Two nations divided by a common citrus drink

Here in the UK, we’ve had a heatwave over the past four days with temperatures soaring into the 80’s.  One of my favourite summertime tipples is a shandy – half lager and half lemonade.  Lemonade as in store bought sparkling lemonade, not American style, which I will get to in a moment.



  • Lager
  • Lemonade

Mix half and half.



And what better way to celebrate Coronation Day, 2nd June than with a feast of traditional British fayre? – a fish supper and a shandy.

fish supper

God Save the Queen! and pass the vinegar

Here’s some archival footage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 including a cast of 30,000 school children waving hankies & Union Jacks and one, notably, dressed as a telly.  The occasion has all of the expected pomp and ceremony, is narrated in the ‘Queen’s English’ and once Elizabeth walked up the aisle in Westminster Abbey, she wasn’t in Kansas any longer.



Now for American-style lemonade, infused with Yankee optimism.


American-style lemonade

  • Four lemons
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • One quart ice cold tap water

Juice the lemons.  Boil about 1/2 cup of the water and mix with the sugar until the sugar dissolves.  Pour the sugar syrup and lemon juice into a quartish-size glass pitcher, fill with water, stir and enjoy!


‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade’


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