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Happy Hour: Shandy

I used to live in England for a little while, and let me just say, it's pretty different from the US. For example cookies are called biscuits, dessert is called pudding and their bartenders mix beer with lemonade. Yes, beer with lemonade, and surprisingly, it's really good. If you ask most Americans what a shandy is they wouldn't be able to tell you, but it's essentially just a mix of lemonade and beer. I found it to be a great refresher on a sunny afternoon or after a round of badminton (which, in case you're wondering, I'm terrible at).

You can mix up your own, or go for a very low-alcohol version by Fentimans. I tasted this product the other day and it had a great flavor, definitely a good alternative for the designated driver.

To learn how to mix up your own shandy (you could just take beer and sparkling lemonade and pour them together, but this recipe is more fun),


1 cup sugar
3 cups water
four 3-inch strips lemon zest, removed with a vegetable peeler
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2 fresh mint sprigs
chilled beer, such as pale ale

In a small saucepan bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and stir in zest. Cool sugar syrup to room temperature.

Transfer syrup to a small pitcher and stir in remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice, and mint. Chill lemonade until cold. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups lemonade.)

Pour 1/4 cup lemonade, or to taste, into each of 4 chilled beer glasses and top off with beer.

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riccaroo62 riccaroo62 7 years
Summer Shandy* - it's been a long week! (:
riccaroo62 riccaroo62 7 years
Leinenkugel's has a seasonal beer I look forward to every year called Summer Shady. A great alternative to making it yourself. Also, for a lighter option mixing Corona Light and Crystal Light lemonade is another great, refreshing option.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
sounds good for people who can drink! lol
OliverCakery OliverCakery 8 years
I'm keeping this one! I'm so ready to try it... once the snow melts!
cupcake17 cupcake17 8 years
It doesn't sound that great, but you know what they say, "Don't knock it, 'til you try it!". I'll keep the recipe on my list of things to do this summer.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
I love Shandys! Also here in France we have the monaco which is similar (and don't judge it by the sound of the ingredients, it is AMAZING! My favourite hot day on a terrace drink) 200ml of light coloured beer like a pale ale, lager, etc 100ml of lemonade 50ml of grenadine syrup Works best if you pour the grenadine and lemonade in first. Then you get this beautiful pink foam on top! Sooo good! You can order this in any french restaurant but I promise you will never find it on a menu. It is a French secret delicacy!! LOL
chancleta chancleta 8 years
Wow :O that sounds delicious :) I sooooo wanna try it now
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