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    Red Eye (Red Beer)

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    JanuaryBride's Note:

    This is one my favorites. . .can't believe it wasn't already on here! Quite popular in South Dakota for sure. It's best with Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Old Style, Natural Light. This is a super versatile recipe; drink it as is, add in a little olive juice (call it a poor man's martini), or add a dash or two of Tobasco.

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    • 2 ounces tomato juice (you may increase to 4 oz if you like yours a bit thicker as I do)
    • 12 ounces beer
    • seasoning salt (may sub celery salt)
    • twist lime (optional)
    • olive (to garnish)


    1. 1
      Pour tomato juice followed by beer in a chilled mug.
    2. 2
      Throw in a pinch of salt and a twist of lime (if using).
    3. 3
      Garnish with olives and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 04, 2010


      Ordered a Corona at a little hole in the wall Mexican food joint in Seattle not too long ago and this is how they served it. I wasn't expecting it, so it was a little weird at first, like when you think you're drinking tea and taste soda, if that makes sense. Once I realized that there was tomato juice in my beer, it was really good, and this is actually how I prefer lighter beers now. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

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    • on October 20, 2009


      Must be an upper midwest favorite, it is also popular in Minnesota. I actually make mine to imitate a bloody mary, just with beer instead of vodka. Just delicious!

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    • on August 11, 2009


      This is LOTS better with V8 juice, and a squeeze of lime, or made with the new lime flavored beers. A dash of Louisiana Hot Sauce and a sprinkle of salt perks it up, too. (The salt will make the beer foam, so leave room in your glass!). The recipe orginated in Wichita Falls, TX at a "hole in the wall" barbeque joint, The Bar-L Drive-In, back in the 30's or 40's, and draw beer (beer on tap) is the beer of choice.The Bar-L is still there, and open for business (and makes the best ribs in the State of Texas!).

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Eye (Red Beer)

    Serving Size: 1 (641 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 163.1
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 170.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 2.0 g

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