Michelada con Tequila
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 is not very good looking” haha, well my Spanish isn’t very good looking either, but I try.
How to Make a Michelada
My Tequila Michelada recipe 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. 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 summer 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 recipe 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. What means 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’.
Michelada cocktails have several ingredients with savory qualities that give the cocktail it’s a unique character, refreshing flavor, and drinkability. Here are the ingredients for my Tequila Michelada:
- Clamato: A tomato juice and clam broth cocktail mixer. The flavor of clam is very mild, just enough to give it a great distinctive slightly savory flavor. Bloody Mary Mix is a good substitute, but use Clamato for the real deal.
- Tequila: Not all Micheladas have Tequila in it, but I like the little extra kick. Distilled from the blue agave plant, Tequila originated near the city of Santiago de Tequila in the state of Jalisco in Mexico.
- Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce is a fermented fish sauce with a unique savory flavor. It enhances the Clamato and helps round out the flavor of the Michelada.
- Hot Sauce, Lime Juice, and Salted Rim of the Glass: Layer after layer of unique flavors, each addition makes the Michelada con Tequila all the more individual and unique. Mexican Beers, Tequila, and the Clamato all love salt and lime juice, and the hot sauce just adds that perfect finishing touch to the Michelada.
- Mexican Beers: Lagers and dark beers both work great in a Michelada. I have made the drink using both and do not have a preference
Here’s my Tequila Michelada recipe:
Michelada con Tequila
- Cocktail Shaker
- 3 Ounces Tequila
- 4 Ounces Clamato or Bloody Mary Mix
- 1/2 Ounce Worcestershire Sauce
- 3-6 Dashes Hot Sauce 3 is pretty mild
- 1 Lime Juice Only
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Bottles Mexican Lagers
- Salt the rim of the Glass
- Lime wedges or slices
- 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