apricot cider shandy

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails, recipes, Vegan, Vegan MoFo

apricot cider shandy



Last October, Jason and I snuck away for a weekend at the beach. We stopped at the store to stock our hotel room kitchen, and this turned into an impromptu cider tasting weekend. We each selected several pints of cider, some we knew we liked, some based on the pretty wrapping. Come on, you do the same thing, admit it.

There were a couple that I recall thinking “this would taste great with a lemon wedge,” and that is one of those weird things I have been adding to cider since. This recipe – formula brain never stops, and earlier this summer I thought, there is a beer shandy, why not a cider shandy?

Also, this is a good use of my apricot simple syrup (which is simply a thinner version of my apricot paste). Mmm.

Friday cannot come soon enough. You will find me on the patio in the afternoon sun, with an apricot cider shandy, two dachshunds, Jason and some snacks.

apricot summery shandy

apricot cider shandy

YIELD: two pilsner glass servings


18 ounces your favorite cider
juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons apricot simple syrup (recipe below)


Combine all ingredients and pour into chilled pilsner glasses. Enjoy while sitting in the sunshine!

apricot simple syrup


5-6 dried apricots, pitted
2-3 cups water
2 tablespoons maple syrup


Bring water and dried apricots to a boil, reduce to simmer. Using a fork, mash apricots as they soften. Continue stirring, the apricots will reduce down to a paste (add more water as it cooks off). Remove from heat, strain any pieces of apricot. Add maple syrup, cool completely. 

apricot shandy



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eileen September 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

A cider shandy is such a good idea! At first I thought you were going to combine apricot cider with lemonade, but I think I like the idea of apricot syrup even better. Hope you’re doing well!


2 oh Holland September 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Never heard of a shandy, so I want to be your drink’s newest devotee. Wouldn’t it taste great with Croque Monsieur?

Mmmmmm ….


3 Susmitha - Veganosaurus September 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

This is the first I’m hearing of Shandy. It looks so pretty in those glasses and sounds like a very relish-able drink. :)


4 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Making your own simple syrup is awesome, so many flavor options to choose from. Great idea to use one in a shandy, sounds much better than the ones I’ve tried in the past.


5 Kelly Peloza September 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

Oh, yum! Apricot sounds like a fantastic addition.


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