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Phoenix

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By "here" I assume you mean the States? If so, maybe you can forego the search and visit a local establishment to buy this:

 

OzAnnie

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I haven’t got the answer but did discover ‘clara’ was a really refreshing drink on camino. I’m not a beer drinker but found a ‘clara’ to be just right.
I noticed it wasn’t called clara everywhere though., so I usually just asked for cerveza con limón
- I didn’t enjoy the bottled alternative ‘radler’ as much as the mix https://www.google.com.au/search?cl...rp#imgdii=Z5joXMLn8KC8gM&imgrc=nEsc7PponZzmUM
 

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I haven’t got the answer but did discover ‘clara’ was a really refreshing drink on camino. I’m not a beer drinker but found a ‘clara’ to be just right.
I noticed it wasn’t called clara everywhere though., so I usually just asked for cerveza con limón
- I didn’t enjoy the bottled alternative ‘radler’ as much as the mix .
Yes. Clara, radler, and shandy are roughly equivalent.
 

jpflavin1

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By "here" I assume you mean the States? If so, maybe you can forego the search and visit a local establishment to buy this:


Tried it but it is just not the same. If I could find out what there are using behind the bar maybe I can replicate. Taste could also be driven by the beer and draft vs, bottle? Some folks will know what they use.

Thanks for the suggestion
 
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Tried it but it is just not the same. If I could find out what there are using behind the bar maybe I can replicate. Taste could also be driven by the beer and draft vs, bottle? Some folks will know what they use.

Thanks for the suggestion
Joe, I think none of them will taste quite the same as you remember because you aren't in Spain! 😉
 
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I had pretty good results mixing Lorina lemon soda with Pacifico beer from Mexico. Lorina is a bit expensive and not available in all grocery stores:
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Jeff Crawley

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Quite often I found clara being made with "La Casera Gaseosa" which is a slightly sweetened soda water

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Not as sweet as lemonade though.

You sometimes get it made with a cloudy lemonade rather than Sprite.
 

Albert_Hadacek

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To replicate the taste of Spanish Shandies I would go for a very mild taste lager, something like Budweiser, maybe Carling for Brits, potentially Stella, Heineken, Foster's or Tennet's if you are Scottish.

The perfect lemonade that you can get anywhere is IMO San Pellegrino, its sugar content is not that high therefore the flavour is properly citrusy and sour.

Mixing it 50:50 and you get a great summer refreshment.

My favourite pick for radler or just beer with a splash of lime squash is Carling followed by Foster's.
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Just like Guinness
Which reminds me of the Irish joke I heard recently:

Three company representatives from Budweiser, Schlitz and Guinness are at a brewing convention in Dublin. During a break in the proceedings they head off to one of the many bars for some refreshment.

The man from Budweiser ordered Budweiser, the man from Schlitz ordered Schlitz and the man from Guinness ordered a Pepsi Max.

"How come you're drinking that?" one of them asked.
"Ah, well," said the man from Guinness, "neither of you two ordered beer and I didn't want to be the odd one out."
 

Jeff Crawley

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You could very well be right that Spain is the missing ingredient.
My family had a history of bringing back to the UK drinks of an "exotic" nature which tasted so good in their native habitat but just weren't quite right in the damp, cold atmosphere of the British Isles.
I remember we brought back Kaiserbirne from Austria in 1963: made from pears, tasted of pear drops and smelled like nail varnish remover. That bottle lingered at the back of a store cupboard for many a year.
Pacharan, on the other hand . . . . served warm, is just so reminiscient of the Galloways cough syrup of childhood memories!
 
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Which reminds me of the Irish joke I heard recently:

Three company representatives from Budweiser, Schlitz and Guinness are at a brewing convention in Dublin. During a break in the proceedings they head off to one of the many bars for some refreshment.

The man from Budweiser ordered Budweiser, the man from Schlitz ordered Schlitz and the man from Guinness ordered a Pepsi Max.

"How come you're drinking that?" one of them asked.
"Ah, well," said the man from Guinness, "neither of you two ordered beer and I didn't want to be the odd one out."
I don't drink beer, Jeff, but I still know what you mean...they were my father's beer, and don't forget Pabst Blue Ribbon, my dad's favorite. Today, the men in my life prefer the strong IPA's.
 

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I am trying to find the lemon soda they mix with beer. Most likely it is different region to region but so far I have not been able to replicate it here.
Quite a few bars I went into were using Fanta Lemon. Have used this myself and its just about right but never exactly the same as on the camino. Maybe the weather is not warm enough in Ireland or the beer needs to be Spanish but Coors lite and fanta lemon is the closest I got to it. BTW, do not order it in the Spanish tourist resorts, the price will shock you. At least double what you pay on thje camino
 
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David Tallan

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2018
Which reminds me of the Irish joke I heard recently:

Three company representatives from Budweiser, Schlitz and Guinness are at a brewing convention in Dublin. During a break in the proceedings they head off to one of the many bars for some refreshment.

The man from Budweiser ordered Budweiser, the man from Schlitz ordered Schlitz and the man from Guinness ordered a Pepsi Max.

"How come you're drinking that?" one of them asked.
"Ah, well," said the man from Guinness, "neither of you two ordered beer and I didn't want to be the odd one out."
Here in Canada we have our own jokes about American beer, but they usually involve couples in canoes.
 

Jeff Crawley

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Here in Canada we have our own jokes about American beer, but they usually involve couples in canoes.
That close to water eh? When I lived up in Thunder Bay we'd get a lot of tourists come up for the hunting and fishing and they couldn't understand how they got drunk so quickly. Kindly Canadian barkeepers then had to explain about alcohol!
 

jpflavin1

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I think it’s either Kas or Fanta.

Fanta available online the US but it’s pricey so you should get confirmation.


I think you are right Laurie. The Fanta is expensive here because it is being shipped from the UK.

There are lots of stores here that carry Fanta but none that carry Lemon.

I found a site for Kas that might work.
 
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I believe I saw it today but not sure if that specific flavor??
Make sure that you get the Limonata, which has sugar and lemon juice. It's in a standard size soda can. Don't get the Lemon Zest Essenza, which I think comes in a tall skinny can.


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I haven’t got the answer but did discover ‘clara’ was a really refreshing drink on camino. I’m not a beer drinker but found a ‘clara’ to be just right.
I noticed it wasn’t called clara everywhere though., so I usually just asked for cerveza con limón
- I didn’t enjoy the bottled alternative ‘radler’ as much as the mix https://www.google.com.au/search?cl...rp#imgdii=Z5joXMLn8KC8gM&imgrc=nEsc7PponZzmUM

I agree - the canned radler was pretty ordinary... That said, the 'mixed in front of you' of beer and lemon squash/soda was ordinary too...

However, the draught 'limon beer' (or whatever one cares to call it) was brilliant - just the thing after a long hard days walking!

Cannot wait to get bac there for some (well, I can, and will, wait, given current pandemic issues)!

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You can order "clara" con limon, o con gaseosa. One has lemonade (NOT fizzy lemon pop... that is the key difference missing from US/UK imitations -- Spanish limon is minimally fizzy!). Clara con gaseosa is not so tart, but it's still very wet and refreshing at the end of a long walk.
Careful with your pronunciation, though. I ordered a "clara" the other day in Calzada de la Cueza, and was served bitter pink wine -- Clarete!
I drank it anyway.
 
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One has lemonade (NOT fizzy lemon pop... that is the key difference missing from US/UK imitations -- Spanish limon is minimally fizzy!).
That's why I like the San Pellegrino Limonata it is minimally fizzy.
 

jpflavin1

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I experimented with Limonata today and 3 bottled beers (Heineken, Modela and Stella). None matched my memory of Clara. That said, the best match was with Stella. I accept the challenge to find Clara outside of Spain.
 

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You can order "clara" con limon, o con gaseosa. One has lemonade (NOT fizzy lemon pop... that is the key difference missing from US/UK imitations -- Spanish limon is minimally fizzy!). Clara con gaseosa is not so tart, but it's still very wet and refreshing at the end of a long walk.
Careful with your pronunciation, though. I ordered a "clara" the other day in Calzada de la Cueza, and was served bitter pink wine -- Clarete!
I drank it anyway.
Yes it is better to say clara con limon or con gaseosa because in Madrid if you say only clara, you'll get gaseosa and in Cataluña lemonade.
 

jpflavin1

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I usually just ask for Cerveza con Limon, media y media. That is probably not correct but usually gets me what I want.
 
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I am trying to find the lemon soda they mix with beer. Most likely it is different region to region but so far I have not been able to replicate it here.
There are 2 main brands which make the limon here in Spain. Casera and Kas. If you access Schweppes Lemon in your country then makes a pretty good substitute. About the Radler comment, I think that the Amstel version is pretty good.
 

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I never had a clue that there were so many varying types and tastes of lemonade and soda, all producing differing versions of a shandy...I hope Joe finds the perfect combination he is searching for.
 

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I am trying to find the lemon soda they mix with beer. Most likely it is different region to region but so far I have not been able to replicate it here.

FOR many years I enjoyed “Radler” in Austria, particularly in summertime.
Austrians have different mixtures they use. Some use a real lemonade mixture made with fresh lemons, others mix it with a soft drink similar to our “Sprite”, or some ginger ale,or even
“Almdudler”, which is a sweet, carbonated drink with herbs. But their beers make it best!
 
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