Low-Alcohol Refreshment: The Shandy

Drinkers in the UK looking for a beverage without a lot of alcohol know what to order at the pub: a shandy! This mix of beer and sparkling lemonade is lightly alcoholic and very refreshing.In a traditional shandy, beer is mixed in equal parts with sparkling lemonade or a citrus-flavored soda like 7-Up, or with ginger beer for a drink called a shandygaff. Germany has its own version of the drink, called a Radler, and France and Italy call the combination a panaché.

Because the drink is so low in alcohol, it's ideal for cook-outs, poolside parties or anywhere you need a little hydration with your buzz. And although the classic is hard to beat, try playing around with other citrus mixers, like raspberry lemonade or raw lime cordial and a little soda water.

Do you ever drink shandies?

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