A Shandy is Dandy on a Hot Summer Day
I’m getting whiplash from the Seattle-area weather this summer, as we jump from cool and crummy to hot and sunny within days or hours. Now it’s HOT and replenishing fluids is essential. What to drink?
I could say that I’ve been avoiding the cocktail shaker because I don’t want to exert myself in our non-air-conditioned house. The truth is that I’m just lazy, and lazy days call for The Shandy. Here’s the recipe (don’t work too hard popping the caps off):Take a bottle of pale ale Mix it with a bottle of ginger ale Add ice and stir gently.
I am currently using Kona Longboard Lager, similar to a very pale ale, and Hansen’s Sugar-Free Ginger Ale. Other combinations work when neither the beer nor ginger ale dominates the taste.
Don’t judge: this drink is far better than it sounds. It is my preferred summer beverage for several reasons…
- Any other drink in this quantity would get me streaking-through-the-neighborhood drunk.
- It’s low in calories for the quantity.
- It’s easy to transport in a cooler and mix poolside.
- Full bottles of beer and ginger ale together with ice fit perfectly in a 32 oz Big Gulp cup.
Try it and you can be klassy like me.