The national soft drink of Scotland is unquestionably, the orange colored, hard-hitting and sweet stuff called, Iron Bru. The national beer of scotland is a peppy flavored lager called Tennents; it is similar in taste to an american beer some may know called yeungling.
A Traditional Shandy:
- 1/2 Pint of Beer
- 1/2 pint of Ginger Ale
There I was one fine summers day, sitting at The Swamp Bar in the Caledonian Backpackers Hostel in Edinburgh, right off Princess st. at Queensferry st.
I was thirsty but wishing to try something different. I got such a strange notion as I sat, sipping my first tastes of an Iron Bru Soda. I leaned over the wooden bar and looked down at a can of scotch lager in the mini-fridge, a Tennents to be exacted. I thought, “Why the heck not?” I called for a pint and a glass and proceeded to craft according to the recipe I have mentioned above.
- 1/4 Iron Bru (Brew) Soda
- 3/4 Tennents Scotch Lager
I tried the initial drink and it was good! But it seemed to miss something! I asked for:
- A few ice cubes
This addition smoothed the drink. But what else could a summer-oriented drink need? I called the bartender over to sample my concoction and as he put the drink to his lips, reflecting for a moment, his face lit up with an idea. He moved his hand to a cache of sliced fruits and garnishes and he then produced:
- A slice of lemon
He squeezed and placed the slice inside the newly founded drink. I sampled then he sampled and our faces mirrored each others.
Aha! There we have it!-A delicious, peachy, sweet, zippy summer time drink, Edinburgh style!
If you ever find yourself in Edinburgh, perhaps down on Queensferry st. at the hostel, ask the bartender for an Iron Bru or A Tennents lager or perhaps ask him for both as in an Edinburgh Shandy! Enjoy Folks!