Today we are inspired by our very own OneManBlitz. He fired this shot across the bow during his invasion of southern Oklahoma last night:
I'm gonna' do a preemptive strike for S.N.O.T.
Revolver brand of beer, their Blood And Honey beer….OMGZ, I JUST FELL IN LOVE.
At the Grand Luxe restaurant in Dallas Galleria, with the wife and kids…just what the doctor ordered.
American Wheat Ale – ABV: 7% IBU: 20An
Unfiltered deep golden ale made with malted two row barley and wheat. The brew is finished with Blood Orange zest, local Fall Creek Farms Honey and other spices that bring special flavors to this unique beer.
This combined with the week I had, which included an unpleasant eye injury leaving me with just one good eye heading into the weekend (like a pirate: "ARGGH!"), had me thinking that it is time to revisit the popular Captain's Log theme of sharing recipes. We need a drink to fit the Battle Red theme as well...what to do...what to do...aha!
Let's get some recipes for a Battle Red Eye drink!
First, we must consider existing references:
Classic Red Eye Recipe
1 oz vodka
While I am personally not a huge fan of a lot of Tom Cruise movies, I will give credit to the 80's film "Cocktail;" it contained some of the best coordinated bottle-work I have ever seen behind a bar. I wish there were trendy bars in Houston that would showcase talent like this once in a while. Then again, it would just take that much longer to get my drink order, so never mind. We'll leave it to Hollywood for such things:
This beer and tomato juice blend doesn't sound all that appetizing to be honest. Also, J.J. Watt doesn't eat raw eggs since the team nutritionist won't allow players to risk getting sick from salmonella poisoning, even though he has been going through a "Rocky" lifestyle preparing for this year. So what to do? Well, we went into the Battle Red Test Kitchen to formulate a cocktail that would work around the same name, but would lean heavier toward the ever popular versions of an enhanced bloody mary.
Now I'm all for pageantry to celebrate things like watching our Houston Texans play football, or just waking up alive after a riotous night of cards, dancing, or whatever keeps you up past your normal bedtime, I have to draw the line when people take the garnishment of cocktails to ridiculous levels. I mean, at some point I actually do want to get to the beverage!
That being said, there are two things I don't risk: I don't ever rifle through a woman's purse, even if it's my wife, mother or sister who sent me on a confusing and often perilous journey with full permission to do so; and I don't get between bloody mary connoisseurs and their choice of vodka, mix and/or garnishments. On that note, PLEASE feel free to substitute to your heart's content with your preference of bloody mary mix, brand of vodka, and various garnishments. Here is the recipe we came up with as the flavor of choice in this death valley, summer doldrums, of the Texans' offseason:
Battle Red Eye - Bloody Mary
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, or to taste
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco Habanero)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vodka (recommended: Titos)
When ready to serve:
There's a drink you can be proud to enjoy this evening, or perhaps tomorrow during a nice summer brunch! Share your favorite bloody mary recipe, a favorite beer you may have recently discovered (like OMB did last night), or another adult beverages you like to enjoy in the comments below. The floor is open for your comments on this lovely Saturday, and as always, be mindful of our community guidelines.