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Raise Your Glass: The Classic Shandy Is Perfect for Football & Fall says a shandy is a beer cocktail made of equal parts beer and citrusy lemon-lime soda. A popular British pub drink, a shandy can be easily customized with the beer and soda of your choice, but if you want a traditional British shandy, stick to the 50/50 beer and soda mix.

Germany’s version is called a Radler, meaning “cyclist.” Its origin story involves a hot day, a pack of thirsty Bavarian cyclists, and the owner of a beer garden who didn’t have enough to go around so he got inventive with beer and lemon soda.

Here’s the classic recipe and four variations - a refreshing way to cool down in the hot weather we love in August and September, but the perfect accompaniment for football and tailgating.

Raise Your Glass: Shandy

The Classic Shandy Ingredients:

  • 1 part beer

  • 1 part lemon-lime soda

  • Lemon or lime slice (optional, for garnish)

  • Ice (optional)

Method: Add ¾ cup of cold beer to a glass, and top with ¾ cup lemon-lime soda such as 7-Up or Sprite

Now Mix It Up

Based on your ability to get great local or regional craft beer, here are some other delectable suggestions. Although 50/50 is the traditional ratio, play around with the proportions, add ice (or not) and find what works for you!

It’s Peary Good

A nutty/malty/smooth brown ale (such as Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan) + sparkling pear juice + a lemon twist + a pear slice

Cherry Radler

A botanical porter (such as Abita Vanilla Bean Porter) + black cherry soda or cherry juice + a lime wedge

Spanish Main

A Belgian tripel (such as 1817 Brewery Belgian Tripel) + pomegranate juice + a lime wedge

All Hallow’s Eve Shandy

A pumpkin ale or stout (such as Fertile Ground Brewery Pumpkin Stout) + ginger beer + a squeeze of orange juice + an orange slice

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