What Is a Shandy and How do You Make It?
What is a Shandy?
A shandy is a beer cocktail usually made of equal parts beer and citrusy lemon-lime soda. A popular British pub drink, a shandy can be easily customized with the beer and soda of your choice — although if you want a traditional British shandy, you'll stick to the 50/50 beer and soda mix.
Germany has a version of this beer cocktail called a radler, which means "cyclist." Its origin story involves a hot day, a pack of thirsty Bavarian cyclists, and the owner of a beer garden who didn't have enough to go around so he got inventive with beer and lemon soda.
How do You Make a Shandy?
Pour ¾ cup beer and ¾ cup soda into a cold pint glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime if you wish. Drink. On a very thirsty day, you might repeat. You can tinker with the proportions to suit your taste, of course. A little more beer or a little more soda. You do your shandy your way.
A Basic Shandy + Three Variations
Start with this base recipe for Beer Shandies.
- ¾ cup beer
- ¾ cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
- 1 slice lemon
- Pour beer and lemon-lime beverage into a pint glass, then garnish with lemon slice.
Three Easy Shandies
This flexible formula couldn't be simpler: Pour ¾ cup beer and ¾ cup soda (or juice or lemonade) into a pint glass, then garnish with a citrus slice, wedge, or twist.
Peary Good Shandy: A nutty/malty/smooth brown ale (such as Newcastle Brown Ale) + sparkling pear juice + a lemon twist + a pear slice.
Smokin' Cherry Radler: A chocolaty smoked porter (such as Bell's IV: To a Locomotive in Winter) + black cherry soda or cherry juice + a lime wedge.
Pumpkintop Shandy: A pumpkin ale (such as Southern Tier's Pumpking Imperial) + ginger beer + a squeeze of orange juice + an orange slice.
Related: Get more beer cocktail recipes, including beer margaritas and micheladas.
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.