If you love Bloody Mary’s, you’re going to love the Tequila Michelada, technically, it should be a Michelada con Tequila, but my Spanish is pretty bad. One of my friends from Costa Rica, who doesn’t speak English very well, tells me “My English isn’t very good looking” haha, well my Spanish isn’t very good looking either, but I try.
The Tequila Michelada is tequila, lime juice, a dash of hot sauce, Clamato and a Mexican lager over ice. It’s cool, refreshing and (allegedly) a great cure for hangovers, well, maybe the non-tequila version is a cure, I don’t think adding tequila to a hangover is a good idea, lol. Served in a chilled glass over ice with a salted rim, it’s perfect on a hot summers day.
We were drinking our Tequila Micheladas out by our garden pond and my sweet dog Piper wanted into the photograph, how can I resist that smile?
A traditional Michelada does not have Tequila in it, it’s excellent just the way it is. But I like the kick the tequila adds to the drink, makes it a little more of a cocktail rather than just a beer over ice.
All Latin American countries have their own slang, and what means something hip and cool in Mexico means absolutely nothing to someone from any other Spanish speaking country, and vice versa. A ‘Chela’ is Mexican slang for a cold beer and is a rough equivalent of the USA slang ‘Brew or Brewski’. ‘Helada’ literally translated as ‘Frost’ or ‘Icy’. Therefore, a beer served over ice would be ‘Mi Chela Helada’ or ‘My Ice-Cold Beer’.
Here’s how I make my version of a Tequila Michelada:
INGREDIENTS for Two:
- 3 Ounces Tequila
- 4 Ounces Clamato or Bloody Mary Mix
- ½ Ounce Worchester Sauce
- 3-6 Dashes Hot Sauce or to taste (3 is pretty mild)
- 1 Lime, Juice
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Mexican Lagers
-Combine all ingredients except Lagers in a cocktail shaker over ice, shake 40-50 times until ice cold
-Take two frosted beer glasses, rim the edges with salt and fill with ice
-Add half the mix from the cocktail shaker to each glass, top off with an ice cold Mexican Lager
-Garnish with limes