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The Cocktail Made for Hours of Sunny Day Drinking

Alex Van Buren
Food Features Editor
Yahoo Food
May 30, 2014

The Cocktail Made for Hours of Sunny Day Drinking

Alex Van Buren
Food Features Editor
Yahoo Food
May 30, 2014

Photo credit: StockFood / Foodcollection

The shandy is a mighty thing: The beer-citrus-sugar hybrid is ideal for porch sessions and barbecues, it’s easy on the eyes, and it’s a snap to execute.

And although the golden elixir pictured here looks at first to be simply, you know, beer, it’s secretly So Much More. Shandies are:

Ideal for work parties. This glass has got the look of a full drink, right? But it’s a chameleon: Typically a good glug of it is lime or lemon juice. That means you’re staying a good quarter drink behind the boss lady. Now just remember to stay that way. (Put down that tequila shot. Do it.)

Food-friendly. Pilsner, which the below shandy recipe employs, is a famously food pairing-friendly beer. And citrus is such a flexible flavor that you can be just as happy sipping this alongside a platter of salmon or a few carnitas tacos.

You can tweak it in cool historical ways. As this Saveur article notes, there’s a British variation of the shandy involving equal parts beer and ginger beer (with no citrus) called the shandygaff, which may trace right on back to Henry VIII! 

Really pretty. There’s a lot to be said for a golden glint of sunshine creeping into your shandy as you sip one outside. A lot.

Lime Shandies
From Everyday Food
Makes 4

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
4 light-bodied beers, such as pilsner
Lime wedges, for garnish

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Divide mixture among 4 tall glasses and top with beer. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

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