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Author Notes: Shandies are typically summer drinks. The general formula is 1 part beer to 1 part soda - lemon-lime, gingerale, etc... My version is made for winter. It combines the chocolate and coffee flavors of porter with the holiday flavors of a pomander (the classic clove-studded orange you probably made sometime in your childhood). The resulting drink tastes like the holidays with the warm clove spice and orange soda adding a bit of cheer and brightness to the bold but heavy porter. Cheers! —hardlikearmour
Makes 1 1/4 cups syrup, enough for 10 to 12 cocktails
- 2 medium to large oranges
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)
- Thoroughly wash oranges. Remove zest, avoiding the white pith, and set aside. Cut oranges in half and juice them. Strain the juice, reserving and refrigerating 6 tablespoons (3 oz). Transfer remaining juice to a liquid measure, and add water to total 1 cup of liquid.
- Combine water, sugar, orange zest, and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, swirling occasionally to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to come to room temperature.
- Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a jar or other suitable storage vessel. Stir in vanilla extract and orange blossom water. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Pomander Porter Shandy (serves 2)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons (1 1/2 to 2 oz) Pomander Syrup
- 6 tablespoons (3 oz) freshly pressed and strained orange juice
- 1 12-oz bottle of Porter (one with nice chocolate notes)
- 10 to 12 oz seltzer
- 2 oranges wheels, each studded with several cloves (optional garnish)
- Divide ingredients equally between 2 16-oz glasses, starting with the smaller amounts of syrup and seltzer. Taste and add more syrup or seltzer if desired. Garnish with orange wheel if desired.
- If making a larger batch, combine the ingredients in a pitcher instead.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Cocktail
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Beer