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August 23, 2021

The Best Michelada Recipe

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A large mason jar filled with a Michelada cocktail, lime wedge and celery stick

THE PERFECT MEXICAN MICHELADA RECIPE

Football season is just around the corner! Raise a glass in celebration with this easy, authentic Michelada recipe. Made with light Mexican beer, freshly squeezed lime juice, hot sauce, a combination of spices and your favorite garnishments – this cocktail will be a winner with all of your guests.

Staying in? A cold, authentic Michelada pairs perfectly with one of our family’s favorite pasta recipes – One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta!

There are a number of different variations you can make to this classic Michelada recipe, as well. We will walk you through just a few of our favorites below.

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A large bottle of Clamato and two bottles of Corona beer for a Michelada recipe.

WHAT IS A MICHELADA?

If you’re not familiar with Micheladas, then let me enlighten you a little bit. Michelada is one of the most popular beer cocktails in Mexico and Latin America. An authentic Michelada is basically a beer and mix drink that gets its name from Mexican president Michel Ángeles (a.k.a Miguel Alemán Velasco).

Micheladas have been around for centuries but didn’t really gain notoriety until the 1940s when the Ex-President Michel Ángeles was elected to office. He became very popular by promoting his Micheladas to everyone he met!

For those that don’t know Michelada is basically a beer (Mexican lager) mixed with lime juice, a pinch of salt, tomato juice and other spices. The good thing is you can replace the lager for any kind of beer (even Micheladas).

If you’re looking to have a Michelada recipe that’s really authentic then I recommend using Modelo Especial or Corona Light. It’s the perfect beef cocktail for Cinco de Mayo, too!

MICHELADA INGREDIENTS

  • Authentic Mexican Lager or Light Beer – As mentioned above, we recommend choosing Modelo Especial, Corona or Tecate. You can make it with any light American beer, as well, it just won’t be the same.
  • Clamato Juice or Tomato Juice – for this mexican Michelada recipe we used Clamato Juice, but you are welcome to add any tomato juice of your chosing. Prefer to omit Clamato Juice all thogether? No problem! Feel free to add just a dash or omit entirely.
  • Worchestershire sauce– This is pretty important! A few dashes will add realy depth of flavor.
  • Soy sauce– You can make a Michelada recipe without soy sauce, but if you really want to make your Micheladas taste authentic then this is the ingredient for you. You can also use Maggi sauce or maggi seasoning, if preferred.
  • Hot Sauce – Another essential Michelada ingredient. We typically choose Valentina or Tabasco.
  • Lime juice – As we mention below, we highly recommend using fresh juiced lime as opposed to bottled.
  • Tajin Seasoning – for the rim of the glass!
  • Garnish – have fun with this step! There are so many great garnishments you can add to your Michelada recipe. We like to add pickles, shrimp cocktail, lime wedges, sweet peppers, celery, cheese cubes, beef rounds, sea salt and so much more!
  • Ice cubes

MEXICAN MICHELADA RECIPE ESSENTIALS

One large pitcher filled with beer and Michelada mix.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT MICHELADA RECIPE

After trying out different Michelada recipes over the years, here are some tips that will help you make an amazing Michelada cocktail at home:

1) Use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of bottled ones. It just tastes better!

2) If you want to spice it up a bit then add some jalapeno slices too!

3) The best Michelada mix is Clamato in my opinion (a Mexican mix of clam juice and tomato juice).

4) It’s a michelada recipe so make sure to add sea salt and Tajin seasoning!

5) Ice-cold light Mexican beer is always better!

A large mason jar dipped in salt and Tajin seasoning for a Michelada recipe

HOW TO MAKE A MICHELADA

FOR THE RIM

Combine sea salt and Tajin seasoning on a small plate. Rub the lime along the edge of your beer glass then dip the rim of the glass into your salt and Tajin seasoning.

FOR THE MICHELADA

Fill the glass with ice. Pour in lime juice, tomato juice or Clamato Juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, light beer and stir until well combined.

Garnish your Michelada with a lime wedge, celery sticks, shrimp, cheese cubes, pickles and more!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHELADA AND A MICHELADA?

A Michelada is a popular Tex-Mex and Mexican beer recipe, made with Mexican lager beer, spices such as chili powder or hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt, garlic powder and lemon juice or lime juice.

To explain the difference between a Chelada recipe and Michelada I’m going to use the  Wikipedia definition: The main differences between these two beer cocktails are the addition of clamato in Cheladas as well as some extra spices.

Micheladas usually keep it simple but their sister drink adds more tomatoes which makes them taste more like salsa than Micheladas do. Personally, I prefer a tasty authentic Michelada but that’s just me!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AND BLOODY MARY AND A MICHELADA?

The difference between a Mexican bloody mary and an authentic Michelada recipe is bloody marys are typically made with vodka while a Michelada is made with light beer. However, you cannot go wrong with either of these delicious brunch cocktails.

A large mason jar filled with a Michelada cocktail, lime wedge and celery stick

WHAT’S THE BEST BEER FOR MICHELADA RECIPES?

The best beer for a Michelada is a pale ale or lager, which are lighter and more refreshing than the stouts and porters that many people think of when they consider Michelada (it could be due to the fact that most places serve Micheladas in a large beer glass like a pint glasses ). However, if you want to add some spice to your Michelada, try adding hot sauce.

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Large mason jar filled with a Mexican Michelada recipe

The Best Michelada Recipe

5 from 4 votes
A delicious, authentic Michelada recipe made with wholesome ingredients.
SERVES/MAKES: 1 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

FOR THE RIM

  • Combine sea salt and Tajin seasoning on a small plate. Rub the lime along the edge of your beer glass then dip the rim of the glass into your salt and Tajin seasoning.

FOR THE MICHELADA

  • Fill the glass with ice. Pour in lime juice, tomato juice or Clamato Juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, light beer and stir until well combined.
  • Garnish your Michelada with a lime wedge, celery sticks, shrimp, cheese cubes, pickles and more!

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