The michelada is an extremely unique drink that is a Mexican tradition, and has since spread throughout Latin America and beyond. It is a “cerveza preparada”, meaning that it is a beer-based mixed drink, which is certainly not common in the alcohol world. It is said that a man named Michel once asks for a beer with lime, salt, ice, and a straw. He actually asked that it be served in a “chabela”, which was the container reserved for lemonade.
The story goes that the drink caught on, as people began asking for “Michel’s lemonade”, with the name eventually shortening into the michelada. Regardless, the drink has grown to be global since its inception, although it remains most popular in Latin countries. It is often compared to the Bloody Mary, as it is another drink that incorporates sauces.
- 12 ounces of beer
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 3 dashes of hot sauce
- 3 dashes of soy sauce
- 2 dashes of Worchestershire sauce
- Filled a chilled beer mug or pint glass halfway with ice.
- Add the lime juice, sauces, and pepper.
- Stir until well-mixed.
- Slowly top with the beer.
- Beer mug or pint glass
- Stirring spoon
It should be noted that Mexican beer is most often used, since the drink originated in Mexico. It is an extremely heavy drink, that should not be treated as a light afternoon drink, as it almost has the consistency of an entire meal, similar to the Bloody Mary, which is another reason for the comparison. The choice of beer and hot sauces have a dramatic impact on the taste of the drink, ad should be chosen carefully by the drinker. Interestingly enough, because of the growing Hispanic population in the United States, major U.S. producers started producing their own mass-produced version of the michelada, which is a testament to its longevity and ability to maintain global relevance. There are those that choose to include Clamato and peppers as optional additional ingredients, as well, and there are variations that include even more ingredients.