Monday, 28 March 2011
“Une Desperados, s’il vous plait.” I am in an anonymous bar in the center of Paris with a large group of people. A friend of mine and I have just chosen at random a beer from the menu that we have never seen before.
We are expecting it to come in big pint glasses the way our friends’ beers have been served. Instead, we are staring down the barrel of a dinky little 12 fluid ounce-sized bottle. She looks at me and I at her. Time to try it.
The next thing I know, I’m three Desperados in and yelling about the crepe I tried earlier that same day. “This beer is amazing,” she says to me. All I can do is nod fanatically, my eyes wide.
Let me tell you something about Desperados beer. It’s tequila flavored! Oh my god. I am a pretty big beer junkie—none of that Keystone Light college nonsense, but this stuff topped some of the best on tap I have ever had.
Don’t be so quick to run out and grab yourself a six-pack if you live in the U.S. My friends and I have tried to replicate it with “beergaritas.” It is so not the same. Americans have been searching for this beer for years, but it is nowhere to be found. The truth is, the United States doesn’t import it. Huge bummer. So, I say, next time you’re in Europe you better grab yourself an ice cold Desperados and find yourself on the beaches of Nice.
Does anybody know a great recipe to attempt to recreate the wonder that is Desperados? If you haven’t had it, what’s your favorite drink?