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.