An Authentic Michelada is a refreshing beer cocktail, perfect for a hot summer day! A Michelada is the Latin American version of the classic Bloody Mary.
“Hey Michelada you’re so fine, you blow my mind! Hey Michelada!” – See what I did there? I’m so clever. That is the great thing about Micheladas, the more you drink, the more clever you get. Just ask Hemmingway. Well, actually Hemmingway drank Mojitos, but it’s my website, so I get creative license.
What is a Michelada
The Michelada is a popular beer cocktail from Latin America. As often happens with regional cuisine, it will vary slightly from one area to the next. I would argue this Michelada recipe is an authentic Mexican Michelada, however, recipes can vary even within the country. As such, simply saying it is an authentic Latin American Michelada should appease most nitpickers.
If you have never tried a Michelada, it is basically the Mexican version of a Bloody Mary. However, Clamato juice is often used in place of tomato juice, and a cerveza is used rather than vodka. The result is a lighter, more refreshing drink that is considerably lower in alcohol. If you like Mexican cuisine, this is a must try! Make it a heartier drink by serving it with cold shrimp over the rim as a garnish for a true meal in a glass!
The best beer for any Michelada recipe is typically a Mexican cerveza such a Corona or Modelo. Corona Extra or Light would be perfect, as would Modelo Especial. These are not the only beers you can use, but they are some of the most readily available.
You are welcome to use any salt for the rim of your glass, however, I used a spicy sea salt and it really added a nice touch. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
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Authentic Michelada – Beer Cocktail
- 1 1/2 cups beer (recommend Corona or Modela)
- 1 1/2 cups clamato
- 1/4 cup lime juice (~2 limes)
- 2 tsp worchestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp maggi or soy sauce
- fresh ground pepper
- salt for rim
- Add all ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine.
- Wet rims of glasses and dip in salt.
- Pour micheladas into glasses, dust with fresh ground pepper, garnish with lime slice if desired, and enjoy.
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