“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.
Rye whiskey is the oldest spirit of the United States. Rye whiskey was conceptualised in 1798, with a distillery being set up in Mount Verno-- and the rest as they say is history, with its popularity continuing to grow today. Surely, bourbon and scotch are the most heard of, but rye whiskey is just as special with its big, bold, dry and spicy flavour profile.
A drink named after a prima donna of an opera company from Ontario, supremely popular in the 1900s but forgotten in the coming years, that’s Mamie Taylor for you. The very popular singer-actress, Mamya Taylor is rumoured to have requested a ‘long, hard drink’ after one of her performances at a downtown bar. And the bartender in charge was only too eager to please the princess.
There’s nothing more sophisticated than sipping on a glass of a classic Brown Derby cocktail. Invented at the Vendôme bar in Hollywood in 1930, this smooth blend was named after the iconic chain of restaurants in 20th century Los Angeles. These were widely popular back in the day, and stood out for their distinctive ‘derby hat’ shape.