A simple michelada recipe made with Mexican beer, lime juice, smoky spices, tomato juice then served in chilled, chili salt-rimmed glasses.
The first time I tried a Michelada was at brunch many moons ago. I, honestly, thought a Bloody Mary and a Michelada were one in the same.
Is a Michelada a Bloody Mary?
A Michelada is 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, 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!
How To Make A Michelada
To start things off, I ran a lime wedge around the rim of each glass. Then I placed each glass upside down on a plate with a chili salt mixture, coating each rim. Not only did it give the glasses some character, but it also made this cocktail taste even better!
Next, you evenly divide 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 beer. It’s that easy!
The tomato juice gives this cocktail a light, sweet, tangy taste. The hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and chipotle powder provide the smoky flavor. Can’t get more authentic than that!
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!