Michelada Recipe: If a Beer and Bloody Mary Had a Love Child

Dan Aragon (@danaragonowns)

Dan Aragon (@danaragonowns),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

A Michelada is a Mexican cocktail made of beer, tomato juice, and hot sauce. Imagine combining a Bloody Mary and a bottle of beer—that’s what you get. It’s both savory and refreshing; and it’s a great way to change up your usual Cerveza (and a good hangover cure).

This michelada recipe is very easy to put together. You don’t even need any fancy cocktail-mixing equipment. It’s best to use Mexican beer for the whole experience. But if you don’t have any, we recommend using a light lager.

Note: We adapted this recipe from “The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes” by Megan Krigbaum.

Michelada Recipe



Serving Size

1 person

Active Time

10 mins

Total Time

10 mins

Instructions for Michelada

  1. Mix salt, pepper, and chili powder on a plate.
  2. Run a lime wedge along the rim of a pint glass and dip into the mixture.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Add 1 oz lime juice, hot sauce, and tomato juice.
  5. Top off with beer and give a light stir.
  6. Add a lime wedge for garnish and sprinkle rim mixture to the top.

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