CAO has just released a pretty cool little social video series where they feature a certain cigar in their lineup and then suggest (and show how to make) the perfect seasonal beverage to pair with that cigar.

Check out the #MixUpAGoodTime video and the blog so you can craft this excellent drink and cigar pairing from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you like to drink and smoke cigars.

In their first episode of #MixUpAGoodTime, CAO has decided to focus on beer as the main ingredient to create one of summer’s most refreshing cocktails to smoke with a cigar:

The Summer Shandy X CAO Gold

Why CAO Gold and a summer shandy?

CAO is widely recognized for their laundry list of 90+ rated blends, and for being one of the most innovative brands in the industry. So, combining Gold with a summer shandy doesn’t come to much of a surprise here.

CAO Gold is a mellow to medium bodied smoke that’s dressed in a dazzling Ecuadoran Connecticut seed wrapper and is packed with well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, creating a cigar that features delicious notes of nuts, earth, and pepper.

Even with drink and cigar pairings being subjective, we think this dynamic duo seems to pair pretty perfectly.

How to mix up your own summer shandy

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to pair with your CAO Gold that’s a cinch to mix up at any barbecue or backyard party, this is it. Just combine some of your go-to vodka with the lemonade of your choice and your favorite summer beer, and you’re ready to #MixUpAGoodTime.

You’ll need: 

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • 3 oz beer of choice


  1. Pour your ingredients into an ice-filled cup of your choice
  2. Stir together to mix and chill
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon
  4. Cheers and light up that CAO Gold

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If you’re looking for any other beverages to pair with your favorite cigars, check out how to find your perfect cigar below.

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What’s your favorite summer beverage to drink with a CAO Gold?

Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if you tried this excellent combo.

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  • Member Avatar
    (3 years ago)

    Vodka with pink lemonade and splash of cranberry.

    • Member Avatar
      (3 years ago)

      Sounds good

  • Member Avatar
    (3 years ago)