Pomander Porter Shandy

December 18, 2012

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


Pomander Syrup

  • 2 medium to large oranges
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • water
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)

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)
In This Recipe


Pomander Syrup

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)

  1. 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.
  2. If making a larger batch, combine the ingredients in a pitcher instead.

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