the shandy

The shandy- half beer, half lemonade – has an interesting role in Australian history. Historically the shandy in Australia was a woman’s drink. I think for perhaps two reasons – a woman could not handle the power of a manly beer so had to have a watered down version, but also – why waste a beer on a woman, she only deserves a tiny amount. Interestingly, in a further tip of the hat to Aussie sexism, there was no thought of using the strong manly beer to get the sheilas a bit tipsy so you could disarm their naturally modest reticence and have your way with them. You could do that anyway.