Michelada: Mexican Beer Cocktail

The michelada is a spicy beer cocktail that first became popular in northern Mexico. The cocktail's name is derived from "mi chela helada," or "my cold, light beer" and as the name suggests, is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

Michelada: Mexican Beer Cocktail

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: What to Eat and Drink on Cinco de Mayo Cinco De Mayo Wrap-up: Drink Recipes


  • 1/2 lime
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash soy sauce
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 dash Maggi seasoning, optional
  • 12 ounces beer, preferably a dark Mexican beer like Negra Modelo.


  1. 1

    Squeeze the juice from the lime and set aside. Salt the rim of a highball glass by rubbing it with the lime and dipping it in coarse salt. Fill with ice.

  2. 2

    Add lime juice, Worcestershire, soy sauce, Tabasco, pepper and Maggi, if desired.

  3. 3

    Pour in beer, stir and serve, adding more beer as you sip.


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