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30 December 2019

Try this refreshing Michelada recipe, a classic Mexican cocktail made with beer, Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and more. I like mine spicy!

Spice up your drinks Mexican style with this traditional Mexican drink. It’s called a Michelada. I compare it to the popular Bloody Mary, but made with more traditional Mexican ingredients. There are numerous variations and can be made with or without tomato juice, depending on your preferences. 

It is super refreshing anytime of the year, whether you’re in the sun on a hot day along the water, or chilling in the cool mountains. If you love a good bloody mary, you’ll love this michelada drink.

I love that is is nice and spicy! Homemade is always best, so I’m going to show how you can make your own micheladas at home, my way.

Two micheladas, Mexican beer and Clamato juice cocktails, ready to enjoy

Let’s talk about how we make classic Micheladas, shall we?

Michelada Ingredients

Michelada Beer. What’s the best beer for a Michelada? Use your favorite light Mexican beer to make the best michelada. I have enjoyed micheladas with different beers, including Corona, Sol, Tecate and Modelo. Any lighter Mexican beer will do. I love a good Corona or Sol Michelada. You CAN make it with an American or other light beer, but it just won’t be the same.

Clamato Juice or Tomato Juice? I’m using Clamato juice for additional flavor, and it is pretty commonly used in making Mexican micheladas. However, tomato juice works great and it just as often used. If you do so, add in a bit of clam juice if you enjoy the flavor. You can add in extra seasonings if you’d like, as you would with a classic bloody mary cocktail.

Lime Juice. Fresh lime juice is best for a great tasting michelada. You can use lime juice out of a can or bottle, and it will work just fine, but fresh is ideal.

Worcestershire Sauce. Worcestershire sauce has an inherent sweetness and adds depth of flavor to cocktails and uncooked sauces. It is so good! You can also use teriyaki sauce.

Soy Sauce. Soy sauce adds that umami flavor as well as a touch of saltiness. You can also use maggi sauce.

Hot Sauce. Hot sauce is a must! Most recipes will call for Tabasco sauce, which is more traditional. However, you can use any of your favorite hot sauce brands. A Louisiana style hot sauce is perfect here. I am using my own homemade tabasco hot sauce. So good! Add in as much or as little as you like to your own preferred spice level. I love it spicy!

For the Rim. Use lime wedges or the reserved rinds from squeeze the lime juice to moisten the rims of your beer glasses. It will help the salt stick to the rims. You can simply dip the wet rims into salt, or use a mixture of either salt and spicy chili powder or salt and Tajin seasoning for an extra blast of lime flavor.

The Garnish. I like to keep it simple and serve my micheladas with lime wedges. However, feel free to garnish up your cocktails like you would a bloody mary, with foods like shrimp or spicy chili peppers.

Two micheladas, Mexican beer and Clamato juice cocktails, ready to enjoy

How to Make a Michelada – the Recipe Method

FOR THE RIM

Place enough salt and Tajin seasoning or chili powder in a wide, small plate to cover the bottom. Salt and chili powder is a nice combination.

Salt and Tajin mixture for the Michelada rim

Rub the rims of two glasses with the lime wedges (or use the reserved lime rinds) to moisten them up. This will help the salt mixture stick to the rims of the beer glasses.

Wetting the rim on my Michelada glass with fresh lime juice

Next, dip them into the spicy sea salt mixture. Make sure the spicy salt mixture generously coats the rims.

Salting the Michelada rim

FOR THE MICHELADAS

Fill the glasses with ice and set aside.

Divide evenly between two beer glasses…

Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. You can add in extra or dial it back. Patty likes hers with extra Worcestershire sauce.

Pouring Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce into my Michelada

Hot sauce. Add in as much as you’d like! I like mine extra spicy to I give it a few extra shakes.

Pouring Tabasco sauce into my Michelada

Lime Juice. I use freshly squeezed limes, but bottled is good if that is all you have. Better than having no michelada!

Squeezing lime juice into my Michelada

Mexican beer. Use your favorite light Mexican beer.

Pouring beer into my Michelada

Clamato juice or tomato juice. I’m using Clamato juice, but either is good!

Pouring Clamato juice or tomato juice into my Michelada

Give it all a stir if you wish, or serve it with beer on top. I like mine mixed.

Stirring up my Michelada mix

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Boom! That is how you make a classic Clamato michelada. It’s hard to go wrong with a good beer and tomato juice cocktail. Beer with tomato juice? Yes! It’s one of my favorite combinations. The ultimate spicy Mexican beer cocktail.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • To Mix or Not to Mix. You don’t have to mix your Micheladas. You can pour everything but the beer in first, then top with beer and serve them up. Let your guests mix as desired.
  • Clamato Juice Alternatives. If you can’t find or don’t like Clamato juice, you can make a Michelada with tomato juice, or find a good Michelada mix at the store. A spicy bloody mary mix can work as well.
  • Mango Michelada. Mango is a popular addition to this cocktail. Muddle some fresh mango into the cocktail, or pour in some mango juice. It adds a wonderful sweetness.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy your micheladas. Such a great cocktail. Spicy cocktails rule!

Try Some of My Other Popular Spicy Cocktail Recipes

Two micheladas, Mexican beer and Clamato juice cocktails

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Michelada Recipe - Beer and Tomato Juice Cocktail
Michelada Recipe - Spicy Mexican Beer and Tomato Juice Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Try this refreshing Michelada recipe, a classic Mexican cocktail made with beer, Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and more. I like mine spicy!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beer, Clamato, cocktail, spicy
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
FOR THE MICHELADAS
  • 12 ounces light Mexican beer Corona is good, as is Sol, Tecate or Modelo
  • 12 ounces Clamato juice (or use tomato juice)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice rinds reserved
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or Maggi sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Ice
FOR THE RIM
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or Tajin seasoning for rimming the glass
  • Salt for rimming the glasses
  • Lime wedges for garnish if desired
Instructions
  1. Place enough salt and Tajin seasoning or chili powder in a wide, shallow dish to cover the bottom.

  2. Rub the rims of two glasses with the lime wedges (or use the reserved lime rinds) and dip them into the spicy salt mixture.

  3. Fill the glasses with ice and set aside.
  4. Divide the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce hot sauce, lime juice, beer and Clamato juice into each glass. Mix well.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Recipe Notes

You don't have to mix your Micheladas. You can pour everything but the beer in first, then top with beer and serve them up. Let your guests mix as desired. Also, you can make a Michelada with tomato juice or Clamato juice.

Heat Factor: Medium. Classic Michelads are a quite a bit spicy. You can tone them down by using less hot sauce. Bring up the zest and heat factor with extra hot sauce, a hotter hot sauce, or swirl in some spicy chili powder, like cayenne. Extra spicy for me, please!

Nutrition Facts
Michelada Recipe - Spicy Mexican Beer and Tomato Juice Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 733mg31%
Potassium 577mg16%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1062IU21%
Vitamin C 44mg53%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 12/30/19 to include new photos and information. It was originally published on 4/27/14.

Michelada Recipe - Spicy Mexican Beer and Tomato Juice Cocktail - Try this refreshing Michelada recipe, a classic Mexican cocktail made with beer, Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and more. I like mine spicy! #BeerCocktail #MexicanCocktail #Clamato #SpicyCocktail

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