Gunner (cocktail)

A gunner is a cocktail served in more prominent clubs and bars, especially those popular with expats, in Hong Kong and other parts of the Far East and India formerly under British colonial rule. It consists of equal parts ginger beer (or lemonade) and ginger ale with a dash of Angostura bitters and sometimes a measure of lime cordial or lemon juice.[1] It is regarded as a non-alcoholic drink, although Angostura bitters is 44.7% alcohol by volume. It is noted for its refreshing qualities, especially in warm weather.[2]

The gunner has been described as "the only real Hong Kong cocktail".[3]

Related drinks (or possibly alternative names): Malawi shandy, rock shandy,[4] Windermere


  1. The Sweeter Side of Bitters, Asia Tatler, Lynn Fung, 24 May 2010
  2. Cocktails - A quick shake up, Wine & Dine magazine
  3. The Spirited Traveller: A view to a cocktail in Hong Kong,, 4 July 2011
  4. Rock Shandy or Gunner,

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