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St. Patrick's Day Lime Shandy Recipe

Happy Hour: Lime Shandies

For a fun departure from the standard pint of Guinness or whisky-laden coffee, try a buzz-worthy riff on the rock shandy, a fizzy, nonalcoholic citrus drink that, according to legend, hails directly from Dublin.

There's little to the shandy: simply whisk sugar with freshly-squeezed lime juice, then top it all off with a beer. It's traditionally made with pilsners, but over the weekend, I applied the concept to amber ales.

The result is a refreshing tipple that's light enough to be enjoyed all day, any day — particularly on March 17. For the simple combination, be sure to continue reading.

Lime Shandies

Lime Shandies

Recipe For Lime Shandies

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
4 light-bodied beers, such as pilsner
Lime wedges for garnish

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Divide mixture among 4 tall glasses and top with beer. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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pink-pirate pink-pirate 5 years
Every shandy I've seen (I'm in the UK) is half beer/half lemon-lime soda, not just sugar and limes. It's normally drunk by younger teens or people who don't want to consume as much alcohol, so the key is that it's diluted by a soft drink. This looks nice but is definitely not recognizable as a shandy.
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