I discovered The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu while browsing The Inn at Little Washington gift store, forever associating the book with the experience.

The Language of Food isn't part of Tequila Mockingbird; thus, adherence to the stated Reading, Writing, Drinking, Writing protocol is not required.

The book had a drink recipe I wanted to try. So I did. And here it is.


  • 1 1/4 oz fresh squeezed key lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp teaspsoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chamoy (fruity chili sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maggi
  • 1 Negra Modelo or Pacifico
  • Ice cubes in a tall glass
  • Mexican chili lime powder (like Tajín) for the glass rim

Rub a lime around the rim of a tall chilled glass and then dip the rim in chili lime powder. In a small jar or shaker, mix the rest of the ingredients, add to the glass with ice, and top with beer.

Highly Pretentious Tasting Notes and Impressions:

  • A Bloody Mary of the beer variety.
  • Tangy.
  • Not bad but not my pint of beer.

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