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Shandy (short for shandygaff[1]) is a drink generally made from beer and clear lemonade. In North America, ginger ale is sometimes used instead of lemonade. The author Christopher Morley offered the following definition:

SHANDYGAFF: a very refreshing drink, being a mixture of bitter ale or beer and ginger-beer, commonly drunk by the lower classes in England, and by strolling tinkers, low church parsons, newspaper men, journalists, and prizefighters. Said to have been invented by Henry VIII as a solace for his matrimonial difficulties. It is believed that a continual bibbing of shandygaff saps the will, the nerves, the resolution, and the finer faculties, but there are those who will abide no other tipple.[2]


  1. shandy. Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved on 2008-04-02.
  2. Morley, Christopher (1918). Shandygaff. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.