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genglandoh
01-08-2012, 03:12 PM
A shandy is 1/2 beer and 1/2 ginger ale.
Think of it as a beer cooler.
The key is to use cheap beer.

I drink then more often the not.
Most of my friends will not even try one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shandy

S.V. Airlie
01-08-2012, 03:14 PM
Only had them in the UK. I liked it but it has to be real English beer at room temp.

Keith Wilson
01-08-2012, 03:40 PM
Great stuff. Shandy is particularly good on very hot days, when you can't drink enough beer to stay comfortable without getting totally sloshed.

skuthorp
01-08-2012, 03:42 PM
Mum used to when she had to drive, that was before light beer.

brad9798
01-08-2012, 03:56 PM
Most light beer is full alcohol strength stateside. Some of it is EVEN more potent! :eek:

David G
01-08-2012, 04:08 PM
I drink a shandy in the summertime sometimes. I also drink beer mixed with spicy V-8... which few are interested in sampling. Couldn't disagree more about the cheap beer... with any of it.

CWSmith
01-08-2012, 04:19 PM
I used to after working in the sun down south. Now I go for water or tea.

James McMullen
01-08-2012, 04:21 PM
I always had them as half beer, half lemonade. Perfect after mowing the lawn.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-08-2012, 04:22 PM
In my part of the UK a shandy comes in two varieties -

half bitter and half lemonade

half lager and half lemonade

I commonly drink this if the weather is hot.

S.V. Airlie
01-08-2012, 04:25 PM
WEll, could be true. Where I was living in Surrey, half lemonade and half lager.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-08-2012, 04:26 PM
.... I also drink beer mixed with spicy V-8.......

That's about as attractive an idea as Egg-nog with Pernod.

Or my wife's favourite hot weather drink - Cold milk 50/50 with orange juice.

David G
01-08-2012, 04:32 PM
That's about as attractive an idea as Egg-nog with Pernod.

Or my wife's favourite hot weather drink - Cold milk 50/50 with orange juice.

Well... we all have our own peculiar tastes. I also love kim-chee.... which many folks find disgusting.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-08-2012, 04:45 PM
For the non-alcoholic, a rock shandy is:

In a pint glass:

A good dash of Angostura bitters

Ice

Equal measures of ginger ale and soda water, until full

bobbys
01-08-2012, 05:21 PM
I only drink Ginger ale when sick but i would try this drink.

Peter Kalshoven
01-08-2012, 05:34 PM
From Wikipedia
"Cerveza preparada is a Mexican term for beer mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, or salsa. In English-speaking countries, it would be considered a variety of shandy.

The drink dates back to the 1940s, when it became popular in Mexico.

The basic recipe is tomato juice (sometimes Clamato or V8 Vegetable Juice) mixed with beer and the juice of half a lime in an ice-cold, salt-rimmed pint glass. The beer is added by pouring it from high above the glass so that the contents will mix properly."

purri
01-08-2012, 06:38 PM
I prefer dark with a dash of green. (Dark full strength beer with a dash of Stone's Green Ginger wine: 14% alcohol)

Chip-skiff
01-08-2012, 07:27 PM
When my yachting mates asked for a Shandy, I understood it as beer (pilsner or lager) and lemonade. Never inspired much affection in me. I'd rather drink a beer, then a lemonade. Purist.

Red beer with Spicy-Hot V-8 veg juice is a great drink. Curiously enough, I just had a couple this afternoon.

Bobcat
01-08-2012, 07:54 PM
I always had them as half beer, half lemonade. Perfect after mowing the lawn.

That's how I make them and how I remember them from England in the early 1970's

Paul Pless
01-08-2012, 07:57 PM
Great stuff. Shandy is particularly good on very hot days, when you can't drink enough beer to stay comfortable without getting totally sloshed.

Lightweight! ;)

Mrleft8
01-08-2012, 08:30 PM
In the Caribbean they sell all sorts of "Shandy".... Ginger, Ginseng, Sorrel, Lime, Lemon....
I like the ginger best... The sorrel is oddly refreshing for something that looks so toxic.

Michael Beckman
01-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Stout & Cider is a good mix. Not exactly a lower alcohol content though.

Larks
01-08-2012, 08:56 PM
Haven't had one for years, it's beer and lemonade here as well with a slice of lemon. I kinda forgot about it when Corona's became fashionable here as a refreshing, hot day "soft drink" type of beer. Thanks for reminding me though, Andrew's comment about one after mowing the lawn is just a day late but I reckon it might have to go back on the menu here now that our lemon and lime trees are fruiting.

The Bigfella
01-08-2012, 10:16 PM
Strewth..... I'd have to go back a long way to come up with the last time I had a shandy. I can remember the first one I had..... 1969 or 70. I was travelling out back of the Black Stump with my father - sleeping rough - and we pulled into the pub at Tilpa and Dad, who hardly ever drank anything alcoholic, asked the publican for two shandies. This is in a pretty rugged pub which had a large sign in the bar "Gentlemen Do Not Fight in the Bar". The guy looked a bit dumbfounded and said that he might be able to find a can of lemonade "somewhere". It took a while, but he finally found one and that was my first shandy