The Michaelada is known as a hangover cure in Mexico but it’s also just a great beer cocktail.
When I first visited Mexico seven years ago one of my favorite drinks was the michelada.
Also called chelada in some regions, it is basically Mexico’s hangover cure like Canada’s Caesar or America’s Bloody Mary. There’s something about tomato juice that just makes you feel better.
However, our Canadian caesar calls for Clamato juice, which is clam plus tomato juice.
I know it sounds terrible but I think the clam mostly brings a saltiness to the drink, much like anchovies do on a pizza.
However, the only other country I have seen Clamato juice is Mexico, and that’s because they use it in the michelada recipe.
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There’s only so much drinking you can do in the day so we showed up for every possible class on the resort.
We woke up for the morning aqua aerobics and afternoon salsa classes. But one of my favourites was the bartending class.
I’m always up for a good drink.
Our instructor Erik originally offered up showing us how to make a margarita.
But I know that cocktail hands down from working in a hostel bar in Cusco. So I asked for the recipe for the michelada.
He gave us a tame recipe that is considered the base and most common in this region.
Personally, I like a bit more spice in my drink, which apparently is more common in Guadalajara.
What I love about this beer cocktail is that the michelada is SO versatile.
If you prefer a light beer like me you can have that. Or if you prefer a dark stout go for it.
When you order a beer in Mexico you just choose the beer and for an additional piece they’ll make it a chelada or a michelada.
It makes for a great hangover cure with the Clamato juice and a little beer the next day never hurts.
The Michelada beer cocktail is perfect for sunny afternoons when you want something more than just a beer. And let’s pretend it’s healthy because of the tomato juice.
- 1 glass rimmed with salt or celery salt or Tajin seasoning
- 1 light Mexican beer
- 1/2 cup Clamato juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1.5 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (aka salsa ingles)
- Mix together and serve.
Hot sauce works well here, just throw in as much as you'd like.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 123Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 52158mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 2g
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