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A Traditional Irish ShandyGaff

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Traditional Irish ShandyGaff

St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to thepagan Irish.[13][14] This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older.. And if you have an aversion to the American idea of Green beer (as I do), its the perfect way to toast St. Patricks Day!

The traditional Irish Shandy is a blend of a light pils and sparkling lemonade which is just as yummy! Garnish either with a lime and lemon wedge and toast! 

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. His writings say that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick Cathedral. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around St. Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint. It is said that St Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. And so these days when we think of St. Patrick we almost always think of the shamrock and the wearing of the green.

Traditional Irish ShandyGaff
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Traditional Irish ShandyGaff

Course: Adult Beverages
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 1
Author: Debbie


  • Light Pilsner Beer
  • Ginger Ale


  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes
  • Pour to your taste but generally 1/2 Beer 1/2 Gingerale


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    • Debbie says

      I’ve loved a ‘shandy’ or better yet a ‘shandygaff’ for a long while. One of our close family friends was a British nurse who married her husband after the war. She was full of good recipes and ideas from the UK, the ShandyGaff was one she always suggested for the younger ladies.