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In a restaurant on the West Side of Crabtown, for brunches, we used to serve a “Bloody Baltimore”: Rolling Rock, tomato juice, some spices and a stalk of celery.
I always thought it was because the owners didn’t have a “real” liquor license… just wine and beer.
Facility was in more of an artist’s neighborhood, at least until they tore down a few highrises a couple blocks away, to “end the cycle of poverty”–and in the process “destabilized” several surrounding areas.
It’s very Canadian… makes a hell of a breakfast drink (Morning After edition). On Saturday afternoon I drank draft with 11 other guys, and 6 of us were pouring Clamato into it (quarter to a half-inch is plenty). Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. :)
It’s called a Michelada (beer, tomato juice, lime, salt and tabasco). I agree it sounds terrible and I wouldn’t try it already mixed together from a can, but it is a tasty drink. It’s also perfect for a hangover.
A friend of mine’s father is the Budweiser distributor for the area we’re from, so I had the “privilege” of drinking some of these way back in December. I didn’t have to pay for it, and I still turned it down after number two.
As a teetotaler, I’m entirely unqualified to comment about the putative merits of various brands of beer. But I should report that I saw this dire concoction on sale in Boise, Idaho (hardly a bellwether community for consumer trends) about three weeks ago, and it provoked a huge double-take from me. It was also proudly displayed at several convenience stores I visited during a recent trip to L.A. So the plague is already spreading,
An older name (for beer and tomato juice) is “Red Eye”.
Sunday morning eye opener after the Saturday night before.
In the mid 80s I had a few people who would drink it at a bar just down the road from where Radley lives, in Old Town. Pour a shot of Bloody Mary mix into a draft beer….and that’s where the clam juice comes from, some bars do add that the the BM mix.
I alway make them on my Fall surf fishing trip up to the outer banks. We call it a red eye, or just plain old “breakfast drink”. It usually consists of V8 juice and whatever rot-gut beer we have in mass quantity in the coolers. I guess that when you spend 4 days straight with a beer in your hand during every waking moment, you come up with creative new ways to drink it. It does make that first 7AM beer go down more smoothly.
[…] Radley had an encounter with Budweiser mixed with Clamato in a grocery store. I had the altogether more unpleasant experience of finding some in my refrigerator. Yay roommates. Posted on Jun 26 2008 in City Life Tags: budweiser, clamato, roommates […]
You know, the last time I drank a Bud (and it was a long time ago) I actually told my friends, “you know what would make this taste better? Tomato. How could you serve this to me plain like this, pour some ketchup in there!”
J/K, of course. This sounds nasty (I hate tomato juice, it’s one of the very, very few things that I will not eat/drink).