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Easy Summer Beer with 7UP®


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Summer Beer is the perfect cocktail for a group. Like a shandy, it's made with with light beer, lemon and lime soda, and vodka. It's a punch that's fit for a barbecue!

Fellow parents of young children, how often do you get to see your friends? It seems like with our crazy schedules, it's tough. And now that we're all adding in our kids’ sports commitments as well, it's impossible! Being able to get together with our friends is a real treat these days. With or without the kids!

When we do find time to see each other, we get together at each other's houses and potluck! It's so easy because the kids can play and entertain themselves while we visit. Summer barbecues are ideal for refreshing cocktails like this Easy Summer Beer.

I first had Summer Beer when I first moved to Kansas City. It's pretty popular here in the summer. It's usually a very safe bet for a crowd because it's not too sweet and not too alcoholic tasting. And, it's easy to make one or a whole batch!

For this easy Summer Beer recipe, I made a simple substitution. I used 7UP® instead of the typical limeade or lemonade concentrate. Using a concentrate makes for a very sweet beer cocktail. I wanted something that was tart and crisp. Something more suitable for hot summer days! 7UP has the perfect balance of being just sweet enough while keeping that mildly crisp taste that lends itself to this recipe.  You also have the flexibility of using Diet 7UP® if you choose to mix it up a little!

Speaking of ingredients, I bought mine at Hy-Vee. For my fellow busy Midwestern Moms, I hope you are lucky enough to have a Hy-Vee nearby. They now have both grocery delivery and curbside pick-up! I was a very early adopter of this service since my weeks are so hectic.

I place my online grocery order when I'm on the couch, after I've put my son to bed. Hy-Vee keeps my previous orders, so assembling my list takes only about 10 minutes each week. Then, I schedule my grocery pick-up for Saturday morning, after I hit spin class.

I figure using curbside grocery pickup saves me about 1.5 precious hours each week. Time that I can spend with my son, getting things done around the house, or getting ready to barbecue with friends and relax! I love to Mix it Up a Little with 7UP® and Hy-Vee! And right now I’m feeling especially winning thanks to THIS $1 off coupon on 7UP® 6-pack (7.5oz cans) and 8-pack (12oz. bottles) products!

I hope that you enjoy this Easy Summer Beer recipe, and get to spend a lot of time with friends and family this summer. Cheers!

Easy Summer Beer

Easy Summer Beer Recipe


Summer Beer for 1

  • 12 ounces light beer (1 bottle or can)
  • 9 ounces 7UP
  • 1-½ oz. vodka
  • lime or lemon for garnish

Summer Beer for 8

  • 96 ounces light beer (8 bottles or cans)
  • 72 ounces 7UP
  • 12 ounces vodka
  • lemon or lime for garnish


  1. For 1: In a 24 ounce cup, fill it halfway with ice. Slowly pour in the beer, allowing the foam to settle. Slowly pour in the 7UP, again allowing the foam to settle. Top with vodka and citrus garnish, give a vigorous stir.
  2. For 8: In a container or pitcher that can hold at least 2 gallons, add several handfuls of ice. Slowly pour in the beer, allowing the foam to settle. Slowly pour in the 7UP, again allowing the foam to settle. Top with vodka and citrus garnish, give a vigorous stir.

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