There's nothing better than enjoying some good food with a good beer on a hot summer day. We decided, with help from our friends at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, to combine the two for some amazingly flavorful and light summer recipes. We also added a couple drink recipes just in case you have some left over beer and want to use it to impress at your next barbecue.
Leinenkugel’s Watermelon, Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese and Honey Lemon Dressing (Serves 4)
2 cups tomatoes, diced, ½ inch
2 cups seedless cucumber, diced
4 cups seedless watermelon, diced
1 oz. mint
Honey Lemon Dressing
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 oz. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
4 oz. goat cheese
8 romaine leaves
In a large serving bowl, mix the honey, extra virgin olive oil, lemons and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Mix well, and add chopped watermelon, tomato, cucumber and mint. Layer two romaine leaves on a salad plate or in a salad bowl, scoop a quarter of the mix onto the leaves and sprinkle goat cheese over top. Repeat three times.
Leinie's Sunset-Glazed Grilled Chicken
10-12 pieces of chicken (cut for grilling)
2 bottles Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat (measure out 1/3 cup and set aside for sauce)
3 tablespoons Canola Oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
10-oz can mandarin oranges (save 1/3-cup liquid and finely chop oranges)
4 tablespoons pure Maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon pepper
Clean, salt and pepper chicken and place in a gallon-sized plastic storage bag. Pour all Leinie’s Sunset Wheat, minus 1/3 cup, into bag with chicken (suggest refrigerating overnight). To make Leinie’s Sunset Grilling Sauce sauté garlic and onions in canola oil over medium-low heat until onions become lightly browned and translucent.
Add 1/3 cup liquid from orange can and oranges to onion mixture and continue to sauté until juice is reduced. Turn heat to low and add Maple syrup, soy sauce, Leinie’s Sunset Wheat, ginger and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Prepare charcoal. Place chicken in baking dish and bake at 350° for ½ hour. Place partially baked chicken on grill and baste with Leinie’s Sunset Grilling Sauce until done. You may want to make extra sauce to serve with grilled chicken.
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shrimp Skewers
24 medium shrimp, shells on, deveined
2 lemons, cut into wedges
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup salad oil
¼ cup tarragon vinegar
½ cup Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup honey
Fresh chopped tarragon leaves
Combine olive oil, salad oil, tarragon vinegar, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, garlic, Tabasco sauce, salt, dry mustard, sugar, paprika and pepper. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade for basting. Place shrimp in a large resealable storage bag. Add marinade to bag and refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally.
Place the shrimp and lemon wedges on 8 skewers, alternating them. Add 1/3 cup of honey to reserved marinade to create basting sauce. Place skewers on the barbeque, baste as they cook. Sprinkle with fresh chopped tarragon leaves to finish.
Leinenkugel’s Candied Ginger Shandy
(Created by Las Vegas-based Master Mixologist Tobin Ellis)
½ glass Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
½ glass real ginger beer (non-alcoholic)*
Top with ginger lemon foam and garnish with candied lemon slice.
Ginger Lemon Foam
2 oz. ginger liqueur
4 oz. fresh lemonade
4 oz. egg whites
5 dashes lemon bitters
Add all ingredients to a dessert whipper and charge with NO2. Shake well, refrigerate. Makes 12 drinks.
Candied Lemon Slices
Boil 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water. Add thin lemon slices, boil until slices become slightly transparent. Remove and coat in fine sugar while still warm. Let cool.
*Ginger beer is not "beer" as in hops and alcohol, but it is an authentic and flavorful non-alcoholic beverage, such as root beer or apple beer, which is made with fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits.
Leinenkugel’s Honey Beergarita
1 cup tequila
1 12-oz. can lemonade concentrate
4 12-oz. bottles of Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss
Mix in a pitcher and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices. Makes one pitcher.
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