Enjoy a Spicy Michelada: An Easy Mexican Beer Recipe

Michelada Mexican Beer Drink
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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It's hard to resist the beer drink we call the Michelada. It requires very little effort, can be adapted to fit your particular taste, and has a great spicy kick. It's really no wonder that this is such a popular drink. Grab your favorite Mexican beer and let's get mixing!

Essentially, when creating a Michelada, all you are doing is spicing up your beer. From the hot sauce to the beer, the entire drink can be customized to fit your personal taste. In that way, it's much like the Bloody Mary. Just like that drink, the key to a great Michelada is finding a good balance. Take it easy on each of the ingredients and add more as needed. After a couple of rounds, you will find the perfect mix for you.

The best part of the Michelada is that it's likely you have everything you need right there in the kitchen. This makes it one of the easiest drink to mix up at home. Of course, there are a few bottled Micheladas available but they don't match up to the customization that this drink deserves.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Fill a chilled beer mug or pint glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add the lime juice, sauces, and pepper.
  3. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Slowly top with beer.

Customize Your Michelada

  • Rim the glass with salt. Be careful when pouring the beer because if the two meet, you may have a foamy mess.
  • If you don't want the salty rim, add a pinch or two of salt to the drink.
  • Add a pinch of celery salt or all-purpose meat seasoning.

Choose Your Hot Sauce

Quite honestly, the beer is secondary in importance when it comes to making a great Michelada. What is more important is the hot sauce and it can be used to give this drink a personal spin.

There are many hot sauce options available. Tabasco is always a favorite for spicy drinks and it is one of the more popular options for the Michelada. Of course, there are other hot sauces available.

Cholula is a personal favorite because it has less of that vinegar bitterness that is a signature of Tabasco. Give either the Original Cholula or their Chili Garlic a try in this drink (or any that call for hot sauce). It creates a drink with better balance and more flavor without that vinegar pinch of Tabasco.

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Beware of the Super Spicy Sauces. There are some habanero sauces around as well and it's best to be cautious about using any of these "kick ass" hot sauces. They may be great for tacos, but it is very easy to burn drinks and make them undrinkable. What's the point in that?

Less Is More. Start slowly with your hot sauce, no matter which you choose. Just a few dashes will have a big impact on your Michelada. You can always add more if you feel it needs it, though be sure to stir properly with each addition.

More Tips for Making a Great Michelada

The Beer. It is customary to use a Mexican beer in the Michelada. These tend to be very light lagers with rather transparent flavors, just the kind of beer that needs a little spicing up!

Corona may be the obvious choices for American drinkers, but you might want to step out of that comfort zone a bit. Try something like Bohemia Clasica or Tecate.

You might also choose to go with a darker beer like Negra Modelo or Dos Equis. Any of these will be a surprising difference compared to the Corona Michelada.

The Other Sauces. Hot sauce is the featured sauce of the Michelada though the soy and Worcestershire are equally important. This beertail is not just about the spice, we have to include some savory aspects as well.

Choose a good soy sauce to improve your Michelada and the best options are not next to the ramen noodles at the average grocer. Instead, take a trip to the international market and explore their options. Also, many people have caught on to the Maggi Seasoning craze and that is a great substitute for soy in both cooking and drinks.

I am not as picky about Worcestershire sauce though Lea & Perrins is always a good choice. It is a trusted brand that never fails to put that perfect finishing touch to a great mixed drink. If you want to get adventurous, learn how to make your own Worcestershire sauce.

How Strong is the Michelada?

The Michelada has a beer-only base and there is no liquor, so it is a very light drink. Let's assume that we use Bohemia Clasica, which has an alcohol content of 4.7 percent. If we factor in a little bit of ice melt, that would bring this drink down to a very mild 3.7 percent ABV (7.4 proof).