Leinenkugel Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting

9 Jul

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Move over Blue Moon, there’s a new brew on the block this summer – Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy – or Leinie’s for short. What Blue Moon did for the orange, Leinie’s is doing for the lovely lemon.

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I think I had my first Leinenkugel last summer, but it didn’t really hit my radar until this year when I realized it is the perfect summer quaff. Technically not a beer per se, Leinenkugel is a shandy, which, I learned just this weekend, is a lemonade/beer hybrid. And, like all things awesome (in this Anglophile’s humble opinion), the shandy is brought to us by way of Great Britain.

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Although here in the States you can get good bottled shandies like Leinenkugel’s or Shock Top’s Lemon Shandy (and believe me, I have), I think my next endeavor behind the bar will be to do as the British do and create my own. There, they fashion shandies by mixing 2/3 lager or pilsner with 1/3 lemonade to create the most crisp, cool, refreshing summer brew. The British lemonade is different from the yummy lemon, sugar, water beverage we make here. Theirs is more like a tart lemon soda sometimes used just for mixing with “spirits”.

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Now, I just happen to keep the fridge stocked with real British lemonade – Fever Tree British Lemon, to be exact, which I keep on hand to mix with little Pimm’s to create sensational summer cocktail. But that’s a story for another post. As soon as I decide which of my favorite brews to use, I’ll be mixing up a little summer shandy of my own.

In the meantime, Leinenkugel’s is my new go-to outdoor summer treat; light, citrusy, bubbly, refreshingness with a low ABV. Not too heady, just right for a little buzz while rocking in the hammock or sunning by the pool.

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As far as I’m concerned, what’s good enough for Blue Moon is good enough for Leinie’s, so I had to give it a go as a cupcake. I was not disappointed. The flavor of Leinie’s really shines through, deliciously accented by a bright lemon buttercream. Easy enough to whip up, why not try a batch for your next summer cook-out. You won’t be disappointed.

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LEINENKUGEL’S SUMMER SHANDY CUPCAKES

Like the Blue Moon cupcakes, these start out with a box mix. Follow the directions on the box, but substitute the water with Leinenkugel’s.  I use Betty Crocker, so I’ve listed the ingredients called for on the box. Other brands may vary.

1 box yellow cake mix

1 cup Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

3 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

grated peel from 1 lemon

Combine all ingredients in large bowl of stand mixer. Mix on low for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fill paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or as directed, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

LEMON BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

4-5 cups confectioners sugar

juice and grated peel from 1 lemon

Cream butter in large bowl of stand mixer. Add 4 cups confectioners sugar, lemon peel, and 1/2 lemon juice, on low speed until blended and then at high speed for 4-5 minutes, adding more juice and/or sugar until desired consistency is reached. Frost and decorate as desired.

Enjoy!

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