Brew Blog: Left Hand Good JuJu Shandy

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Hey Ruby Redbird, put that in your glass and drink it.
I consider myself to be a man who keeps his word. I also consider myself a chronic procrastinator, prone to a relaxed pace. That's why I'm just getting (back) around to this one. I'd like to say I had it on my to-do list all along, but that's not entirely true. I'd pretty much forgotten that I'd ever brought it up.

That is, until I stumbled upon a lone bottle of Left Hand Good JuJu hiding at the very back of my fridge, crouched behind bottles of newer discoveries. As I fished it out, I suddenly remembered my shandy intentions, which I'd already half fulfilled.

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Months ago, I did just what I said I would, preparing a Good JuJu Shandy with Jarritos Toronja soda. It wasn't very good. While I'm a fan of the soda on its own, despite its relative lack of real kinship with actual grapefruit, it was pretty awful in this guise. Mostly adding sweetness and a slight acidic kick, the combination actually amplified the artificiality of the soda, masking the nature of the beer in the process. I'd intended to experiment with a more natural-tasting grapefruit beverage, but hadn't gotten around to it. This lapse has now been addressed.

It turns out that Safeway/Randalls' O Organics brand Pink Grapefruit Italian Soda makes a damn find Shandy. Since the soda is made with actual juice (only 12 percent, but still), it tastes more like the real thing. Aside from that, you're basically adding sugar, water, and more fizz. The combination was more or less exactly what I'd hoped for.

Grapefruit rang clearly, and seemed to have a synergistic effect with the ginger, whose zing was even more pronounced. It did come across as slightly sweeter than the straight beer, but only just. The extra fizz was even pleasant, adding an effervescent lightness to the overall experience. I wish I had gotten around to this during the summer, when this drink would really shine. I know what I'll be drinking come May.



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Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

I was expecting to read about your Pumpkinator experience.... Bummer.TA

SirRon
SirRon

While probably not as refreshing as above, just about the only beer cocktail I can stand is an Orange and White. I used to drink it with Celis White back in college (before Miller bought and shut the place down). Now I make it with UFO White.

Pour some orange juice in a glass (a healthy splash or two) and pour the UFO White over it.

I may just like this because I can drink it apologetically in the early AM hours. "Whaths fer brekfsss kedzz? Pancakes!"

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

I can't tell if this is sincere or not, so I'll just act like it is. I haven't gotten to try Pumpkinator. I was at work all day yesterday. I did duck in to the Kroger on W. 11th on my way home from dinner, just to see, but there was none to be had. Not really planning on chasing it, either. If it happens, then it happens. 

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Sounds festive. I wonder if I can convince the fam to swap out mimosas for Orange and Whites for our Hair of the Holiday Dog tipple this Christmas. . .

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

I was being very sincere. So thanks for the real reply. As a friendship offering, I am willing to share some of the bottle that I scored yesterday - if you are ever in The Woodlands area.TA

SirRon
SirRon

The army is not pleased.

SirRon
SirRon

Same drink as the mimosa... only it still tastes good if it gets warm and you won't have that headache later in the day.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Exactly. I have a suspicion that I could swap it out without saying a word, and most of them would barely notice.

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