Jolly Shandy


“Brewer”: Carlsberg

Before people had the option of deadening their palate while getting their booze on with a premixed wine cooler, there was shandy, half beer mixed with half lemonade. It is one of those drinks manages to ruin two otherwise perfect drinks when you make it. I’d first heard of the shandy premix from friends’ trips to Indonesia, where it is available everywhere; there were plans afoot to import a case into Australia for me, possibly to horrify anyone who didn’t believe such a daft miscreant could ever exist.

Carlsberg says: “Jolly Shandy now comes in a great new packaging that is energetic and youthful looking. The Lemon flavour packs a tangy great taste as well as added Vitamin C for that refreshing feeling. Jolly Shandy is the perfect drink for today’s young and trendy who live a lifestyle by the adage ‘Refreshingly Different’. ”

I say: Jolly Shandy sounds like the name of a 1980s bubblegum pop outfit or maybe a character from a Pynchon novel. After drinking it, I was not filled with the jollity that the luminous green can suggested, only with carbonated bubbles of gloom. If there is beer in Jolly Shandy, it is not one with a malt flavour that can be discerned over the chemical lemon-lime concoction. With an alcohol by volume of 1%, fruit juice that has been left for a few days past its best-before date will impart more of an alcoholic kick.

If Jolly Shandy recorded an album with Thomas Pynchon, it would be called:
Gravity’s Rainbow Brite

Location:Penang, Malaysia, but available across the whole peninsula.

5 Comments Jolly Shandy

  1. Sarah

    Yo, don’t bag shandy.

    My grandma likes it!

    Your Penang photos are fantastic, and making me incredibly homesick! Hameediyah’s murtabak is awesome!!!!!

    xox Sarah

  2. Joehan

    I dont drink alchol because of religion but i like shandy….. Its nice. Alot of people in my religion says its not really alcoholic because they drink it. Its nice though. Very nice.

  3. conrad lee

    The “spec” printed on Jolly Shandy cans states clearly “not more than 1 percent alcohol”. So yes, it has a tiny bit of alcolol. But so does over-ripe fruit.


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