Summertime, and the livin' is easy...
Gourmet, July 1996
Shandy — a drink made of beer mixed with lemonade, ginger ale or ginger beer — first appeared in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. Guests can, of course, quaff the beer and lemonade separately.
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
four 3-inch strips lemon zest -- removed with a vegetable peeler
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2 fresh mint sprigs
Chilled beer -- such as pale ale
1. In a small saucepan bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and stir in zest. Cool sugar syrup to room temperature.
2. Transfer syrup to a small pitcher and stir in remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice, and mint. Chill lemonade until cold. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups lemonade.)
3. Pour 1/4 cup lemonade, or to taste, into each of 4 chilled beer glasses and top off with beer.