Friday, September 12, 2008

Audience Participation: Beer Cocktails

One of the blogs that I check in on frequently is based out of San Francisco. Some guy named Joe. He likes to drink beer. Apparently he is taking a food writing course (how ambitious! I, believe it or not, have a book about food writing that I've skimmed on occasion, otherwise, we're free-ballin' here boys and girls!). During the course of the course (how's that for an awkward, "see I'm not really a writer", sentence!) he found a recipe for a beer cocktail called a Redeye.

For those of you familiar with the redeye, I'm sure you see where I'm going with this. For those of you unfamiliar with the redeye, it is a pint glass with a salted lime rim and one part tomato-water to four parts beer. I'm not familiar with "tomato water", but with tomato juice this is called, yep, a Chelada.

Now, I've never heard of this drink prior to probably a year ago. And, now we have two names for it, some confirmed dabbling in said black arts, and a grotesque mass-production bringing it into the public eye. What is this world coming to?

So, this raises, at least in my mind, a question. Maybe I'M the weird one. Maybe the whole world is in on the whole beer cocktail thing. What other outlandish cocktails exist that I am oblivious to? Do people really drink these things?

Inquiring minds want to know.

8 comments:

  1. I've seen no fewer than three articles in mainstream men's publications (GQ, that kind of stuff) in the last few years covering beer cocktails. A lot of 'em use Guinness, but some don't.

    Also, tomato water is not tomato juice. (see: this)

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  2. The strangest one i've heard of was to take a malty/sweet but not too dark ale (a maibock is ideal) and add one full tablespoon of tobasco sauce. I've never had the courage to try it out, but I was told it's actually quite good.

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  3. ...and by ale I actually meant lager...

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  4. I dont like many beer cocktails, nor do I really like Guiness, but I have been known to order a Black Velvet (equal parts guiness and champange). They're delicious.

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  5. I don't think someone could force me to drink the Bud Chelada - oh my it sounds bad. I have been interested in beer cocktails for a little while - its a play with your drink/food kinda thing. So far some combinations are really surprisingly good while others just suck - one i really liked was French biters and Czechvar.

    Oh and yeah tomato water is a lot lighter then tomato juice usually is - just the liquid no pulp or skin - I'm learning!

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  6. Does Brasserie V's beer floats count? A little vanilla ice cream in your Lindemans Frambois makes for a good treat that maybe you shouldn't share with the kids.

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  7. Correct me if I'm wrong, please, but I've always referred to this recipe as a bloody beer. A proper Red Eye requires a raw egg dropped into it a bloody beer, or so I've always believed.

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  8. Chris - i think it is a difference in naming - with cocktails i get the impression that everyone names drinks whatever they want - the book i got the recipe from was The Ultimate Bar Book - there the red eye has no egg in it. They have a bloody brew also which has vodka, Tabasco and then tomato juice and beer. I know i have heard of a red eye with an egg in it - i remember in the movie Cocktail the older guy makes a red eye with a raw egg. I got to brave that drink one day.

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