The Best Michelada Recipe

Add as much (or as little) lime and hot sauce to this light, savory beer drink as you want.

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Why It Works

  • The right amount of lime juice keeps the drink bracingly tart and fresh.
  • A pinch of salt in the drink itself ensures every sip is perfect.

A michelada, when made well, is one of the most refreshing and bracingly flavorful summer beer drinks out there. It's made from a mixture of cold light beer, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, and a savory ingredient like Worcestershire sauce, and the secret is all in striking the right balance. This version goes for a bold acidity and noticeable heat, but you can play with the ratios to get it just the way you like it. Some recipes also call for tomato juice, which can sometimes be good, but we've found the most solid basic renditions omit it.


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Recipe Facts



Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 drink

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  • Tajín or other chile-salt blend (optional; see note)

  • Kosher or sea salt

  • 2 ounces (60ml) fresh juice from 2 limes (see note), half a juiced lime reserved for the rim

  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) hot sauce, preferably a Mexican-style brand like Tapatío (our favorite); see note

  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 (12-ounce; 355ml) can or bottle light Mexican beer, such as Modelo, Pacífico, Tecate, Victoria, or Corona, well chilled


  1. Pour Tajín (or other chile-salt mixture) or salt into a small, shallow dish in an even layer. Rub a pint or pilsner glass's rim with the cut side of the reserved juiced lime half, then dip glass into the dish to create a salt rim.

  2. Set glass right side up and fill with lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Add a pinch or two of salt, fill glass with ice, and top with beer. Stir gently if you want to mix it up a bit. Serve with remaining beer, topping up as you drink.

Special Equipment

Pint or pilsner glass


You can either do a classic salt rim for this drink or rim the drink with a chile-salt mix, using a brand like Tajín. If you want a less tart version of the drink, experiment with using less lime juice—1 or 1 1/2 ounces can work, too. You can also make a less spicy version by reducing the hot sauce from 2 teaspoons to 1.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
175 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 842mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 272mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)