Refreshing Drink: How to Make A Traditional English Shandy
Glass of Shandy
What is Shandy?
Shandy is possibly one of the easiest mixed drinks to make. It is just a mixture of Beer and a carbonated soft drink.
The English are always laughed at for their warm beer. But on a hot summer's day there is little as refreshing as a tall glass of Shandy.
The description below of how to make it, is my personal favorite method adapted for life here in the United States where some of the better known English products are less easily available.
Premixed Shandy Drinks
Ingredients and Variations
For my Shandy beer base I like to use Newcastle Brown Ale. It is generally widely available in Supermarkets and Liqor Stores such as Bev Mo.
You can also replace the alcoholic Newcastle Brown Ale with a non alcoholic beer such as O'Doul's.
Many recipes call for a light beer or lager, personally I feel these beers are too light in flavor so when diluted with the soft drink one loses the beer flavor highlight.
In England we use carbonated Lemonade, this is not the same as American Lemonade or Crystal light. DO NOT try to make Shandy with American style Lemonade, it is not a good combination.
The closest products to English Lemonade on the US market are 7-UP and Sprite.
I personally prefer the Sprite-Newcastle combination. 7-UP is not quite as sweet and the beer can be very bitter to some.
Take a tall jug or picture you may cool it in the fridge if you wish, but DO NOT put ice in the jug. It causes the beer to froth violently. You may if you wish cool the beer too in the fridge.
Even I as an Englishman don't like my beer at room temperature when room temperature is 103 degrees F. on a California afternoon.
Pour one or two bottles of beer into the jug, one bottle will make about two and a half servings.
Then add your choice of 7-UP or Sprite, chilled,, in about equal parts. 1 beer to 1 Sprite.
You may add less Sprite if you prefer a stronger beer flavor, more if you like a sweeter drink.
Shandy is a low alcoholic drink, it is nearly impossible to get drunk on the mixture, Shandy is even legally sold to minors in Britain. I myself gained a love of Shandy at a young age though I have never really developed a taste for beers.
If you take the non alcoholic beer variation. Shandy remains a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day.
If you would like to try a variety of English Traditional Soft Drinks, I can recommend the Fentiman's Variety Pack. Available from Amazon.com
I also love Fentiman's because their logo is the family's German Shepherd Dog!
Try this simple mixed drink. I am sure you will enjoy it's refreshing flavors.
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