Rock Shandy Cocktail Recipe

Angostura Bitters
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  • 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 drink (1 serving)
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Looking for a low-alcohol drink that's refreshing and not too sweet? During recent travels in South Africa, the answer became clear: a popular local beverage that combines soda water, lemonade, and Angostura bitters.

What You'll Need

  • Ice
  • 4 ounces soda water (or sparkling mineral water)
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters (or to taste)
  • 1 lemon slice

How to Make It

  1. Fill a large balloon glass or highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour the soda water and lemonade into the glass.
  3. Add the Angostura bitters and mix well. Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon.
  4. Serve ice cold.

All About Shandies

Centuries ago, a shandy was originally known as a shandygaff in England and was made with beer and unsweetened lemonade. The drink quickly spread to British colonies who developed their own versions with native ingredients like the ginger beer used in the Caribbean shandy.


The sweetness and powerful alcoholic punch are intentionally left out of a shandy creating more of a tangy beverage that is refreshing and meant to cool people down and not get them tipsy.