Shandies: Simple and Superbly Refreshing

by Sara Lindquist
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016



A refreshing, low-alcohol shandy is the perfect drink for a crisp fall afternoon. (Photo: Sara Lindquist)

Am I the only one whose social media feeds were bombarded with apple picking photos last weekend? It seemed as if everyone I know was out in the orchards picking bushels of apples to take home and enjoy for snacks and baked goods. 

This weekend is my turn! I'm off to upstate New York to visit family and go to the orchard they've been visiting since childhood. I plan to indulge in cider donuts, pick some fun varietals and likely Instagram my adventures through the orchard.

To prepare myself for the festivities, I've been imbibing in the ciders and seasonal beers that are now arriving at the liquor store. One of my favorites - and not just during the fall - is Downeast Cider House's Original Blend Cider. This week, I've been using my stash of Downeast to mix a fall shandy of sorts, and I think it's both tasty and incredibly easy to throw together! 

Ingredients:

  • 1, 12 ounce can or bottle dry hard cider
  • 1 can ginger ale
  • 3 dashes bitters

 

Directions:

Pour the cider evenly into two pint glasses, so that each glass has 6 ounces of cider. To each glass of cider, add 6 ounces of ginger ale. Finish with 3-4 dashes per glass of the bitters. Stir gently to mix and enjoy. 

*Serves 2

Sara's Picks

Favorite cider brands:  Downeast Cider House, BantamSamuel Smith.

Favorite ginger ale: Fever Tree

Recommended bitters:  Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters (available at The Boston Shaker). Widely available Angostura bitters make a fine substitute.

 

About the Author

Craving Boston's Sara is a Boston-based cocktail enthusiast and bon vivant. Outside of her job in real estate, she enjoys mixing drinks and entertaining for friends in her tiny Beacon Hill apartment, and eating and imbibing at restaurants and bars – and Instagramming her favorites – throughout the greater Boston region.

myWGBH

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Not a problem. Just enter the username you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Instructions on how to reset your Password have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Not a problem. Just enter the email address you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Instructions on how to reset your Username have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Register for myWGBH