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Author Notes: Traditionally, a shandy (or shandygaff) is a combination of beer and lemon soda. You could order it in London pub, or even in a Paris café—where it was called a panaché. These days, it seems that beer mixed with any kind of flavored soda or cola is called a shandy. Some beer producers make lemon-flavored beer to evoke the original shandygaff. I tend to shun flavored beers, but the idea of the latter sparked an idea: fresh lemon flavored beer sherbet—basically, a marriage of good beer with homemade lemon sherbet. It would be a great twist on both the sherbet and the shandygaff and super refreshing summer treat for a sultry day.
A shandy for sipping can arguably be made with all kinds of beers, but a sherbet or ice cream made with beer requires a beer with relatively low bitterness—lagers and IPA’s and strong ales need not apply here. —Alice Medrich
Makes 2 1/2 cups
- 1-2 lemons, preferably organic or unsprayed (for zest and juice)
- 1 11-12 ounce bottle (1 ½ cups) Belgian (or Belgian style) Wit Beer (I used Hoegaarden)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- In a 2 quart bowl—because the beer will foam up when mixed—zest enough of one lemon to measure 1/4 teaspoon. Squeeze lemons to make 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons juice and add the juice to the bowl with the zest.
- Add the beer, half and half, and sugar. Stir and let set for a few minutes to dissolve the sugar. Stir again and freeze according to the instructions with your ice cream machine.
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