Micheladas: Spicy Mexican Red Beer

Sip into a world of flavor with Micheladas – the zesty blend of beer and tomato magic. This Mexican Beer packs a punch of spice, promising a refreshing treat!

Beer bottle inverted into the glass with Micheladas.

Crack open a cold one and get ready to dive into the world of Micheladas, the ultimate go-to drink for those who like their beer with a kick! It’s a refreshing blend of beer and tomato juice with just the right amount of spice. Micheladas offers a zesty and satisfying experience that’s perfect for any occasion.

Originating from Mexico, Micheladas have become a global sensation. So, if you’re in the mood for a beverage that’s part beer, part cocktail, and all-around awesome, grab yourself a Michelada – the unofficial drink of good times!

What is a Michelada?

A Michelada is a traditional Mexican cocktail made with beer, lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, and tomato juice. It’s often served in a chilled and salt-rimmed glass. It is a unique combination of savory, spicy, and tangy flavors. The name “Michelada” is believed to have originated from the phrase “mi chela helada,” where “chela” is a slang term for beer in Mexico, and “helada” means “iced” or “cold.” So, “Michelada” essentially means “my cold beer.”

As for “chelada,” this is a related but slightly different drink. A Chelada is simpler, typically made just with beer and lime juice, sometimes with salt added, and served in a similar manner. While a Michelada includes additional ingredients like tomato juice and spices, a Chelada is more about the refreshing combination of beer with the zesty lime flavor.

Reasons to Love this Cocktail

  • Micheladas offer a unique taste, combining beer, tomato juice, and spices, unlike any other cocktail.
  • The tomato juice in Micheladas gives a refreshing vibe.
  • Great for sharing with friends at gatherings.
  • The blend of savory, spicy, and sour flavors is perfectly balanced.
  • Many swear that Micheladas are a hangover cure. This is due to their combination of ingredients, which helps rehydrate the body.

Recipe Ingredients

Two large mugs of Micheladas on a table along with Michelada ingredients.
  • Tomato Juice: Acts as the savory base of the drink.
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice: Adds a refreshing and tangy flavor.
  • Hot Sauce: Provides the spicy kick typical of a Michelada.
  • Mexican Lager Beer: The essential alcoholic component that blends with the other flavors.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds depth and a unique umami flavor to the mix.

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

Variations

  • Clamato Juice: Substitute tomato juice with Clamato for a hint of seafood flavor.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Use instead of soy sauce for a more traditional savory touch.
  • Light Beer: Use a light beer for a lighter beer flavor.
  • Bloody Mary Mix: Use Bloody Mary mix instead of plain tomato juice for extra seasoning.
  • Rim Spice Options: Instead of the taco seasoning and salt, you can just use salt, or mix up salt and chili powder or Tajín for a tangy twist.

How to Make Micheladas

Step #1: Stir the taco seasoning mix and salt together in a shallow bowl until combined.

Step #2: Run a cut lime around the rim of two large (20-ounce or larger) serving glasses.

Step #3: One at a time, invert the glasses into the seasoned salt and wiggle them around until the rims are well coated.

Step #4: In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce, and soy sauce. Divide the mixture between the two prepared glasses. You can use this 26-ounce beer mug from Amazon.

Step #5: Top each with 1 cup of ice.

A mug containing tomato juice at the bottom and filled with ice.

Step #6: Remove the caps from the beer bottles. In one swift motion, invert one of the bottles into a prepared glass, pushing it down towards the bottom. Repeat with the second bottle and glass. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.

Inverted bottle of beer pushing towards the bottom of the glass with Michelada.

Expert Tip

For garnishes, in addition to the lime wheels, you can add cilantro, or jalapeños for extra flavor. You can also garnish with a tamarind straw.

A glass of Michelada with a lime on the rim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different types of beer to make Micheladas?

Absolutely! Modelo Especial, Tecate, Pacifico, and Corona are all popular Mexican lagers that work wonderfully in Micheladas. Each will bring its unique flavor profile to the drink, so feel free to experiment and find the one that best suits your taste.

Is a Michelada similar to a Bloody Mary?

The tomato juice and spices give it a similar flavor profile, but it uses beer instead of vodka.

Can I make a non-alcoholic Michelada?

Absolutely! Just replace the beer with a non-alcoholic beer or a soda like ginger ale for a similar taste experience.

How do I make a Michelada less acidic?

Reduce the lime juice and consider adding a sweet component like orange juice.

How do I get the salt to stick to the rim of the glass?

Run a lime wedge around the rim before dipping it into the salt or spice mix.

Storage Info

Micheladas are best enjoyed fresh and are not typically suited for long-term storage. If you find yourself with leftovers, you can store the tomato juice mixture (without beer) in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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A glass of Michelada with an inverted bottle of beer pushed to the bottom of the glass.

Micheladas Recipe: Spicy Mexican Red Beer

Micheladas are a delightfully simple beer cocktail known for their, shall we say, restorative properties. This spicy Mexican-style Red Beer will have you on your feet again in no time!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Old El Paso™ Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice - about 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 12 ounce bottles Mexican lager beers
  • 2 lime wheels

Instructions

  • Stir the taco seasoning mix and salt together in a shallow bowl until combined.
  • Run a cut lime around the rim of two large (20-ounce or larger) serving glasses.
  • One at a time, invert the glasses into the seasoned salt and wiggle them around until the rims are well coated.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce, and soy sauce. Divide the mixture between the two prepared glasses. You can use this 26-ounce beer mugs from Amazon.
  • Top each with 1 cup of ice.
  • Remove the caps from the beer bottles. In one swift motion, invert one of the bottles into a prepared glass, pushing it down towards the bottom. Repeat with the second bottle and glass. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.

NOTES

If using a lemon-squeezer, flip the limes upside down in the bowl of the press to extract the most liquid. You may substitute Worcestershire or fish sauce for the soy sauce; start with 1 teaspoon, taste, and add more until the mix is obviously a little salty.
Storage Info:
Micheladas are best enjoyed fresh and are not typically suited for long-term storage. If you find yourself with leftovers, you can store the tomato juice mixture (without beer) in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7434mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Enjoy Responsibly. This post and recipe are intended for those of legal drinking age.


 

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  1. I don’t usually drink bloody mary’s but this sure sounds interesting! Tomato juice and beer?! I’ve got to try that for sure.