It’s 2 p.m., swelteringly hot and you are faced with a dilemma: Do you drink a frosty beer or an ice cold cocktail? The answer is easy: both! Meet the Shandy, the perfect compromise between brews and booze.
The Shandy goes by many names—Radler, Panaché, Shandygaff—but whatever you call it, the mix of beer combined in equal parts with lemonade, lemon-lime soda or ginger beer (along with the occasional shot of liquor) is a tried-and-true daytime sipper thanks to its low ABV. And, thanks to innovative bartenders, the drink is ever-evolving and ever-improving. We count ourselves among those contributing to the Shandy’s evolution. Here are two of our own beer-based cocktails (and one adopted from a bartender buddy) that are perfect for the dog days of summer.