Shandygaff or Shandy, a beverage first
invented in the United Kingdom, is beer flavoured with
ginger beer or ginger ale.
Carbonated lemonade or citrus-flavored soda may also be used. In German,
this type of drink is called a Radler (German for "Cyclist") in
Southern or Alster in Northern Germany. In French it is called a
Panaché (French for "mixed", "motley").
Left: A can of
Radler, German-style shandy.
The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste,
normally half-and-half, although shandy that is sold canned or bottled is
typically much weaker (about one part beer to ten parts sweet soda).
A more potent variation known as a Turbo Shandy is
made from mixing lager with a citrus-flavoured or lemonade-based alcopop (e.g.,
Smirnoff Ice or Mike's Hard Lemonade). It is sometimes fortified with a shot or
more of the base alcohol.
In France, a panaché (meaning "mixed" or "motley") is
beer mixed or flavoured with limonade (French-style lemonade), which is
lemon-flavoured soda or soda water. Adding
grenadine to the mix makes a
In Britain, a popular variant is the “lager top,” in which a small
measure of clear lemonade or lime juice is added to the lager, usually about a
Biermischgetränke (“beer-based mixed drinks”) are
popular in Germany. Sometimes a non-alcoholic beer is used, so that the drink
has no significant alcohol content. Since a 1993 change in German tax law,
Biermischgetränke are also sold pre-mixed in bottles.
The Radler ("cyclist") is a Biermischgetränk
with a long history in German-speaking regions. It consists of a 50%/50% or
60%/40% mixture of various types of beer and German-style soda pop. During the
summer months, Radler is very popular there due to its reputation of being a