Traditionally speaking, shandies only refer to beer combined with a carbonated beverage. But increasingly, the pirate-esque name “shandy” is being used for all sorts of delightful, convincingly alcoholic beverages.
Behind the inconspicuous Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa in the village of Pittsford there is the Erie Grill, where white-stained woods and glossy marble bar tops evoke the airy, seafar- ing styles of Caribbean resort hotels. The bar also features a shandy of equal breeziness, the State of Mind. First, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, peach schnapps, and a couple dashes of hot sauce are mixed together. Over this is poured Kölsch, a light German beer.This cocktail is heavy on the floral notes and the beer doesn’t impose on the rest of the drink, making it a perfect choice for someone who is still training their beer palate.