This drink is part of the Shandy family, which is any drink that mixes beer with a fruit juice or soda. It is a contraction of “Shandygaff”, which was an old British drink made with equal parts of ale and ginger beer.
The combination of beer and juice is also called a Radler, the German word for bicycle, particularly when using ale and grapefruit juice. It’s thought that mixing beer with lemonade first originated in Germany over a hundred years ago.
Most people agree that there is something particularly refreshing about the combination of lager and lime juice. Corona has traditionally been served with a lime wedge squashed into the neck of the bottle. Many Beer manufacturers now produce products with lime or other juice right in the bottle, but they are all a poor substitute for pouring your own Lager and Lime. The artificial colourings and sweeteners of commercial products tend to overwhelm the lager and are a far cry from what this drink should really taste like.
I prefer to use fresh squeezed lime juice because it’s tarter than the syrup used in your local pub. The syrup, however, doesn’t leave you with pulp floating around in your beer so it’s really a matter of preference.
This is the basic Lager and Lime drink recipe that you’re going to want to use all summer long. Do experiment with other juices to make a variety of Shandy drinks, however, and be sure to try Ale and Black Current. Yummy.
Here’s what you need:
- 10ml Lime Cordial
- 240ml Lager
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Pour the lime cordial into the bottom of a beer glass.
- Top up with lager, tilting the glass to mix in the lime.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
- Beer glass.