Beer in another of those things which has been slow to develop on my palate. As a child, my mother used to drink shandy’s …a drink served in most Commonwealth countries and consists of beer and 7-Up (aka – lemonade). She would come in from a hot afternoon of mowing the lawns and yearn for something to quench her thirst. She would always offer my sister, Penelope, and I a child-sized portion. We would always feel so grown up and important when we were offered one.
When I look back, she probably put in about 2 tablespoons of beer to 1 cup of 7-Up, thus the reason it always tasted so good and sweet. Spring forward 15 years and I thought beer was revolting. It was this savory, bitter drink that made me burp after I’d had it. Yuck.