Michelada: A Mexican Classic

If you’re seeking respite from the hot Mexican sun, at most any bar in Cancun you can order a Michelada, which is a Mexican style beer served in a chilled, salt-rimmed pint glass, mixed with tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce and other spices. It’s an interesting alternative to the classic margarita, and is a tasty companion to the tropical heat.

The popular drink, as with most popular drinks, has murky origins for how it got its name. Some say a man named Michel Esper, patron at a club in San Luis Potosi, MicheladaMexico, asked for his beer with lime, salt, ice and a straw, served in a lemonade glass, or “chabela.” It got popular, and people asked for “Michel’s lemonade,” the name morphing to Michelada over time. Another story says that it’s simply a shortening of mi chela helada, or “my ice cold beer.” Anyway you call it, this drink can be easily replicated back home long after your tan wears off. There are a number of ways to prepare one, here’s an authentic recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine.

Ingredients for eight servings:

1 32-oz. bottle chilled Clamato (about 4 cups)
1 32-oz. bottle or 3 12-oz. bottles chilled Mexican lager
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 tsp. Maggi Seasoning (Available on Amazon or at your local mercado.)
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Lime wedges (for serving)

Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Mix salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Fill glasses with ice, add Michelada mixture, and garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy on a hot day!

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .


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