The Panaché and The Monaco

So there we were sitting in a café in Provence, ready to order a coffee crème, when our friend asked, “have you ever tried Panaché, or a Monaco?  We had not, and we did—I ordered the Panaché and my husband the Monaco.  A Panaché it turns out is similar to a Shandy (beer flavored with ginger ale) in England or a Radler (beer with lemonade) in Germany.  And then–thanks to the ingenuity of the French with all things relating to food and enjoying life—add a splash of Grenadine syrup and you now have a Monaco…and a new favorite summer drink.  Try one of these on a hot summer day and discover your inner Balzac.

For the Panaché:

In a tall glass mix together ½ French lemonade (the carbonated kind that you can find in most supermarkets) with ½ beer.

For the Monaco:

½ glass of French lemonade, a splash of Grenadine syrup (about a tablespoon) and fill to the brim with beer.

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7 Responses to The Panaché and The Monaco

  1. Jo Anne says:

    Sounds yummy!

  2. Susan says:

    Jo Anne, you have to try this–it is definitely yummy….and will make you as one with the universe…

  3. Jo Anne says:


  4. elisabeth says:

    I totally agree with you about the ingenuity of the french!!!
    great recipe for our hot summer

  5. Susan says:

    Thank you Elisabeth…maybe I can entice you to share one of your wonderful ingenious recipes with us soon!

  6. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for the explanation of what’s in a monaco. By the way, a shandy in Britain is beer mixed with lemonade, not ginger beer

  7. Susan says:

    Thanks for writing Adrienne. Maybe it varies by region, I’ve had a Shandy with Ginger Beer in a London pub, also with lemonade or ginger ale–the important thing I am told is that whatever you use should be carbonated, European style lemonade, as opposed to American-style flat lemonade.

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