Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Budget Booze - Part III

Dandy Shandy

Ginger Ale Shandy

Are you a beer lover tired of drinking it alone because your friends or relatives are put off by its taste?

Shandy just might be the solution.

A shandy is a beer cocktail consisting of beer mixed with a non alcoholic beverage. Like training wheels on a bicycle, it's a good way to win people over to beer drinking because the non alcoholic ingredient mutes the bitterness of the beer. Plus it's budget friendly. Once they get used to drinking shandy, you can slowly increase the ratio of beer in the recipe until the "training wheels" can come off and they can drink beer without gagging.

For my shandy recipe, I opted to use blonde beer, as I find the taste just subtle enough not to put my drinkers off, and yet prominent enough for them to know they are actually drinking beer.

Here's How You Do It
Total Prep Time: 3 Minutes or Less
Serves 4 to 6


1 Large Can (740 mls) of Blonde - OR - Any other light tasting Beer

6 Cups of Ginger Ale - OR - Lemonade - OR - Lemon Lime Soda i.e. Sprite or 7Up


1 Pitcher

Pour the beer into the pitcher and add the non alcoholic ingredient of your choice.


Next week, I'll show you two versions of that party favorite: Sangria!


-Samantha R. Gold

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