Ooh! A cocktail that is barely known over this side of the Pond: A Shandy: Mix beer and 7-Up, is all. Very topical right now, because it might be the most refreshing Summer drink ever.
On my first-ever day out alone in America, I borrowed my fiancee's 1969 Dodge Dart. I was in Boulder, CO, so I headed right up the Flatirons to Gold Hill, 3,000 feet higher, had lunch, and kept going up. I got to 12,000 feet before the car and I passed out. A friendly cop gave me oxygen, twiddled with the carburettor, and pointed me downhill.
About a mile lower, I stopped at my first American bar, and asked for a shandy and a hamburger. I had to explain what a shandy was, and she looked at me worriedly before calling out: "Hey, Harry! This guy wants 7-Up in his beer!"
When the hamburger came, I asked for HP Sauce. I had to explain what that was, too, and got rewarded with: "Harry! Get out here! Now he wants BROWN sauce on his hamburger!"
Whatever you do, don't waste good beer on it: A Guinness shandy would be a crime, but here's another great strange combination: Guinness and Champagne, called a Black Velvet:
(Bartenders who think style is everything serve it as above, like a pousse-café
, but that's plain silly: it should be mixed.)