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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.




Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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