Consider the apple. Pale flesh, vibrant skin, a star of cyanide at the core. Varied yet universal. An apt metaphor for both desire and innocence— hard, wholesome, tart, sweet.
Consider the apple and consider yourself. Look in the mirror and see the wicked queen, see snow white, see your fall from grace and your salvation. Now sleep.
hard ginger beer and apple cider shandy
This shandy is the perfect balance of tart and sweet with just the smallest fizzy kick, not even a kick really– a tap on the shoulder, a rustle of the wind on your brow, a tickle. The hardest part of this drink is finding hard (alcoholic) ginger beer.
a note on hard (or alcoholic) ginger beer:
you could make this non-alcoholic by using a non-alcoholic ginger beer, that would stretch the shandy definition even tighter but non-alcoholic versions are easier to find.
If you want to go old school you can make your own or buy it.
There are two major brands, both have been around for generations. Look for it at Trader Joes or in amongst the hard ciders at your favorite market.
Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer or Crabbie’s