“I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles,—but much more so, when he laughs, it adds something to this Fragment of Life.”
― Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
Mirth and laughter maketh a man, they say. But, it was this very mirth and this very novel that is touted to have given birth to a drink that goes by the name of ‘shandy’. Some say that King Henry VIII might have accidentally discovered a beer shandy one evening and attempted to drown his kingly woes in the blend. Whatever the tale may be, there’s no denying that a beer shandy is as delightful a drink on a hot summer’s day as a glass of mama’s tangy lemonade. In fact, one can call the beer shandy an adult’s version of the docile lemonade. Many variations of the drink have quenched many a parched throats over the years, here’s a version with whisky in it, cuz’ whisky always makes life better.
Mix your own Cowboy Shandy…
You’d need a big pour (60 ml, of course) of your favourite Ballantine’s Scotch whisky. Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky makes for a particularly lethal combination in the Shandy, thanks to its full-bodied, apple and vanilla flavoured palate with hints of floral sweetness. Once the whisky bit of it is sorted, gather 20 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 20 ml of simple syrup, and 250 ml of chilled beer. Add the whisky, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a chilled glass. Top with the beer, stir gently. Plop in a handful of ice-cubes. Add a twist of lemon peel to the glass and your Cowboy Shandy is ready to rock!
Put on a John Ford, call your boys, put your feet up and enjoy a lazy, boozy weekend.
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