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Clamatos La Changada puts beef jerky in your drink

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The Clamato combo de carne y camaron is a $10 foam cup filled with an iced, house-tweaked Clamato juice, a trio of shrimp, and a fanning of thin jalapeño beef jerky. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The Clamato combo de carne y camaron is a $10 foam cup filled with an iced, house-tweaked Clamato juice, a trio of shrimp, and a fanning of thin jalapeño beef jerky.

Clamatos La Changada
638 S. Academy Blvd., 337-1599, see Facebook page

Now 2 years old, our Clamatos La Changada has split off from its Denver progenitor (which launched two years prior) says the employee who takes my order at the register and disappears to make my Clamato combo de carne y camaron, a $10 foam cup filled with an iced, house-tweaked Clamato juice, a trio of shrimp, and a fanning of thin jalapeño beef jerky.

Think of a non-alcoholic spicy bloody mary with a surf ’n turf garnish instead of the typical vegetal adornment. (On that note: Consider taking one home and adding your own vodka or tequila after you eat the protein off the top.) She says they add Tajín, soy sauce and other seasonings to the tomato juice, many of which sink to the bottom, making straw sips that plunge deep particularly chile-forward — not a bad thing if you’re a spice head. Despite the moisture-sucking beef leather, also available in a plain and slightly spicier chile de arbol flavor, the whole affair rates pretty refreshing, as the viscous liquid washes the palate with a stinging acidity.

Though I feel like an idiot when I later realize that for $2 more I could have gotten a larger portion of either the shrimp (what I’d prefer) or beef, but the menu’s all in Spanish so at a glance I missed it. I confess that, like a child, I’ve also become distracted by the business’ cheery monkey face logo, ‘cuz hey, simian mirth.



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