Mexico’s Chelada Beer Cocktail Will Change Your Summer

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This chelada beer cocktail is so refreshing with just a hint of saltiness to keep you cool this summer.

Remember the year that all the mass produced beer came out with the genius idea to add lime to beer.

Well Mexicans had already been doing it for eons, and with better quality ingredients. And then serving them with mexican antojitos or Mayan sikil pak.

Like the Bloody Mary in the United States or the Canadian Caesar drink, the Mexican chelada is considered a hangover cure. 

In Oaxaca, Chelada beer cocktail are sueros and in some places it’s called michelada chilena or Chilean micheladas.

Whatever you call them, they are delicious in the summer.

Cerveza Preparada – The Original Beer Cocktail

Both the chelada is a cerveza preparada, which essentially means prepared beer or beer cocktails.  Mexico has the some of the best beer cocktails around the world.

Other Mexican beer cocktails include: 

  • Chamochela
  • Chavela
  • Michegomita
  • Clamato con Chela
  • Michelada con Clamato
  • Ojo Rojo (red eye)
Two glasses of beer cocktail with salt rim

Chelada vs Michelada

In some regions cheladas are called micheladas and that can be confusing as they are two different drinks. 

A michelada is a prepared darker beer such as Modelo Negro with Clamato or tomato juice along with hot sauces, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, salt and lime

MAKE IT AT HOME:  Easy Michelada Recipe

A chelada beer drink is simpler, it uses a light lager (like Modelo Especial) and lime juice in a rimmed glass.

It is not spicy.

Both are garnished with a lime wedge.

People say that the name comes from chela helada, chela is a slang word for blond – so it means frosty blond meaning frosty beer, and was shortened to chelada

Classic Chelada Recipe

As this chelada beer cocktail only has three ingredients you need to ensure they are high quality:

  1. A cold, light beer cerveza clara. Chilling the glass also helps. 
  2. Fresh lime juice, not bottled lime juice. Juice it in advance to chill it.
  3. Coarse sea salt (I like this inexpensive one) but I actually prefer a twist with a bit of tajin seasoning

Purists say that ice should not be added as the beer and lime juice are cold. Also ice dilutes the flavour.

But on a hot summer day that beer isn’t staying cold and I don’t like people telling me how to drink my beer.

Chelada Beer Cocktail

Chelada Beer Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This chelada beer cocktail is so refreshing with just a hint of saltiness to keep you cool this summer.


  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt
  • 12oz light Mexican beer such as Modelo Especial


  1. Take a lime wedge and run it along the rim of a glass. 
  2. Put salt on a small plate and twist glass rim onto it so that salt sticks to it. 
  3. Add lime juice, then a pinch of sea salt then beer, 
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Margaret VanBlarcom says:

    Looks sooo refreshing … it’s now on my summertime fun list. Thanks!!

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