Drinks, Recipes

Thirsty Thursdays: Micheladas

Micheladas are the only way I like to have a beer. Have you had one? They’re like a mixed drink, but with beer instead of liquor. Curious about making one at home? Keep reading to learn how!How to make a michelada

 

The first time I had one of these was with an uncle of mine nearly 18 years ago.  We were all outside, the men were loungin’ by the bbq pit, cooking the meat.  My uncle noticed me watching him prepare his drink right inside his can of beer.  He pops the can open, drinks a little, pours in some clamato juice, takes a lemon wedge and squeezes some inside, pours salt on top, and hands it to me.  “Pruebalo” he says (taste it).  I WAS curious, so, I took a sip, and instantly loved it!  And then he took it out of my hands. ;(

How to make a michelada

I never forgot how much I like that little taste though.  Since then, I’ve seen different versions of Micheladas, or Cheladas as some people call them.  There are so many variations to this drink that it’s difficult to pinpoint an original recipe.  All I can do is share this one that my younger cousin (of adult drinking age btw) taught me.  Hers is my favorite version and I was SO happy she was willing to share it on Spanglish Spoon.

Thank You Cousin!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 frozen beer glass 
  • salt (for rim)
  • Tajin (for rim)
  • clamato juice
  • 1oz tequila (optional)
  • 12 ounce bottle lager beer
  • fresh lemon juice

First, pour a ring of sea salt flakes (like the kind used for margaritas), followed by a ring of Tajin on a small plate. 


Moisten the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge.

Dip the rim of the glass onto the salt and Tajin mixture and turn it right side up again.


How to make a michelada

 

Pour roughly 6oz clamato juice into the glass, then the tequila and the whole bottle of beer.


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Top it off with a little more clamato juice


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Squeeze in the juice of one lemon wedge.


 

 

And Enjoy!

How to make a michelada

How to make a michelada

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Stephanie Chavez

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen beer glass
  • Salt for rim
  • Tajin for rim
  • clamato juice
  • 1 oz tequila optional
  • 12 ounce bottle lager beer
  • fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Pour a ring of sea salt flakes (like the kind used for margaritas), followed by a ring of Tajin on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge.
  2. Dip the rim of the glass onto the salt and Tajin mixture and turn it right side up again.
  3. Pour roughly 6oz clamato juice into the glass, then the tequila, and the whole bottle of beer.
  4. Top it off with a little more clamato juice, give it a quick stir, and squeeze in the juice of one lemon wedge.
  5. Serve with or without ice.

Recipe Notes

Tabasco and worcestershire sauce can also be added for a spicier kick.