May 01, 2013

The Ultimate Beer Cocktail: How to Make a Perfect Michelada

The Perfect Michelada

Tastes like sunshine and feels like an ocean breeze. What is it? An all-inclusive vacation?

Nope. It’s a Michelada, a mouth-watering beer cocktail that's perfect for the weekend (or any sunny day, really). Today, I'm sharing my go-to recipe to make a classic Michelada. Start chilling your Coronas!

A Michelada is a Mexican beer cocktail that is both fresh and spicy. It tastes heavenly on a hot summer day and people drink them often as a cure for a nasty hangover (I have tried my fair share and I can testify that yes, they do work!). I guess they are the equivalent of a Caesar to Canada or a Bloody Mary to the US.

There are many variations of this cocktail, so don't get stuck with the usual ingredients -- add your own twist to it! A few ideas: add pickled green beans, a slice of chorizo (yep, like a meal in a glass), or for those daredevils out there - add a habanero!

Classic Michelada

Here’s the recipe for a classic Michelada:


  • 1 Beer (Corona, Sol, Pacifico, or Negra Modelo are great options!)
  • 2 Limes (1 for rimming, 1 for the mix)
  • Salt
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tall glass


Rim glass with lime juice and salt. For the mix: add a few dashes of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce (easy on the last one, or it'll taste like a steak). Add juice of 1 lime. Pour beer slowly into the mix. Sit, relax, and enjoy.

Classic Michelada

So easy and so amazingly fresh. Having this cocktail while relaxing on your patio feels like taking a vacation -- and you don't even have to leave your house!

Micheladas go really well with shrimp cocktails, grilled fish, and burgers. If this cocktail is too spicy for you, try making a 'Chelada' which is the exact same thing, minus the sauces.


If you end up making some crazy mixes, let me know! I'm always eager to find new variations.






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Jordan on May 28, 2013:

Oh man, this is so wrong...
Here's what SHOULD be in a michelada, no hard & fast amounts (add to your personal taste) besides the beer/clamato:

  • 2:1 ratio of Beer to Clamato (Mexican beers only - I prefer Modelos and Dos XX)

  • Tabasco / Valentina

  • Maggi Seasoning

  • Black Pepper

  • Worcestershire Sauce

  • Lime Juice

  • - (optional) Lime Salt (or Pickle Salt)

Serve in a large glass, lime/salt rimmed, with ice cubes and a straw. Throw a pickled okra in there in there to take it to a higher place.

Micheladas rule, make one the right way. You won't regret it!

Roy on May 25, 2013:

Don't forget the Maggi seasoning!

Money martrix on May 16, 2013:

You need clamato

tan on May 08, 2013:

Hi my name is tan , I want to ask you please show me how to make michelada. can you explain to me and email me back . Thank you very much...

Kerry on May 02, 2013:

Mmmm - I lived in Mexico for six months on study abroad and that is when I discovered the Michelada. It was delicious - I still enjoy it more than 7 years later! 

Dan on May 01, 2013:

Wouldn't a 'Chelada just be a Corona with lime juice and a fancy glass? Is that really so much different from how you should drink a Corona anyways?