Smoky and Spicy Mexican Red Beer

When you need a change from a traditional bloody mary, these Smoky and Spicy Mexican Red Beers will totally fit the bill!

Dish Count – 1 Pitcher
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It’s the worst kept secret that I used to be a competitive lumberjack in college. Hanging out with a bunch of burly, rough, backwoods lumberjack types taught me a lot, from how to weild an axe with some grace (meaning I didn’t chop off any toes), to how to love red beer.

One night, on a typical Thursday night out, we all loaded up and went across the border to Idaho, which was 8 miles from my university, to a cinderblock built bar on the outskirts of town, and there it happened – I was introduced to red beer.
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It looked utterly frightening, beer mixed with V8, but from then on it’s been one of my favorites in my beer drinking repertoire. This smokey and spicy Mexican Red Beer, is loaded with fresh cilantro for freshness, Chipotle Tabasco for that smokiness that we all love. And do not forget the lime!

Ben and I loved this with Pacifico, it’s our favorite Mexican beer. Be sure to give this a try for your spring holidays. It’s fresh, spicy, zesty and fun. Make it in a pitcher for a crowd!

Yield: 2 - Easy to Multiply

Smoky and Spicy Mexican Red Beer


1 Pacifico, or other Mexican Beer

1 cup Spicy V8 or Tomato Juice

1/4 tsp Chipotle Tabasco Sauce


Cilantro, minced and for garnish

Sea Salt



In a pitcher, gently mix together the Pacifico beer, V8 juice, Chipotle Tabasco sauce, and a squeeze of lime. Add more Tabasco to your taste, if desired.

In two large glasses, use a slice of lime to run around the rims of the glasses. Dredge the rims of the glasses in sea salt to add a little flair.

Pour the Red Beer into the glasses, and garnish with a wedge of lime, and stalks of cilantro. Float minced cilantro on top of the red beer for extra freshness.