The name “Mean Shandy” is a nod not only to the Meantime Brewery, which produced the draft beer that this cocktail was first made with, but also to the fact that, with the addition of bourbon, this shandy is far stronger and tougher than the average lager shandy the British are familiar with.–Pitt Cue Co.
LC Shake With Caution Note
Please do shake your Mean Shandy with caution. That’s the warning conveyed by the authors to you, dear reader. It may sound like something from Dick Clark’s days of hosting American Banstand, but the caveat actually pertains to the making of this lovely little cocktail and it goes something—actually, it goes exactly like—this: “Shaking carbonated liquids in any quantity presents possible hazards, so make sure the shaker is tightly sealed. Open carefully once shaken.”
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker (optional); straws (optional)
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
- 1 3/4 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce Lemonade Syrup
- 1 1/3 ounces beer, preferably lager
- Lemon slice, for garnish
- 1. Pour the bourbon, Lemonade Syrup, and beer into a shaker with ice and shake. (You can instead use a jar with a lid or a pitcher and a wooden spoon.)
- 2. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with the lemon slice and, if you feel so inclined, a couple straws (ostensibly for sipping the shandy faster). Cheers!
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