3-ingredient sour watermelon shandy combines fresh fruit with vegan sour beer. It’s a real summertime treat!
I know. Sour watermelon sounds like a Jolly Rancher flavor, but I swear that this sour watermelon shandy isn’t cloyingly sweet. The fruity flavor comes from all real fruit. No added sugars, flavors, or colors. It’s like a sour watermelon Jolly Rancher grew up, married a beer, and had a beautiful baby.
Choosing Your Beer
Sour beer is super popular here in Atlanta right now, and while I’m usually an IPA drinker, I really enjoy a refreshing, sour beer when the weather starts to warm up.
You can make this sour watermelon shandy with any sour beer you like. The joy of adding fruit to your beer is that even not-so-great beer becomes pretty darn good.
There are lots of vegan sour beers out there. Just hit up Barnivore to find out if your fave is free from things like gelatin and fish bladders!
Sour Watermelon Shandy
This drink seriously couldn’t be easier to make. All that you need is a blender. You can strain your watermelon puree, if you want a smoother texture to your drink, but if you’re like me and enjoy a little pulp in your fruit drinks, no straining is needed. You do you.
Just puree your watermelon and combine it in your glass with lemon juice, ice, and your sour beer. Easy peasy, and you can make two drinks in about five minutes!
Sour Watermelon Shandy
- 1 cup chopped fresh watermelon
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice – plus 2 lemon rounds, for garnish
- 12 ounce bottle of your favorite vegan sour beer
- In your blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice until you have a nice, smooth puree.
- Divide the watermelon puree between 2 pint glasses full of ice, and top with the beer. There is a little bit of finesse required here, because pouring beer over ice can make a lot of foam. Tilt your glass, and very slowly pour the beer down the tilted side, stopping to stir gently if it starts to foam up. This is more a trickle of beer than a pour. Take your time pouring, and you'll end up saving time that you would have spent waiting for half a pint of foam to settle down. Continue tilting and slowly pouring until you have a full glass. Stir to combine, garnish with a lemon round, and serve!