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Shandy is beer mixed with a soft drink, such as carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, apple juice, or orange juice. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, usually half-and-half. Non-alcoholic shandies are known as "rock shandies". Shandies are more popular in western Europe than other parts of the world.
Variants by name
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Biermischgetränke ("beer-based mixed drinks") are popular in Germany. Sometimes, non-alcoholic beer is used, so the drink has no significant alcohol content. A common ingredient of these drinks is German-style carbonated lemonade. Since a 1993 change in German tax law, Biermischgetränke are also sold premixed in bottles.
In Berlin and eastern Germany, the Potsdamer, a 50%/50% mixture of light-coloured beer and flavoured soda, is a popular drink. The soda used in a Potsdamer is flavoured with a shot of raspberry syrup, giving it a red colour.
The Berliner Weisse mit Schuss is made from a light Weißbier (white beer) mixed with a Schuss (shot) of sweet syrup instead of soda. It comes in three standard varieties: the Grün ("green") with Waldmeistersirup, a woodruff-flavoured syrup; the Gelb (yellow) with a shot of Zitronensirup (lemon syrup); and the Rot (red), with a shot of Himbeersirup (raspberry syrup).
In France, a demi-peche combines French beer and a shot of peach syrup.
In Spain, a "clara" is the combination of 50% beer and 50% gaseosa (soda, like Sprite) or lemon soda. It is served in a caña glass.
Radler (German for "cyclist") has a long history in German-speaking regions. It commonly consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. The origin of the name is lost to time, but is presumed to relate to the popularity of cycling and the need for a refreshing, less-alcoholic beverage on the journey. The story says that a German innkeeper was waiting for his cyclists regulars, when he found out that he doesn't have enough beer. So he blended the remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars really liked the new drink, so it became popular.
In northern Germany, a half-and-half made of Pilsner beer and lemon soda is known as an Alster (short for Alsterwasser, German for "Water from the Alster" lake, a river around which the city of Hamburg is situated). Alsterwasser in Hamburg can be served made with cola instead of lemonade. It looks more like the water of the Alster that way.
The invention of Radler has been widely attributed to the Munich innkeeper Franz Xaver Kugler in 1922. However the combination of beer and lemonade is documented in texts dating from 1912. Nowadays, Radler is drunk not only in Bavaria, but also in all of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, and Romania.
In Austria, it is common to use Almdudler instead of lemon soda for the Radler.
During the summer months, Radler is very popular due to its reputation of being a thirst-quencher.
In New Zealand, the word "radler" was trademarked by DB Breweries for their "Monteith's Radler" beer, which is a citrus-flavoured, full-strength (5%) beer. Ths has led to some brewers to use the names 'reldar' (Radler spelled backwards) and "Cyclist" (the literal meaning of Radler).
A Panaché (French for "mixed") is a draft beer mixed with carbonated lemonade in Switzerland, Belgium and in France. A typical Panaché in the Alsace region contains less than 1% alcohol by volume.
In Germany, lager beer mixed with cola is called a Diesel, Colabier, or Gespritzter, with several regional differences in name and composition:
- Hefeweizen mixed with cola is called a Colaweizen.
- Weißbier mixed with cola is called a Flieger (Aviator), Neger (Negro), or Turbo.
- Pilsner or Altbier and cola is a Diesel or Krefelder.
- A Brummbär (grouch) is stout or porter mixed with cola.
- An Altbier Cola is made with Altbier, cola, and a shot of Kirsch.
- A Greifswalder, a popular shandy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, is made with Köstritzer (a type of dark lager) mixed with cola.
A diesel in the United Kingdom is another name for a snakebite, a combination of half a pint of lager, half a pint of cider and (optionally) a measure of blackcurrant cordial, and thus does not meet the definition of a shandy, which needs to include beer and a non-alcoholic drink.
A mazout is a common drink in Flanders and is a 50:50 mix of pilsner and cola.
In (mainly southern) regions of the United Kingdom a fir tree normally denotes a very similar drink, usually half-and-half lager and cola, like the German Diesel or Krefelder. The name derives from the Fir Tree, a public house in Oxford where the drink is said to have originated. A variant is the fir tree top – predominantly lager but with a very small quantity of cola added.
A shandygaff is an older British name for beer mixed with ginger beer or ginger ale; the earliest written record of the word dates back to 1853. In H. G. Wells’ comic novel The History of Mr. Polly, Wells refers to shandygaff as "two bottles of beer mixed with ginger beer in a round-bellied jug".
Australian variant 1/2 and 1/2 Stout and Lemonade (traditionally Coopers Best Extra Stout)
In France a 50/50 mix of lager and carbonated lemonade with a dash of Grenadine is called a "Bière Monaco".
In Singapore, a 50/50 mix of lager and Tonic water is known as a Kip Lin, named after the architect and architectural historian Lee Kip Lin (1925 – 2011) who drank this version of shandy, and who is believed to have invented it.
Variants made with added liquor
The Bavaria, Goaßmaß (goat stein) is a 50%/50% or 60%/40% mixture of dark Weizenbier and cola, with a shot of Kirsch. It is served in a one-liter stein called a "Maß". There is also a Goaßhalbe ("half goat"), which is served in a 0.5-liter glass.
Variants made with sparkling wine
The Bismarck, named for a favorite drink of a nineteenth-century German Chancellor, is made with equal amounts of Köstritzer (a Schwarzbier) and champagne. It is served in a beer stein and is similar to a black velvet.
The Bierkut is half Pilsner combined with a mixture of vodka and orange juice.
The Mass und Schuss is a liter of beer served with a schuss (shot of hard alcohol) on the side. The Laterndl is prepared by putting a shot-glass of Kirschwasser (sour cherry brandy) at the bottom of the Mass before pouring in the beer, making it a sort of reverse depthcharge.
The Dr Pepper shandy is a mix of lager with amaretto. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, generally somewhere between three and five parts beer to one part amaretto. The name is derived from Dr Pepper soda, which tastes comparable. A local variant, especially in the UK, is made by mixing equal measures of lager and Coca-Cola, with a shot of amaretto, (including the shot glass), 'dropped' in at the end.
The soju shandy is a Korean version that includes a shot of Korean soju.
Rock or non-alcoholic shandy
In Southern Africa, a rock shandy is made up of half lemonade, half sparkling water, and ice (usually with a few dashes of Angostura bitters). A variation is the Malawi shandy, which replaces the sparkling water with ginger beer.
- Germany and Austria
In Ireland, a non-alcoholic half-and-half mix of orange soda and lemon soda is popular. It is available as a premixed beverage.
- United States
In the United States, a non-alcoholic half-and-half mix of lemonade and iced tea is popular and is known as an Arnold Palmer, after the famous golfer. Created on an ad hoc basis at first, Palmer commercialized the mix and licensed use of his name and image on cans of the drink which are produced and marketed by the Arizona Tea company.
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