Nothing says lazy days in Mexico more than the Michelada. This popular Mexican cocktail (pronounced “me-chel-LA-da”) is made with beer, tomato juice or Clamato, fresh lime juice and hot sauce. It is similar to a Bloody Mary or Bloody Caesar and there are endless variations.

According to Wikipedia, the word Michelada is the combination of the words “mix” and “chela”. The word “chela” is a popular way to ask for a beer in Mexico. It comes from the English word “chill”. When you ask for a chela you are asking for a cold beer. “Mix” comes from the mix of sauces added to the beer. Therefore putting the two words together mix-chela sounds like Michelada. Others argue that it stands for “Mi Chela Helada”, meaning “my cold beer”.

No matter what the explanation, Micheladas undoubtedly make perfect sipping on a hot summer afternoon, or just about anytime for that matter.



½ lime for moistening the glass rim
coarse salt
1-12 ounce bottle of cold beer, preferably a dark Mexican beer like Dos Equis Amber or Negra Modelo
1-3 ounces of tomato juice (or Clamato)
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1-2 dashes of your favorite hot sauce like Tabasco, Tamazula or Valentina
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1-2 drops Jugo Maggi (or soy sauce)

Spread the coarse salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a pint glass or mug with fresh lime juice, and then dip the rim into the salt. Fill the glass half full with ice and pour in the lime juice and tomato juice, followed by the beer (adding slowly). Top it off with hot sauce, Worcestershire and Jugo Maggi, and stir to combine. Take a sip to ensure quality control. Then, repeat these steps for your friends, as this recipe serves 1. Garnish each cocktail with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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