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Dear Miss Mary,

This is probably not your area of expertise, but I have a girlfriend who drinks fruity beer and I can’t stand the stuff.

That’s no problem with me, but we end up buying or bringing twice as much beer as we drink.

Any ideas?

Thank you,

Mike R.


Dear Mike,

First of all, I’ve never met a topic I didn’t have an opinion on, so you have come to the right place. 

Now, darlin,’ I once heard a movie line that exclaimed ‘Beer is for breakfast, drink or be gone!’ and that is sort of how I feel about the matter, but to each their own.

What is a ‘Fruity’ Beer?

It sounds like your girlfriend might be looking for a shandy, which is, more or less, a ‘fruity’ beer. It pops a bit of lemonade, ginger ale, fruit juice, or lemony soda into a beer to lighten it up and sweeten the flavor. Sometimes this drink is called a ‘Radler.’  Whichever you call it, Shandies and Radlers are pretty popular – especially in the Summertime. The problem is that those can get really sugary, really quickly.

Make Shandies and More with Miss Mary’s Mix

What about bringing along a bottle of Miss Mary’s Paloma Mix? It’s a deliciously-light grapefruit mix that pairs well with any light beer. Or if your girl prefers lime, she can use Miss Mary’s Margarita Mix. Both would give your lovely lady a lighter, fruitier version of the beer you drink. One purchase – everyone’s happy.

Whatever is left over of the Miss Mary’s Mix can be saved for a proper cocktail or mixed with sparkling soda for a zero-proof refreshment on those long “Session” days. *wink*

Who knows, you might like it too!