Inspired by Wine Republic founder Fiona’s favourite summer cocktail and said bottle shop’s new collection of craft spirits, Fred Siggins from Black Pearl created this ‘Raicilla Shandy’. “Shandies are a great Australian tradition. I tend to judge a venue on whether or not they’re happy to make you a shandy; if somebody’s going to be a wanker about it then I’ve got no time for them” explains Fred. This is not your grandad’s beer and lemonade mix however. Raicilla is a potent cousin to tequila and the drink includes a beer made with green tea instead of hops (“you can taste the tea…it comes through in a really subtle way”) and botanically brewed soda. Fred particularly likes this cocktail “coz it’s the weirdest and I’m all about weird stuff”. Let’s help the good (not so) old-fashioned shandy make a comeback this summer because as Fred says “Shandies are rad.”
30ml La Venenosa Raicilla
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA, chilled
Fentimans Rose Lemonade, chilled
mint spring, to garnish
In a pot glass add raicilla and top up with equal parts IPA and lemonade. Garnish with mint.
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