How to Make a Shandy (a.k.a Shandygaff)

Source: Micki Seibel, April 2012

Source: Micki Seibel, April 2012

A Shandy, also known as a Shandygaff, is a refreshing summer drink that is a mixture of lemonade and beer. The resulting drink contains <5% alcohol by volume, so in many jurisdictions, is exempt from alcohol laws. In any case, the citrusy, frothy Shandy is simple to make.

The shandy pictured at the top was mixed from 1/2 Franziskaner Weissbier and 1/2 Lorina Sparkling lemonade. Source: Micki Seibel, April 2012

The shandy pictured at the top was mixed from 1/2 Franziskaner Weissbier and 1/2 Lorina Sparkling lemonade.
Source: Micki Seibel, April 2012

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Lemonade
  • 1/2 Beer, hefeweizen or lager

Directions

  1. Pour a pint glass half full with your beer of choice.
  2. Fill the remainder with your lemonade.

Your proportions can be mixed to taste. Common substitutions include cider instead of lemonade (known as a Snakebite), stout instead of a lighter beer (called a Black Shandy), and orange juice instead of lemonade (the Brass Monkey of Beastie Boys fame).

Finally, if you are, like me, gluten-free, you can use any of a variety of sorghum-based gluten-free beers (most of which are greatly improved by the addition of lemonade).