Shandy

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A shandy (shortened form of shandygaff) is a cocktail made from a mixture of beer (often ale) and a non-alcoholic beverage. The non-alcoholic beverage is usually lemonade in Europe and ginger ale in the Caribbean. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, normally half-and-half, although shandy sold in tins is typically much weaker, around 1 part beer to 10 parts lemonade.

A variant on this is the lager top in which a small measure of lemonade is added to a pint or half-pint of lager. In some areas, tomato juice is mixed with beer as a cocktail.

In Bavaria a mix of helles Bier (lager) and lemonade is called a Radler (Radler is the German word for bicyclist), as opposed to a mix of Weißbier (wheat beer) and lemonade, which is called a Russ.

Often a non-alchoholic beer is used, so that the drink has no alcoholic content and is therefore popular among children.

Other names for shandy

  • Northern Germany: Alsterwasser
  • Germany (Munich): Radler ("bicyclist")
  • Germany (Baveria): Russ
  • France: panaché
  • Spain (with carbonated lemonade, either lemon-flavored or not - gaseosa)
  • clara ("clear")
  • lejía ("bleach"), in Basque Country.

See also: list of cocktails

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