Authentic Michelada Recipe

This classic michelada recipe is the perfect Mexican cocktail to serve at parties or to enjoy on summer days. Made with cold beer, Clamato juice, hot sauce, and lime juice, this drink is a game changer!

Michelada served in a cold glass garnished with lime slices.

What is a Michelada?

Michelada is a Mexican cocktail made by mixing beer with various types of salsas, tomato juice, lime juice, and salt.

Sometimes it might include ice and sometimes it won’t, and is served on a beer mug with salt and chili powder on the rim.

The most popular story about the name is that Michelada is a fun combination of words for saying “mi chela helada”, that will translate into something like my iced beer.

Chela is the Mexican slang for Cerveza and Helada means iced. The contraction of both words results in chelada.

Before michelada was so popular, people will just ask for a chelada, where the recipe was just adding a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lime right into the bottle or can.

A man pouring Mexican beer into a mug with seasonings and ice to make a Michelada recipe.

In Mexico, when you ask for a Michelada at a restaurant or bar, they will serve it in a large beer mug. The serving is about 1 beer of 11-oz. They will also bring to the table the leftover beer, so you can pour it yourself as needed.

This Mexican beer cocktail has a salty, spicy, and umami flavor. Think of a Bloody Mary where the addition of cold, crispy beer, substitutes the vodka. A truly refreshing drink with less alcohol than the mentioned cocktail.

Mexican Michelada beer cocktail  on a mug.

What beer makes the best michelada?

The famous recipe is made with light Mexican beer, such as Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol, Modelo, etc. For this recipe, don’t use a strong dark beer as the taste won’t combine well with the rest of the ingredients.

If you can’t find any Mexican lager beer where you live, any light beer can do the trick.

A collage made with various Mexican beer brands.

Ingredients Needed

For this Michelada recipe ingredients can have numerous variations and some of them depends on personal taste.

Take a look below and adjust those you don’t have or make your own personalized recipe for yourself and your friends.

  • LIGHT BEER: Choose your favorite Mexican brand beer or any other light beer you prefer.
  • TOMATO JUICE: From homemade Clamato juice to store-bought, V8 juice, and even plain tomato juice. All those are good options for making this recipe.
  • SALTY SAUCES: There are always at least two kinds of sauces when making a Michelada recipe, one is Worcestershire sauce and the other is Jugo Maggi. Other sauces such as soy or teriyaki are also good subs. All those add a nice, umami and savory touch to the cocktail. Believe me, you really don’t want to miss this flavor.
  • SPICY SAUCE: There are lots of options for the spicy sauce, Valentina salsa is still a favorite, but many recipes include other types, such as Tapatío, Tamazula, Tabasco, and even Chamoy sauce!
  • OTHER SEASONINGS: Salt, chili powder, and lime juice. You gonna need those for the rim and for some seasoning. Lately, I’ve tried adding Tajin seasoning powder, and let me tell you, it adds a nice touch!
A man pouring Clamato juice into a mug with Michelada.

How To Make Michelada Recipe

On a small plate combine salt and chili powder. In a small bowl, squeeze the juice of half a lime and add a splash of hot sauce, mix to combine, and set aside.

Seasonings for mug rims in plates to make a michelada recipe.

Now take your glass and dip the rim into the lime juice mixture.

Dipping the mug rim into salsa and juice lime mixture.

Next, dip it into the salt and chili mixture making sure it will coat well all the rims. Do those two steps with all glasses so you have them ready to make the drink.

Coating the rims with salt and chili powder mixture.

Add a few cubes of ice to the glasses.

Adding ice to the beer mug.

Now is where the fun begins. Add a few splashes of Jugo Maggi and Worcestershire sauce, the amount is really up to you, but I’d start with just a dash of each sauce and then adjust later if needed.

Adding a splash of jugo Maggi over the ice.

Then add hot sauce, again, this is all about personal taste, I love mine very spicy (I am Mexican!) so I like to put a lot of salsa, just add a few drops then you can adjust later.

Adding a splash of hot salsa.

Next, add a good squeeze of lime juice (about half a lime).

Squeezing lime juice into the mug.

Then pour in the beer, but don’t fill completely the glass, we still have the last ingredient to add.

Pouring beer into a mug, to make a michelada recipe.

Pour in Clamato juice (or any tomato juice) filling the glass completely. Give it a quick mix and garnish with lime wedges. Now you can say ¡Salud!

Pouring Clamato juice to make michelada recipe.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If you using beer mugs or another sturdy type of glass, place them in the freezer about 1 hour before starting to make your Mexican beer cocktail. This will help to keep the drink cold for longer.
  • If you prepare your drink without Clamato, add a pinch of ground pepper to the mix to spice things up!
  • The recipe can be easily customized by adding more or fewer sauces, seasonings, and even beer or Clamato juice. You gonna need a few tries to adjust the amounts to your personal taste.
  • Don’t take too long to drink your cocktail or the ice will melt and dilute the beer, and nobody likes that!
  • This drink is perfect to serve at parties, especially if you allow your guests to make their own. They can have fun trying different combinations with the ingredients until they perfect their own michelada recipe.

Recipe Variations

  • CLASSIC CHELADA: The most classic recipe is without tomato juice. It has a light, still tasty, flavor.
  • MANGO MICHELADA: Add a part of mango juice or mango puree to the mix, and enjoy the slightly sweet touch.
  • CAMARONES: This variation is one of the most popular right now in Mexico. Grilled shrimps (camarones) are added for decoration and a splash of shrimp stock to the mix. It looks and tastes amazing and makes this recipe perfect to impress your guests!
A man holding a mug with Clamato michelada.

Foods To Pair With

This Michelada recipe goes perfect with many Mexican appetizers, here are our favorite recipes:

Make Ahead

You can make ahead the sauces and seasoning mix and have it ready for parties and gatherings, just place all ingredients in a jar, besides the beer, give them a good stir, and close the lid.

It will last about 5 days in the fridge. When you’re ready to make your cocktail just rim the cups, add ice, distribute the mix, and then pour in the beer. Easy!

Authentic Michelada recipe.

Authentic Michelada Recipe

author Maricruz
This Michelada recipe has a salty, spicy, and umami flavor. Perfect to enjoy in hot days, this recipe is so easy to make!
prep 5 minutes
total 5 minutes
serving 1 cocktail

Equipment

  • 1 large (500ml) beer mug or glass.

Ingredients 

  • 11 fl oz Mexican light beer (or any other light beer)
  • 3.5 fl oz Clamato juice (or plain tomato juice)
  • ½ lime (juice)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Jugo Maggi (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp Valentina salsa (or any Mexican hot salsa)

For the rim & garnish

  • chili powder
  • salt
  • limes

Instructions
 

Rim

  • On a small plate combine salt and chili powder.
  • In a small bowl, squeeze combine the juice of half a lime and a good splash of hot sauce.
  • Dip the rim of a glass or beer mug into the lime juice mixture.
  • Next, dip it into the salt and chili mixture to coat well.

Make michelada

  • Add a few cubes of ice to the glass.
  • Add Jugo Maggi, Worcestershire sauce, hot salsa, and lime juice.
  • Pour in the beer and finish with Clamato juice.
  • Give it a quick mix and garnish with lime wedges.

Notes

  • The recipe can be easily customized by adding more or fewer sauces, seasonings, and even beer or Clamato juice. You gonna need a few tries to adjust the amounts to your personal taste.
  • If you using beer mugs or another sturdy type of glass, place them in the freezer about 1 hour before starting to make your Mexican michelada recipe. This will help to keep the drink cold for longer.
  • If you prepare your drink with plain tomato juice, add a pinch of ground pepper to the mix to spice things up!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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FAQ

What is the difference between a Chelada and a Michelada?

Chelada is made only with beer, lime juice, and salt. While michelada is made with a mix of sauces, spicy, and tomato juice.

What is a michelada mix made of?

Various sauces and seasonings, such as Maggi sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot salsa, salt, lime juice, and tomato juice.

How long does homemade michelada mix last?

The homemade mix can last about 5 days in the coldest spot in the fridge.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have had Mexican beer a few times and love it this cocktail will be a new favorite for sure!

  2. 5 stars
    I remember the first time I had a Michelada at a restaurant years ago! It was so delicious, but I never knew how to make it. Recently, I wanted to make one for friends and I stumbled across this recipe let me just say it’s incredible! So much flavor!