In Which the Blogger Mixes Up a Riff on a Classic British Pub Drink…

I solemnly swear I am up to no good...again.

I solemnly swear I am up to no good…again.

Shandy – more formally known as shandygaff – is a drink that involves mixing beer with a non-alcoholic beverage such as lemonade or ginger ale.  The resulting beverage is equal parts sweet and bitter and is absolutely refreshing on warm days.

With the weather totally undecided in my neck of the woods – it gets quite hot at noon and the sunshine is relentless, but the winds blow cold soon as the sun sets – a sip of shandy is a welcome respite.  Fizzy, cool, bittersweet: it’s just the thing to help you relax at the end of a long day at work and hours spent stuck in traffic.

Incidentally, you can also make this with a much darker beer – say, a Cerveza Negra or even Guinness or a Newcastle Brown Ale.  If you’re taking that spin, use a carbonated lemonade or a lemon soda or, better yet, ginger ale.  Get Stanford and Shaw’s Old-fashioned Ginger Ale if you can; you need that gloriously bracing spiciness to stand up to the bitterness of the beer.

Down the hatch!

Down the hatch!


  • 125ml beer (either a pale pilsen or even the new San Miguel Flavoured Beer; the lemon one is pretty ace)
  • 125ml still (non-carbonated) lemonade or lemon soda
  • ice
  • 2 slices lemon

Place the ice and lemon slices in a mug.  Simultaneously pour over the beer and the lemonade.  Serve immediately.

Serves 1.