The first time I tried a Michelada was at brunch many moons ago in a Mexican restaurant. It had such a unique taste!
Until I realized it wasn’t a Michelada that I was drinking, it was a Bloody Mary. It was made with beer, not vodka, but it had tons of garnishes on it so you can understand my confusion.
Is a Michelada a Bloody Mary?
Let me help you understand, in case, you were confused like me. Ha!
A Michelada is a beer cocktail made with beer instead of vodka plus a Bloody Mary has a whole bunch of fun garnishes on it; sometimes resembling an entire meal. They both have tomato juice (aka Clamato juice), hot sauce, and spices.
Bloody Marys are typically served at brunch, but Micheladas can be enjoyed throughout the day whenever you want to spark a little fun. So, in an effort to recreate this fun cocktail, I decided to marry the two.
This is my version of a smoky Michelada with fun bloody mary garnishes!
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make this version of a Michelada recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.
- Lime wedges, sea salt + Tajin seasoning (or chili powder) to rim the glasses.
- Ice. Duh
- Tomato juice. You can use Clamato or another one of your choice. The tomato juice gives this cocktail a light, sweet, tangy taste.
- Fresh lime juice.
- Hot sauce. Usually, I see people use Cholula or Tabasco but whatever you have on hand works!
- Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce. I prefer Worcestershire for a more umami flavor.
- Liquid smoke. For that smoky flavor!
- Chipotle powder. Gives this a smoky, earthy flavor that’s on point!
- Mexican beer. You can use Corona or Modelo.
- All the garnishes! Celery, shrimp, pickles, olives, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, lime wedges.
The hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chipotle powder provide a smoky flavor. Can’t get more authentic than that!
How To Make A Michelada
- Make chili salt for the rim. To start things off, I mixed the sea salt and Tajin together on a plate for the glass rim. Not only did it give the glasses some character, but it also made this cocktail taste even better!
- Rim the glasses. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass then dip each glass upside down on a plate with a chili salt mixture, coating each rim.
- Make the Michelada. Evenly pour the tomato juice, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chipotle powder into each glass. Stir it up then top each glass off with the cold beer.
- Garnish the glasses! The fun part is adding all the garnishes to these smoky Micheladas. I added fresh ingredients like celery, shrimp, sliced pickles, a jalapeño, a cherry tomato, and olives. Feel free to add whatever you’d like!
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- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning (or chili powder)
- Lime wedges
- Ice cubes
- 6 ounces tomato juice like Clamato
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 bottle Mexican lager beer
- Garnishes: celery, shrimp, pickles, olives, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, lime wedges
- Mix together sea salt and Tajin (or chili powder) on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Place each glass upside down on the chili salt, coating the rim.
- Fill each glass with ice. Evenly divide tomato juice, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chipotle powder. Stir then top off with the beer.
- Garnish with celery, shrimp, pickles, olives, jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, and/or lime wedges. Enjoy!