Friday, 31 December 2010

ginger lime cider shandy

This will be my last post for 2010. We're right on the verge of the new year as I type this. Can you believe that's another one gone? Another boozy recipe is in order, I feel. One of my favourite alcoholic drinks is shandy, which is a popular beverage back in the home country whenever there are festive celebrations. It's easy, lightweight and requires only two ingredients - one part beer, one part fizzy lemonade. For a cheap drunk like me with a paltry pantry, it's pretty perfect.

This time around I thought to myself, why not try a fancier version of shandy with beer, cider, lime and ginger? So I did. Partly inspired by sangria, partly inspired by caipirinha, slightly stronger and a little less sweet compared to my regular shandy recipe, it's a cool cocktail of refreshing flavours.

ginger lime cider shandy

The following recipe is really quite arbitrary - feel free to tweak the amounts of each ingredient to suit your individual preference. For example, you can increase the ratio of fizzy lemonade for a sweeter drink.

ginger lime cider shandy

350ml chilled beer (I usually use a pale lager to make shandy)
350ml chilled alcoholic apple cider
350ml chilled carbonated lemonade / lemon-lime soda (e.g. Sprite, 7-Up)
1 large lime, such as a Tahitian
1 large knob ginger, nearly the size of the lime

- Slice the ginger and cut the lime into wedges. Remove seeds if any.
- Muddle the ginger and lime to release the juices, but try to avoid bruising the peel of the lime, as it can be quite bitter.
- Place muddled ginger, lime and juices in a pitcher.
- Carefully pour the beer, cider and lemonade into the pitcher one by one.
- Let the flavours infuse for a couple of minutes, then pour into glasses and serve immediately.
- You may add a little ice if you like, but be careful not to overly dilute the flavours.

Happy New Year's Eve to all! Whether you have a big night planned or nothing whatsoever, I hope you have a good one and I'll see you again in 2011!


  1. I could do with one of these right now! So hot!!!

  2. Shandy reminds me of chinese new year! Are you coming back to KL?

  3. msihua - yes so hot today! Ah quirky Melbourne weather.

    Michelle, that's what I thought too! We always have shandy during Chinese New Year. No plans to return to Malaysia at the moment but will probably take a holiday in 2011 or 2012.

  4. ° • ♫ "Happy MMXI !!!...
    °º ♫°° ♫♫ Feliz Ano Novo!!!!...
    ° ·. •*• ♫

    Brasil °º♫
    ° ·.

  5. Happy New Year! Hey, this is a drink even I could make! :) Cheers!

  6. Oooh, I've never been much of a cocktail drinker but on New Year's I had something with ginger, lime, and rum, and it was delicious - so I think I could easily go for a glass of this :)

    Happy New Year!

  7. God, you know I've NEVER had a shandy?! Am I missing out? Should I try one :)

  8. Happy new year everyone! Cheers!!

    Agnes, do! Maybe try the basic one first which is one part beer and one part carbonated lemonade and then experiment from there. :D


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