I learned about a michelada beer for the first time while on a vacation in Playa del Carmen. I went to a taco shop in town and saw a local patron drinking what looked like a beer but was clearly flavored. I spoke broken Spanish to the waiter and he spoke broken English back. I pointed at the local's drink and asked what was that and he said a michelada beer. I asked what was in it and he described the ingredients below. I ordered one and fell in love.
From that point on, it has become my go-to drink. I'm not much of a hard alcohol or wine person. I'm a beer person. And the added flavors just hit the spot on a summer day, more so than just dropping in a lime.
Ingredients and Directions
- Grab a 1 oz shot glass.
- Fill half with lime juice (1 tbsp)
- Fill a third of the remaining half with soy sauce (1 tsp). To be truly authentic, you should actually use the Mexican ingredient Maggi Jugo.
- Fill half of the remainder with Worcestershire sauce (1 tsp)
- Fill the remainder of the shot glass with hot sauce (1 tsp). Crystal or Tapatio is my favorite for this.
- Grab a beer glass. For extra flavor and embellishment, rim the glass with Tajin seasoning or salt and pepper.
- Pour the shot into the beer glass and add a Mexican or American lager (Modelo, Corona, etc. even Coors or Budweiser)
There are lots of other ways to make a michelada. In fact the name itself translates to "my cold beer", meaning you get to customize it any way you want. This recipe is my go-to. I favor it a lot more than what most restaurants and bars do in the U.S. which is add tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix. Just not a fan of tomato in beer, aka "red beer".
For inspiration on other michelada recipes, check out the website recipe section from Mexican beer company, Modelo.
I know you'll love this drink!