August 19, 2010

The Rock Shandy Experiment

Ever since we arrived, people have told us we really ought to try a Rock Shandy. Apparently Rock Shandys are the most popular drink in Namibia. So we experimented for a while to see if we would like them.

There’s good reason for their popularity. They are amazingly refreshing.

Various recipes show them to be either a concoction of:
Lemonade, soda water, lemon and Angostura bitters,
Sprite, soda water, lemon and Angostura bitters or,
Tonic water, lemonade, lemon and Angostura bitters

And they are always served with the bitters layered on the top. They are not sweet but not too bitter either. And they just hit the spot on a hot day.

We’ve tried them all sorts of ways: in tall glasses,


short glasses,


with carrot cake,

 and this one in a sawed off wine bottle!

Though now that the days are getting warmer in Windhoek, sometimes a soft drink just doesn’t hit the spot so the professor opts for the next most popular drink in Namibia.