What Rochester-area bartenders are serving right now - July 28, 2014

Summer Fling

Mixed by Emily Bonsignore, bartender at the Erie Grill (at the Del Monte Lodge), 41 N. Main St., Pittsford.

The inspiration: Aperol (an Italian aperitif) and lemon juice is Bonsignore's favorite pairing. By adding a favorite seasonal fruit like strawberries and a few other ingredients, she created a refreshing warm-weather treat.

2 strawberries

1½ ounces white rum

¾ ounce Aperol aperitif

¾ ounce lemon juice

Splash of simple syrup (You can buy it or boil equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved.)

Muddle two strawberries for a few seconds, to the point where they're still a bit lumpy. Add the remaining ingredients and combine and stir to a consistency similar to a smoothie.

Shake with ice.

Optional: Garnish with more strawberries.

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The best of both worlds - 585.com Magazine - July 2014

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.

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Hospitality Design - November 26, 2013

Jonathan Ragusa approached the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance's Erie Grill as both a hotel restaurant and a local joint. "The restaurant should have its own personality but still relate well to the hotel," says the lifestyle designer of local firm Arena's for Life. Set on Rochester, New York's Erie Canal, the restaurant redesign takes advantage of its views with a fresh setting. "When you're doing a hotel restaurant, it's so different because there's no set demographic in terms of age, client, or group," he explains. "You cover it all." - See more at: http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/projects/Erie-Grill-Rocheste-4688.shtml#sthash.CDzOjhng.dpuf

Restaurant Review: Erie Grill lives up to upscale image - October 8, 2013

With a new menu and comforting yet elegant interior design, the Erie Grill at The Del Monte Lodge in Pittsford is sure to draw hotel guests and locals more than ever before.

If you visited the restaurant before its "reinvention," as the staff calls it, the atmosphere and food have changed immensely. Once inside, the look evokes a sense of calm, from the beige tones flowing from ceiling to floor, to the imperial-style upholstered armchairs and tufted banquettes. Distressed dark wood floors warm the space, a vast improvement over the previous tiles.

The dining room and bar, brightly lit from a wall of windows overlooking the Erie Canal, offer a much-appreciated view of rowers and boaters.

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