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Grapefruit Shandy Mussels with Grapefruit Linguine

Grapefruit Shandy Mussels with Grapefruit Linguine is the “eat on the deck” summer meal you’ve been waiting for. Mussels and pasta packed with a citrus punch!

Head-on view of a white bowl of grapefruit shandy mussels over linguine with grapefruit slice garnishes, second bowl in the background, bottle of beer, and recipe title at top

Tally ho. I think the summer shandy finds its origins in England. I don’t really know though and I really just felt like saying tally ho. I also felt like cooking with my new fave The Traveler Beer Co. Illusive Shandy. So, I cooked mussels in it. Are you a fan of shandies? They’ve been blowing up recently and there are so many fun flavors on the market. And I want to try them all!

Have you tried Grapefruit Shandy yet? I’ve seen multiple varieties already this spring. But this one is my favorite:

Head-on view of Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Shandy beer bottle on a cutting board

GRAPEFRUIT SHANDY MUSSELS WITH GRAPEFRUIT LINGUINE RECIPE

So, yes, I’ve been obsessed with grapefruit shandy this spring. And I’ve also been obsessed with cooking mussels. I just can’t get over how crazy easy they are to prepare and how versatile they are. If mussels make you nervous, be sure to check out my post that includes tips for cleaning and cooking mussels… I promise, they’re so simple! And most of them don’t have those crazy beards anyway.

While I was sipping on a grapefruit shandy, I started to think to myself… Why wouldn’t mussels want to be cooked in grapefruit beer? So, I went ahead and tried it. I decided to serve the grapefruit shandy mussels over a bed of grapefruit linguine. Because wouldn’t you want to lie in a bed of linguine, too? So jealous of those mussels right now!

Landscape view of mussels in a white bowl, cooked  and topped with parsley

This dish is pretty much citrus heaven. And considering grapefruit is my favorite citrus and shandy is currently my favorite beer, this meal made me a very happy girl. Also, I can’t remember the last time I had non-whole wheat pasta. And man, this regular old linguine was good. Though it could have had something to do with all the grapefruit goodness, too. And beer.

Landscape overhead view of grapefruit shandy mussels over linguine with grapefruit wedges in a white bowl

Dinner on the deck? That’s where I want to eat this dish. OK, so my deck is nonexistent. But maybe if I sit really close to my open windows, I can pretend.

Especially if I drink a few more grapefruit shandies. You gotta do what you gotta do to get that summer feeling, right??

Overhead view of white bowl of grapefruit shandy mussels over linguine with grapefruit wedge garnish and bottle of beer in the background

And with this meal, I am now so crazy excited for the upcoming summer. Something tells me mine is going to be filled with mussels and shandy. And probably pasta, too, but that’s really no different than from any other season.

Head-on view of a white bowl of grapefruit shandy mussels over linguine with grapefruit slice garnishes, second bowl in the background, and bottle of beer

A cold beer and a plate full of beer mussels and pasta. It may not quite be summer just yet, but who else is ready for the weekend??

Are you a shandy drinker?

If you’re looking for more delicious mussels recipes, check out my Blood Orange Mussels with Pomegranate Lime Linguine and my Spicy Fennel Mussels. I also can’t wait to try these Garlic Sriracha Beer Steamed Mussels from The Beeroness!

Grapefruit Shandy Mussels with Grapefruit Linguine
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Grapefruit Shandy Mussels with Grapefruit Linguine is the "eat on the deck" summer meal you've been waiting for. Mussels and pasta packed with a citrus punch!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beer, grapefruit, Mussels
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 24 oz. (2 bottles) Grapefruit Shandy
  • 2 lbs. mussels, cleaned and beards removed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, divided
  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.

  2. Add shallots and garlic to saucepan and sauté, stirring until they just begin to color, about 2 to 3 minutes. 

  3. Add the grapefruit shandy to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the mussels to the pot. Cover and let the mussels cook until the shells open, about 4 to 6 minutes.

  4. Add 2 Tbsp butter and 1/2 Tbsp parsley to the pot and stir to combine.

  5. With a slotted spoon, transfer mussels to separate bowl. Spoon (or pour) some of the cooking liquid over the mussels.

  6. While the mussels are cooking, bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguine to pot and let pasta cook until al dente. Drain pasta and return to pot with remaining 2 Tbsp butter.

  7. Add in grapefruit juice, grapefruit zest, and the remaining 1/2 Tbsp parsley.

  8. Serve linguine in bowls and top with mussels and grated parmesan cheese. Add grapefruit wedges for garnish.

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11 Responses to "Grapefruit Shandy Mussels with Grapefruit Linguine"

  1. Justine says:

    Oh wow I love this idea. I haven’t had a grapefruit shandy yet but I definitely need to find them since I love grapefruit..and mussels!

  2. Monique says:

    I have gotten really into citrus savory dishes. That grapefruit shandy sounds DIVINE, especially now that its getting warmer (in NY- sort of warm).
    Next step is getting the boo to eat mussels again. Apparently he suddenly doesn’t like them.

  3. Odetta says:

    So pretty! I love mussels. And beer 🙂

  4. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    The addition of grapefruit in this dish is a great idea! So refreshing!

  5. Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    what an interesting shandy, and such a great recipe for it!

  6. Monica says:

    Never had mussels like this. It sounds like a great spin for summer.

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    What an awesome, creative idea for mussels! I love them with a warm tomato broth usually, but it’s time to change it up. This looks delish!

  8. Carol at Wild Goose Tea says:

    Yes, I am with everyone else—very original—refreshing without overpowering the mussel flavor.

  9. Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine says:

    So cool! I would never think to put these together. I loove mussels.

  10. Joanne says:

    I’ve never had a shandy of any kind, let alone a grapefruit version! Definitely an intriguing combination – beer and mussels. And I like your deck idea. 🙂

  11. Sarah & Arkadi says:

    Grapefruit and mussels! such a great combination!

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