Ay Ay, Red Eye

3 Jul

IMG00302The Caesar may have been created here 30 years ago by Westin Hotel bar manager Walter Chell, but you can bet we’ll be enjoying a few Red Eyes while watching the chucks.

Just add clamato juice to beer (up to half and half, but we prefer a 1:4 ratio) and there you have a Calgary Red Eye.

This year, after reading the New York Times piece about the comeback of the beer cocktail, we took the Red Eye to a new level. We enhanced our beer with a Caesar: half beer, half vodka-spiked Clamato. Beesar? Be careful, they pack a wallop.

Another Stampede libation making the rounds in backyards everywhere is the Beergarita. Somewhat vile sounding, it’s undeniably refreshing on a scorching day. A good welcome wagon drink, also.

In Chicago, the beergarita — a margarita amplified by Flemish sour ale and framboise — is popular at Small Bar.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/01/dining/01cocktail.html?ref=dining

Beergarita is a cousin to our favourite Victoria Day long weekend staple, Skip and Go Naked (pink lemonade, gin, and beer).

Beergarita
1 (12 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
6 ounces tequila (half the limeade can)
3 (12 ounce) cans lager beer
Lots of ice

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. If you’re ambitious, you could put the whole works into a blender for frozen margaritas. But. Honestly. It’s Stampede and we don’t have a minute to spare. Old school ice cubes work wonders, especially for watering down too-sweet limeade.

And don’t feel guilty about using pedestrian canned limeade for this rather than concocting juice with fresh (key!) limes. Save your money for the casino and get off your high horse.

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