Michelada Bloody Mary

Elevate your brunch game with our Michelada Bloody Mary, a delightful fusion of tangy citrus, light beer, and Tequila Blanco. It’s a crowd-pleaser for garden parties and social brunches!

A salt-rimmed glass of Michelada Bloody Mary topped with olives and lime wedges.

Bloody Marys play a pretty big role in my life. When my friends and I go out for breakfast, we don’t choose restaurants based on the quality of their breakfast menu. We choose based on the quality of their Bloody Marys. Bonus points if they have a build-your-own bar!

Two glasses of Michelada Bloody Mary.

Even more bonus points if they come with enough garnishes that you don’t even need to order an actual breakfast. I mean, the drinks have tomato juice, which is a very healthy, fiber-loaded vegetable, so I don’t see anything wrong with making these into a meal.

What is Michelada Bloody Mary?

The Michelada Bloody Mary, a fusion of the classic Bloody Mary and the Mexican Michelada, is a distinctive cocktail. Traditionally, a Bloody Mary mix combines vodka, tomato juice (clamato juice), and spices, while a Michelada uses beer, lime juice, and sauces distinctively served in a glass with a salt rim.

Often enhanced with hot sauce and a Mexican lager, this drink brings a spicy kick and a refreshing twist. Originating in Mexico, the name “Michelada” is thought to be a portmanteau of “mi chela helada,” which translates to “my cold beer” in Spanish.

Reasons to Love This Cocktail

  • Bloody Mary has versatile flavors. It combines the savory depth with a light, refreshing taste of beer.
  • Its vibrant and rejuvenating qualities make it a favorite for brunch.
  • This Mexican cocktail strikes a delightful balance between the boldness of a Bloody Mary and the crisp refreshment of a beer cocktail.
  • This Michelada recipe is customizable. It’s easily adaptable to individual tastes with various spices, sauces, and garnishes.

Recipe Ingredients

A salt-rimmed glass of Michelada Bloody Mary with Mexican light beer and Worcestershire sauce in the background.
  • Vegetable Juice: Serves as the base of the cocktail and provides a rich, savory flavor.
  • Orange Juice: Adds a sweet, citrusy note to the drink.
  • Lime Juice: Contributes a sharp, tangy zest.
  • Tequila Blanco: Offers a smooth yet distinct kick and elevates the cocktail’s complexity.
  • Light Mexican Beer: Such as Corona, Pacifico, or Sol adds a bubbly, refreshing element to the drink.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Light Mexican Beer Options: Substitute the light Mexican beer with Dos Equis, Tecate, or Modelo Especial. These beers offer a similarly light and refreshing flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Variation: If you want to add a spicy kick to your Michelada Bloody Mary, swap Worcestershire sauce for hot sauce. Some good options are Tabasco, Tapatio, Cholula, or Louisiana-style hot sauce.

How to Make Michelada Bloody Mary

Step #1: Combine the vegetable juice, orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and beer in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice cubes and carefully secure the lid.*

Step #2: Shake the contents vigorously for at least 30 seconds, or until the beer goes flat.

Step #3: Strain the contents of the shaker and pour equally into two serving glasses filled with fresh ice.

Step #4: Add Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to your liking. Garnish as desired.

A glass of Michelada Bloody Mary.

Expert Tips

  • If You Prefer Some Beer Bubbles: Pour the beer last to create a layered effect in the glass, then gently stir to mix.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to garnish a Michelada Bloody Mary?

Traditional garnishes include lime wedges, olives, celery sticks, and even cheese cubes, but feel free to get creative based on your preferences.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Absolutely! Replace the beer and tequila with non-alcoholic versions or simply omit them for a virgin Michelada Bloody Mary.

How do I make a salt and chili rim for the glass?

To create a salt and chili rim, simply mix equal parts of coarse salt or celery salt and chili powder. Then, wet the rim of the glass and dip it into the mixture for an extra kick.

Storage Info

Michelada Bloody Mary is best enjoyed fresh. If you have leftover ingredients like vegetable juice or citrus juices, store them separately in the refrigerator and use them within 2-3 days.

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Michelada Bloody Mary served in a glass.

Michelada Bloody Mary Recipe

Elevate your brunch game with our Michelada Bloody Mary, a delightful fusion of tangy citrus, light beer, and Tequila Blanco. It's a crowd-pleaser for garden parties and social brunches!
4.6 from 25 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium V8 Vegetable Juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice - about ½ an orange
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice - about ½ a lime
  • 2 ounces tequila blanco
  • 4 ounces light Mexican beer - such as Corona, Pacifico, or Sol
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garnishes: Lime wedges - olives, jalapenos, celery sticks, cheese cubes, etc.
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Instructions

  • Combine the vegetable juice, orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and beer in a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice cubes and carefully secure the lid.*
  • Shake the contents vigorously for at least 30 seconds, or until the beer goes flat.
  • Strain the contents of the shaker and pour equally into two serving glasses filled with fresh ice.
  • Add Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to your liking. Garnish as desired.

NOTES

If you are worried about getting a tight seal on your shaker, try using a mason jar instead.
Michelada Bloody Mary is best enjoyed fresh. If you have leftover ingredients like vegetable juice or citrus juices, store them separately in the refrigerator and use them within 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.03g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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