One of my favorite drinks as a young fella growing up on the islands, which I also passed on to my daughters (they prefer the sorrel version) is Shandy. Cold, refreshing and simply delicious… on those hot summer days when the mercury starts climbing up the 30’s (Celsius). While this version is alcoholic and best kept away from the kids, there’s no reason why you can’t make the kids version with non-alcoholic beer as the version I grew up enjoying.
3-4 beers (your fav – bottle or can)
5 slices of ginger
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 lemon (sliced)
Place the slices of ginger and lemon in a large jug or container you’ll be serving the Shandy from, then tip the container to the side and gently pour the beer in (watch the video below).
Feel free to use a cheap beer or one you enjoy and I must mention that a Lager works best. After you’ve gone in with the ginger, lemon and beer, it’s time to add the lemonade concentrate (thawed) and stir well to combine all the flavors. While stirring I try to bruise the ginger the lemon slices to allow the flavors to really come out.
Try to use the lemonade while it’s still a bit slushy so it chills the overall Shandy and you won’t require ice when serving. Additionally I chilled the beer, lemon and ginger too. I find by adding ice cubes to it really takes away from the bold flavors I enjoy. I guarantee you this will be your new drink for the summer. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked by friends for the recipe and the lazy ones will simply ask you to bring a pitcher along. You can easily double or triple this recipe for a more “tusty” crowd.