Easy Chelada Beer Recipe

Two chelada cocktails on the rocks
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 chelada
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The combination of Mexican beer with lime has long been a favorite. If you are ready to step beyond stuffing your Corona bottle with a lime wedge, then you have to give this easy Chelada recipe a try. It has all of the same great flavors, it is simply more of a mixed drink than a dressed up beer.

brandsThis simple and refreshing drink was provided by Crown Imports. They handle the U.S. imports for Grupo Modelo whose beers include popular Mexican brands like​ Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial and Pacifico.

Any of those brands would be a good choice for making an authentic Mexican Chelada though any light lager style of beer will do. As always, I encourage you to seek out a locally brewed beer and try it alongside (or instead of) nationally distributed beer.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Salt the rim of a large, tall glass.
  2. Fill with ice and add the lime juice.
  3. Top up with the beer.
  4. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Odds are that you will not empty the bottle, so reserve what is left and keep adding as you drink it or just make a second Chelada.

More Tips for Making a Great Chelada

Mexican beers are an obvious choice for Cheladas, Micheladas, and similar beer drinks that have a natural Mexican flair.

However, they are not the only options that will work well in these drinks.

Choose your favorite lager, this recipe is simple enough so it is easy to experiment with until you find your personal favorite. You may be surprised at how many beers work well with a hint of lime and a little salt.

By 'light' lager, we mean a beer that is light in both color and flavor, not necessarily a low-calorie beer.

Fresh lime juice is going to produce a better tasting drink and just because this is not a Margarita, it does not mean that you shouldn't use the best, right? Many of the bottled lime juices available (even those that claim to be 'pure') are too sweet or too sour and will ruin an otherwise refreshing drink.

Do not use a lime cordial or any 'lime juice' that has been sweetened. This is beer, not a fancy cocktail. 

If you need one more argument to stop by the produce market to pick up a few limes, here it is: limes are cheap! If you won't drink a Corona without a wedge, what difference does it make if you buy an extra lime to make a superior Chelada?

Once you have chosen your beer and stocked up on fresh lime, the next decision is the salt. Some drinkers enjoy a little salt in their beer, some prefer it on the rim, and still, others prefer to skip it completely.

If you are on the fence about salt, there is an easy solution: only add salt to half of the glass. This gives you the option to drink from the salted rim or the unsalted rim. Maybe you will find that you like switching back and forth mid-drink, but a partially rimmed glass at least gives you the option and won't spoil the entire drink if you find you do not like the salt.

How do you get the salt to stick to the rim? Lime! Take your lime wedge and wipe the rim of the glass, then roll the wet edge in a small plate of coarse salt.