Mosquito's have this annoying habit of always biting me in the most annoying areas possible. The back of my knee, my knuckle, beside my eye, on my Achilles tendon.... Its been a nightmare! The kids on the playground always have to go and trek through the long grass, which is fine, but it brings out the mosquito's in droves. I try to hang out closer to the gravel and playground, but when the kids come running back, they are surrounded by swarms.
Even though the mosquito's are bad this year, I can't resist coming home and stretching out on the back deck. It's just such a great way to unwind and attempt to ignore the persistent stings of those pesky insects. This following recipe is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and forget about the bites.
I stumbled across this recipe awhile ago on the blog Girl Cooks World and just had to mark it down for later experimentation. Cate has travelled across the world, and she has all these amazing exotic and tasty recipes to try. I know I've marked down a few for the future still as well!
Now this recipe caught my eye due to its originality. It wasn't really because the ingredients were so bizarre (Which they aren't), it's because I had never thought about using them together. According to Cate, it's a fairly popular recipe in both Australia and the UK. I wish that I had heard of it earlier! You would think that because of the close imperialistic ties that Australia, Canada and the UK have that I would have heard of this somewhere before, but no such luck.
I was nervous when I made this... and had some serious reservations leading up to the first drink, but it was delicious! I used Ginger Ale instead of Sparkling Water, just for a little variation and some more flavour. You should also think about the beer that you are combining it with, to maximize the flavour sensation. It's a perfect summer drink for the back deck. Just give it a try... you'll be pleasantly surprised! Thanks again Cate for the awesome recipe!
Shandy - Australian Lemonade
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsps
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Ginger Ale - 3/4 Cup
Beer (I used Corona) - 3/4 cup
Lemon for Garnish
In a large cup, mix together the lemon juice, sugar and ginger ale. Add the ice, then slowly pour the beer over the top. Stir gently. You can give this a sample drink now and add more ingredients to taste. I preferred a bit more lemon juice for more of a "lemonade" kind of feel.
Top with a lemon for garnish and serve, icy cold, and on your back deck. Enjoy.