micheladaLike brush fire and tacos, micheladas have become the darling of the younger crowds, in the same way the margarita won the palates and spinned the heads of earlier college spring breakers who kept the habit way into adulthood.

But what is a Michelada (pronounced Mee-Tchay-lah-dah)? A michelada is, basically, a prepared Mexican beer with lime juice, hot sauces and salsas.  In essence, a beer cocktail.  Great for hangovers and the summer heat!

There are many ways to make Micheladas but the true believers insist that in order to deserve the name, it has to have Maggi seasoning – for the umami taste −, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice,  chili powder, hot sauce like Tabasco, Louisiana, Tapatio or Cholula, Clamato (tomato-based clam juice), salt and slices of lime.  “Not so,” says chef Oscar of Talavera Mexican Restaurant in Coral Gables, “ there’s a variety, different types of Micheladas which we make at our restaurant.  Besides,” he explained,  “the preparation will vary depending on the different regions of Mexico.”

But no matter what goes into it,  like the margarita, the Michelada will always have lime in it and is always served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.

So where does the catchy name come from? The origins are blurred in the proof of beer and time.

"Chela" is slang for beer in Mexico so when you ask for a  Chelada (or chela helada) you may get an ice cold beer. But ask for a Michelada - a contraction of "Mi Chela Helada"   meaning iced beer my way - and you will get this totally original quaffing cocktail the Michelada.

Some say that a guy called Michel Ésper from San Luis Potosi, Mexico created  a beer lemonade  in Club Deportivo Potosino  which the members of the club christened "Michel's lemonade", and shortened over time to Michelada.

Like for any cocktail, the right proportions are the key to a delicious drink. Most bartenders will tell you that the best proportion is a 1:1 ratio including the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and Maggi bouillon and that the ice should be saved for the serving glass.

Michelada (from www.drinksmixer.com)

12 oz beer
juice of 1 lemons
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 dash soy sauce
1 dash Tabasco® sauce
1 pinch black peppers
Mix ingredients in a tall high glass with lots of ice. Add beer, mix, and serve.


Michelada - another recipe


1 12-oz. bottle chilled Mexican beer - dark is better

1 12-oz. bottle chilled Clamato

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. hot sauce or more according to taste(Tabasco, Louisiana,, Tapatio or Cholula)

1/2 tsp. Maggi Seasoning

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. chili powder

Lime wedges (for serving)

preparation : Mix lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and Maggi Seasoning in a  pitcher. Add Clamato and beer.  Mix salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Fill glasses with ice, add Michelada mixture, and garnish with lime wedges.

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