Red Eye (Red Beer)

READY IN: 3mins
Recipe by jenne

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.

Top Review by Queen Roachie

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!

Ingredients Nutrition

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

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a