Although some might argue otherwise, the term shandy typically refers to a drink consisting of beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or cider. The proportions normally half-and-half, but can vary depending on the ingredients.
The most popular shandy is cider blended with beer, equal parts each, also known as a Snakebite.
But considering the entire spectrum of beer and all the new flavors of ciders being produced, it would be silly to call all beer and cider blends snakebites. This particular shandy is not actually my own handiwork, but the brainchild of Bison Brewing and Ace Cider, who partnered up for a beer & cider event recently. This particular blend was my favorite…
The Bee Sting
- 8. oz Bison Organic IPA
- 8 oz. Ace Honey Cider
Technique is key here. Although both beverages are similar in color, it is possible to float the beer on the cider. First, fill a pint glass with half cider. Then take a large soup spoon and, holding it slightly inside the glass, slowly pour the beer over the back of the spoon into the glass, focusing on pouring the beer on the middle of the spoon.