Orange juice and beer

Yes, the title is correct. That mug contains a mixture of orange juice and beer. And although I admit that I balked at the thought for a few seconds, I told myself not to forget that very important lesson in the kitchen or elsewhere — just because an idea sounds weird, it doesn’t mean it won’t result in something good. Well, the orange juice and beer idea turned out to be very, very good.

Where did the idea come from? I think Speedy was inspired by fruit-flavored beers. They’re everywhere — even San Miguel came out with lemon beer and apple beer.

So, if the only thing you mix with beer is 7-Up or Sprite to make shandy, it’s time to experiment with beer AND fruit juices. Just remember though that some juices are more acidic than others and, unless you’re using freshly squeezed fruit juice, you’ll have to check if the juice is sweetened or not because that will affect the beer to juice ratio as well as the taste of the mixed drink.

Me? I think I’ll try bee with guyabano (soursop) juice next time.


  1. sam i am says

    in the states, this is what’s now commonly referred to as a “brass monkey.” it truly is very refreshing.

  2. natzsm says

    I thought I was the only one who enjoyed my beer with a splash of orange juice which I have been drinking since I was in college during the 80s. If orange juice was not available, I would put in a carbonated orange drink like Royal True Orange. I also loved it with lychee.

    Suddenly reminds me of Cali Shandy back in the 90s which was my favorite drink to go with lunch.

  3. says

    Your post reminded me of that recipe from Two for the Road (Jane and Michael Stern) who shared a recipe called Red Beer (tomato juice and beer). I tried that and I have yet to decided if I like it or not. Now I have something to compare it with.

    Thank you for the post.


  4. says


    In the book there was a suggestion about adding V8 juice, I didn’t know what that was but I had some canned sweetened pineapple juice and added a bit of that. Maybe if I didn’t it might have been sour.


  5. Miam says

    Beer plus sweetened calamansi juice is very good, too! It goes well with the lighter beers. For Mexican brews, we add lime juice, clamato mix and salt on the rim of the glass. I think this is called a michelada.

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