigerate to chill.

To serve:

  • Put a few ice cubes in serving glass, fill half full with strawberry juice, top with ginger beer and stir.
  • Garnish glasses with lemon and strawberry if desired.

*Simple syrup is one part water to one part sugar. To make simple syrup, heat 1 c. water with 1 c. sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Transfer to jar and refrigerate to cool.