I admit, AT TIMES, I am somewhat prone to exaggeration. But not this time.
All I’m saying is, this post will change your life.
“But I don’t like beer.”
You will like this.
This somewhat sweet, totally refreshing seasonal beverage gets the party started. In fact, I kind of get cranky in festive summer occasions if I don’t have a glass at my disposal. Luckily, it’s super simple to throw together.
You will need:
4 cold light beers (I usually go the Miller Lite or Bud Light route.)
1 can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate (Pink is a crucial ingredient. Regular lemonade is not the same.)
1 empty lemonade can’s worth of vodka (We had Tito’s on hand, but I typically use Smirnoff. Meaning, it doesn’t have to be top shelf.)
Pour the lemonade concentrate into the pitcher, then fill the empty lemonade can with vodka. Sometimes I do as little as half a can. Sometimes three-quarters. Sometimes, all the way.
Pop open your cold beers.
Then pour them into the pitcher. Flick out some of the extra foam and stir.
Now, you might be asking, “What if I have a big party? Can I make summer beer in larger batches?”
Excellent question. The answer is, “absolutely!” I’ve made it with as much as a 12-pack before, but I must say, the fresher it is, the better. So, if you know can refresh a pitcher, or even a double batch, without too much trouble, then I would recommend it. And I guarantee someone is going to ask you how you make it, so making the refill pitcher can actually turn into a nice demo opportunity.
I have also found that it’s best to add ice to the individual glasses rather than to the pitcher itself.
I must give a shout out to Bill (whose last name I forgot) from the 2000 Theatre Memphis cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for introducing me to this wonderful concoction. It has added life to countless parties that happened to fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
A word of warning: it goes down easy.
Summer Beer is best served on a beach. Or by a pool. Or on a boat. Or on a patio beneath the shade trees. Or smuggled into a karaoke bar.
Now you are ready for Memorial Day.
And so am I, because I am heading to Mexico with some of my besties! I will return next week. Enjoy your weekends and let me know if you make some Summer Beer!
UPDATED: There’s a second version of Summer Beer you should try: Mexican Summer Beer. Es bueno.