Half and half
Half and half refers to various beverages or liquid foods made of an equal-parts mixture of two substances, including dairy products, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks. In the United States, the dairy product half and half is a mixture of one part milk and one part cream.
In New South Wales, a "half and half" (also known as a "fifties") consists of half Tooheys New (a lager) and half Tooheys Old (a dark ale). In pubs where Tooheys New is not available, Carlton Draught may be substituted. This is commonly known as a 'Flaming Carlo'. Other combinations are:
Tooheys Old & Tooheys New = "Bruiser"
Carlton & Fosters Light = "Tutti Frutti"
Carlton & Lift with Iceblocks = "Swamp Water" or "Swampi"
In some cafés in Brussels, a "half en half", Dutch for "half and half", is a mixture of white wine and champagne. Originally, it was a mixture of two different typical beer types from Brussels: 50% lambic and 50% faro.
Ireland, England and North America
In the North East of England, a request for a half and half would more commonly produce a combination of Scotch ale and India Pale Ale (IPA). This drink fell from favour when the Scottish & Newcastle brewery were obliged to sell many of their tied public houses and McEwan's Scotch and IPA disappeared from public bars across the North East.
In Canada and the United States, capitalized Half & Half is Guinness draught and Bass Pale Ale. A lower case half & half is a generic Guinness draught. Black and tan is any lager or ale that will support the Guinness draught, although some Irish-themed bars shun the term for its association with the Black and Tans. In the U.S., the terms (Half and Half, Black and Tan, etc.)are not actually interchangeable. All of the versions start with Guinness Stout. "Black and Tan" refers to Guinness and Bass. "Half and Half" is Guinness and Harp. Guinness and Smithwick's is a Blacksmith.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia
"Pola pola" ("half and half") is a slang term for the drink spritzer, made out of equal parts of white wine or rosé wine and carbonated water. Different ratios of wine and carbonated water are named with various slang terms, depending on the region. "Pola pola" is also known as "litra i voda" (one bottle of wine and one bottle of carbonated water).
In Switzerland, and more particularly in Valais, a half & half is a mixture of dry and sweet liquor of the same fruit. In the canton of Geneva, a "moitié-moitié" generally refers to a digestif containing one half Williamine liqueur and one half Williamine eau-de-vie.
The Arnold Palmer, also known as a half and half, is popular in the Southern United States. The drink consists of 1 part lemonade and 1 part iced tea. Some coffee shops in colder climates serve a half and half drink consisting of half coffee and half hot chocolate, similar to cafe mocha. Half & Half might also refer to a flavor of soda which combines the flavors of grapefruit and lemon.
Canada and the United States
In Canada and the United States, half and half (known as "half cream" in the United Kingdom) almost always refers to a light cream typically used in coffee. The name refers to the liquid's content of half milk and half cream. Its butterfat content is 12.5%. It is widely available in the United States, both in individual-serving containers and in bulk. It is also used to make ice cream. Non-fat versions of the product are also available, containing corn syrup and other ingredients.
Half and half, in Wales and North West England, is commonly understood to be a bed of half chips and half rice. A classic selection would be "chicken curry half and half" or "chili con carne half and half".
In the Netherlands, "half om half gehakt" (half for half) is commonly used for minced meat, a mixture of beef and pork (or lamb in Islamic butchers). The term "Gehacktes halb und halb" is used in Germany, also referring to minced meat.
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