A cool refreshing summer drink can magically transform a sweltering sweat-drenched mid-July afternoon into a tranquil temporary vacation (with no screaming kids). Here is that summer beer recipe.

Summer beer recipe with lemonade, vodka and beer.

In recent years a mixed drink affectionately called “Summer Beer”, or “Summer Brew”, has become popular. The Summer Beer recipe is quite simple, requiring only three ingredients. The portion size can be adjusted to to taste or to increase servings.

  • 1 (12 oz.) can or bottle craft beer
  • 12 oz. fresh lemonade
  • 2 oz. citrus vodka

Mix the craft beer, lemonade and vodka in a pitcher and serve over ice. We recommend a quality craft beer, such as Kona’s Wailua Wheat Ale, but a standard American lager will pass. Fresh squeezed lemonade is recommended, but you may also use the concentrated alternative.

The “Summer Beer” cocktail is a type of Biermischgetränke, or beer based mixed drink. Essentially this potion is a  shandy, or radler, with vodka added.

Also try these great summer beer cocktail recipes:


  • 12 oz. beer (craft lager or wheat beer)
  • 6 oz orange juice

Peach Moon

  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle Blue Moon Beer
  • 2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 1 oz. orange juice

Combine the above ingredents into a pitcher and pour over ice.

Witty Gin Fizz

Vigorously shake gin, lemon juice, syrup and egg whites with ice. Pour over cracked ice, top with the beer.

This beer cocktail recipe comes from Beer Mixology. Pay them a visit for many other summer beer cocktail recipes.