Monday, August 18, 2008


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

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.

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.)

Pour 1/4 cup lemonade, or to taste, into each of 4 chilled beer glasses and top off with beer.

[Catherine, please write this down in the official pub drink recipe guide. Thanks.]


  1. Sounds wonderfully intoxicating, and awfully vomitable. You've been a quiet little one yo..what happened that you got the muzzle?

  2. I have to ask - why on earth would you make the lemonade from scratch? I doubt whether you would you make the beer from scratch.

  3. do free snacks come with it? maybe a scratch behind my ears?

    it only takes one look at my poor, panting, drooling face for the barmaids to whip up a shandy for me. maybe it's 'cause i'm canine - i'll eat/drink anything!

    nope, i don't vomit. i generally look pathetic and get a second one, for free !!

    then i find a cool spot to lay down and sleep it off.

    no, usually they just use lemonade from a bottle behind the bar. but if someone made me homemade lemonade to pour into my beer .... i'd follow them home, tail wagging, and be loyal for life!!


  4. @Claire - Yes Claire. All those ingredients = lemonade. :)
    @Chica - More vomit inducing than wonderfully intoxicating, I would think. I have indeed been quite. I have spend some time in the pound. :)
    @a. - What does it matter. Either way you've spoiled the taste of good beer by dumping lemonade into it. :)
    @Lola - Sure! Free snacks just to get rid of the lemonade beer! Heh. Scratch later, though. :)

    Woof back at you, Lola. :)

    Thank you for stopping by. I hope you come again.

  5. So you won't be taking me up on the offer of Pimms?

  6. Yes, lemonade shandy is a bit of a "training" drink. Try it with a good ginger ale for a more adult taste with a bite. Pimms is in a different class.

  7. Haha my friend was drinking shandy last night. Not me though, I had me a stella (aka wife beater)

  8. Tut, tut - much ado about ... shandies?

    I was expecting a room of locals enjoying a rousing game of dominoes.

    It has been my observation that ales, lagers, stouts and various forms of said beverages are typically served in glass containers in English pubs...

    certainly not ranked by class constraints.

    Personally, I like lemonade: tart and sweet. The fragrance of lemon blossoms is heavenly on a humid, spring's night.

    As I do not have a fondness for ales and such, a shandy is not a unsatisfactory compromise .... it reminds me of some lovely Aussie boys I met long ago.


    do call me adolescent ....


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