Cocktail of the Month: Ginger Shandy

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the opportunity for outdoor entertaining. Finding the right, and somewhat tame, drink to serve is a key element to an afternoon gathering or perfect brunch. The shandy offers light refreshment with just a hint of ‘spirited’ kick.

Ginger Shandy by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Ginger Shandy by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

The shandy is generally made of beer mixed with a soft drink, such as ginger ale or a carbonated lemon-lime drink. Perhaps the most popular version worldwide is 50% beer to 50% lemon soda. The ratio of beer to drink is usually 1:1 and from there the sky is the limit. Some are flavored and colored by fruit based syrups. By adding fruit juices and other complementary spirits, a new drink is born.

This Ginger Shandy focuses on ginger and botanicals. The drink is light, but still a little earthy. The ginger adds a unique kick and lemon brings just enough pucker to the party.

savour... 'spirited' kicks

Ginger Shandy by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Ginger Shandy by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Before you start:

The drink gets a little extra sweetness in the form of simple syrup. Just combine equal parts of sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar completely. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool before using.

To keep the drink from becoming cloudy, you may wish to squeeze the lemon and strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds and pulp.

The ingredients:

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) ginger liqueur
  • ½ ounce (15 ml) dry gin
  • ¾ ounce (22 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ teaspoons simple syrup
  • 3 ounces (90 ml) pale ale
  • 3 ounces (90ml) ginger ale
  • twist of lemon peel for citrus oils

The method:

  1. Add syrup, gin, juice, and ginger liqueur to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake until jet cold and strain intoa chilled pilsner glass.
  3. Slowly pour pale ale and ginger ale into glass.
  4. Twist lemon peel over glass to express citrus oils for flavor and to calm the foam.
Ginger Shandy recipe graphic by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Ginger Shandy recipe graphic by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest