Rock Shandy Cocktail Recipe

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Cocktail Type

Great for

Pool Party

Difficulty

Easy

Close-up of Rock Shandy in Highball glass filled with ice and garnished with lime wedge

What is a Rock Shandy? 

A Rock Shandy is the perfect drink for a sweltering hot day, and we’ll tell you why. The Rock Shandy cocktail recipe comes from South Africa – a country known for its hot weather. These drinks made with bitters are perfect to keep your guests from melting during your outdoor cocktail party.      

Rock Shandy recipe 

To make a Rock Shandy you only need a few ingredients and a couple of seconds (depending on how long it takes you to pour a drink).   

QUICK TIPS

01

Turn this cocktail into a bigger batch and serve it in an ice-filled pitcher on a sweltering hot day.

02

If you’re craving a stronger drink, add an ounce of vodka or gin to your shandy.

03

Freeze berries and lime in ice trays (with water) and use these as your ice cubes for a colorful twist to your Rock Shandy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

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INSTRUCTIONS

01

Fill a large highball glass with ice

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Pour in equal parts club soda and lemonade

03

Add a few drops of bitters (¼ – ½ a teaspoon, depending on your own taste)

04

Squeeze the juice of a quartered lime into the shandy and drop it into the drink

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Add a swizzle stick and a straw and serve!

Recipe substitutions and variations

You might be surprised to learn that a Rock Shandy isn’t the only shandy around. You can mix things up by serving a few following variations. For a slightly sweeter drink with a ginger kick, replace the soda water with ginger ale. Or if you want something a little sourer and more citrusy make a batch of homemade lemonade. You can’t go wrong! On the opposite side of the Rock Shandy scale, is the Beer Shandy, which is made by combing equal parts beer and lemonade and finished off with fresh lemon. You can also turn your Rock Shandy into a boozier drink by adding a shot of vodka or gin.   

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No, a Shandy is a beer based-cocktail usually made consisting of beer (usually a blonde lager) mixed with a carbonated drink like lemonade or lemon-lime soda. The ratio should usually be 50-50 and you can mix and match with your favourite beer and fruity additions.

Many Countries share the same name for a Shandy, including UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. In Canada, a Shandy is also called Panaché and a lemon version of the Shandy is known as Radler in German.