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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.
From Everyday Food
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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