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Farm-fresh booze

Luscious summer produce becomes lushes' delight in the hands of local mixologists
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012

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BERRY Cyclist Rogue at Lord Hobo 

Nestled on an unassuming street corner halfway between Kendall and Inman squares, Lord Hobo reigns supreme with summertime beer cocktail the CYCLIST ROGUE ($10). Labeled as a "raspberry shandy" on the menu (and partly deriving its name from a Bavarian shandy variation called the "Radler," meaning "cyclist"), the Cyclist Rogue's base consists of Hangar One raspberry-infused vodka, St. Germain, Chartreuse, and Peychaud's Bitters. Honey syrup and lemon juice provide enough sweetness to round out the sharper liquor and herb flavors, and a top-off of lager brings the glass to a head. The exact type of beer used in the Cyclist Rogue will vary depending what's on tap to best suit the drink, but Lord Hobo's goal is to use a mellower lager without many distracting hop notes, like a pilsner (for this review, the bartender employed Victory's exceptional Braumeister Harvest Pils). The end result is a masterfully tempered and balanced beer cocktail. A summertime original, the Cyclist Rogue does a damn fine job of satisfying the craft-beer-and-cocktail palate. 

Neil Patch

[Lord Hobo, 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge | 617.250.8454 | lordhobo.com]

ALSO TRY: Blackberry Apple Julep (Maker's Mark muddled with blackberries, apple, and mint) at KO PRIME; Shanghai Street Sangria (plum sake, Lillet Rouge, Bacardi Dragon Berry, Ciroc Red Berry, fresh fruit, and Hennessy Black) at RED LANTERN; Hits of Sunshine (elderflower liqueur, raspberry purée, and sparkling wine) at UPSTAIRS ON THE SQUARE.

>>READ: "A beginner's guide to the city's best heat-beating drinks," by Cassandra Landry<<

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