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This refreshing Michelada recipe is based on tomato juice, beer, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and hot sauce. It’s the perfect cocktail for brunch or anytime you need to freshen up with something with a little extra flavor!
Say hello to the best Mexican beer cocktail: the Michelada! It’s light, refreshing, and made with a touch of hot sauce. My kind of drink.
I made and photographed this Michelada recipe when my husband was out of town, so naturally I ended up drinking both glasses. Whoops! I didn’t want to be a waste and have to throw away one or the other. I was just doing the right thing if you think about it. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
If you’ve never heard of a Michelada before, you may be wondering…
What is a michelada?
A michelada is a popular Mexican beer cocktail made with tomato juice, beer, spices, and hot sauce.
It’s a refreshing drink that’s often compared to the Bloody Mary cocktail because they’re both served at brunch, advertised as hangover cures, and both have that tomato quality.
Michelada, on the other hand, is mixed with Mexican beer instead of vodka.
- Tomato juice (or Clamato juice)
- lime juice
- English sauce
- Soy sauce
- Hot sauce (such as Tabasco, Tapatio, or Cholula)
- mexican lager
- Tagine dressing (or chili powder if you don’t have any)
Tomato juice or clamato juice?
Many Michelada recipes include either tomato juice or Clamato juice, and some recipes use neither, opting only for hot sauce and other condiments.
My personal preference is to use a spicy tomato juice or even a spicy Bloody Mary mix because it adds even more flavor to the drink and doesn’t dilute the flavor like Clamato juice.
That said, the drink is traditionally made with Clamato juice, a tomato juice cocktail made with tomato juice, spices, and clam juice.
What you decide to use is really up to you and what you prefer!
How to make a michelada
- Salt the edge: Run a lemon wedge around the rim of a beer glass and dip it into the salt and tagine. Fill the glass halfway with ice cubes.
- Add the ingredients: Add the tomato or clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and hot sauce.
- Add the beer: Top it off with your favorite Mexican beer. Mix, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
What is the best beer for micheladas?
Light and refreshing Mexican lagers like Corona Extra, Sol, Tecate, Pacifico, and Modelo Especial are the best beers to use when making Micheladas.
What is the best hot sauce for micheladas?
Some good options are Tabasco, Tapatío, Cholula, or Louisiana-style hot sauce. It depends on personal preference!
What is the difference between a chelada and a michelada?
A Michelada is a beer cocktail that is often mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, lime juice, and other condiments such as Worcestershire sauce.
A chelada is a much simpler Mexican drink made with just beer, lime juice, and salt.
Preparation: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This refreshing Michelada recipe is based on tomato juice, beer, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and hot sauce.
Mix the salt and the Tajín seasoning in a deep plate. Run a lemon wedge along the rim of two pint glasses, then dip the glasses into the salt mixture to coat the rim.
Fill both glasses halfway with ice cubes.
Evenly divide tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and hot sauce among each glass.
Top both glasses evenly with beer, garnish with lime wedges, and serve.
- Be sure to taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking! I prefer my Michelada extra spicy, so I always add a lot of hot sauce.
- Plain tomato juice or any flavored variety will work. Spicy Hot V8 Tomato Juice is my favorite for micheladas. You can also use Clamato juice. You can even use a spicy Bloody Mary mix!
Serving Size: 1 Drink Calories: 106kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g Monounsaturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 692mg (29%) Potassium: 94mg (3%) Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 200IU (4%) Vitamin C: 14mg (17%) Calcium: 10mg ( 1% ) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)