This summer, cider is becoming more than a drink for the pot-bellied old-man who sits at the bus-stop. Make way for shandy cocktails – made with cider. Rather than just a normal shandy, spirits are added to give a kick to the traditional English pint.
Dubbed the “Hedgerow Shandy” by Ollie Dabbous’ Barnyard Restaurant in London, this cloudy creation will be the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon. It’s innovative yet simple. The smooth, golden original is zinged up for the summer with endless possibilities of enhancing the taste of fermented apple.
Avoid using the 10%, often-deadly, canned variety of cider, it’s worth the proper stuff…
Hedgerow Shandy Recipe:
25ml sloe gin
10ml fresh lemon juice
15ml fresh grapefruit juice
15ml sugar syrup
35ml tonic water
Wyld Wood cider (widely available)
Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice – and this one is shaken. Strain into a half-pint pot. Top up with the cider and there you have it: the Hedgerow Shandy – spicing up a old classic.