A shandy (shortened form of shandygaff) is a cocktail made from a mixture of beer (often ale) and a non-alcoholic beverage. The non-alcoholic beverage is usually lemonade in Europe and ginger ale in the Caribbean. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, normally half-and-half, although shandy sold in tins is typically much weaker, around 1 part beer to 10 parts lemonade.
A variant on this is the lager top in which a small measure of lemonade is added to a pint or half-pint of lager. In some areas, tomato juice is mixed with beer as a cocktail.
In Bavaria a mix of helles Bier (lager) and lemonade is called a Radler (Radler is the German word for bicyclist), as opposed to a mix of Weißbier (wheat beer) and lemonade, which is called a Russ.
Often a non-alchoholic beer is used, so that the drink has no alcoholic content and is therefore popular among children.
Other names for shandy:
- Northern Germany: Alsterwasser
- Germany (Munich): Radler ("bicyclist")
- Germany (Bavaria): Russ
- France: Panaché
- Spain (with carbonated lemonade, either lemon-flavored or not - gaseosa)
- Clara ("clear")
- Lejía ("bleach"), in Basque Country.
See also: List of cocktails