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The Michelada

Because it’s the 4th of July tomorrow and because you could grill a steak on most sidewalks in the U.S., this might be the most important post I’ve ever written. Last weekend Betsy and I were sweating and complaining, but being a man of action, I whipped up a few of these beauties and it was like immediate relief!

This is seriously my new favorite drink and while it might sound a bit crazy (especially if you aren’t a Bloody Mary fan), trust me when I say that it’s so refreshing. It’s a great example of the sum of two things being way better than their parts.

Use this Michelada recipe and bring a batch of these guys to your 4th of July festivities and rescue the day.

Michelada Recipe

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2 large micheladas
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This Homemade Michelada recipe starts with a light tomato mix and a special secret ingredient. A delicious drink you have to try!


2 light lager beers
1 cup clamato juice
2 teaspoons pickle juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 lime, juice only

Michelada Salt:

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon celery salt
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1) Stir together all the ingredients except the beer and salt ingredients. Store in the fridge until needed.

2) Stir together three salt ingredients.

3) In tall glasses, rub the rim with limes and dip in salt. Add ice and about 1/2 cup of michelada mix. Then top with beer and serve extra beer on the side!

Stay cool.

Michelada Recipe

The Mix

This Michelada recipe starts with a mix that is very similar to a good bloody mary mix but you want it to be a lot lighter. It doesn’t need all the intense spice (like horseradish) that a good bloody mary needs.

These are the basics I use for my Michelada mix and yes… that’s a jar of pickles.

ingredients for the Michelada recipe

Secret ingredient on the right.

I like to use Clamato juice for these because it has a lot of spices already in it and is savory and delicious. If you want to use normal tomato juice you definitely can but add some lemon juice, celery salt, salt and pepper, and a bit more hot sauce to the mix.

Clamato juice is a great base though so unless you are making a vegetarian version I recommend starting with it.

The pickle juice is kind of my secret ingredient. It doesn’t take much and you can’t even taste it specifically, but it rounds out all the flavors and gives it some salt and acid flavors without a lot of spice.

As you can see this is a lot thinner compared to my homemade bloody mary mix.

bloody mary Michelada recipe

Much lighter than bloody mary mix!

I made the recipe just enough for two large micheladas, but feel free to make a huge batch of this and keep it in the fridge until needed.

Salt Rim

Who doesn’t love a good salted rim on a cocktail? For this Michelada recipe I like to mix some Old Bay and celery salt in with my kosher salt for a rim salt mix.

salt - Michelada recipe

Custom salt

Just rub a lime along the rim of your glass and dip it in the salt!

Note that you’ll never use all the salt that’s in this recipe but you need enough to cover the bottom of a bowl so you can dip in the glass.

Michelada recipe from Macheesmo

Lime + Salt!

Making the Drink

This is easy stuff. Add some ice to a tall glass and add 1/3-1/2 cup of the michelada mix to the glass. Then pour in your beer! You probably won’t be able to fit all the beer in the glass unless you have a really big glass but you can add more beer as you drink it. Most restaurants will serve the extra beer on the side and you can do the same!

I actually used a much better beer for this than needed. I used a pale ale from New Belgium brewing called Shift. You can use any light lager in the world though. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light… you get the idea.

Fill 'er up! Michelada recipe from Macheesmo

Fill ‘er up!

Man these are good.

Michelada Recipe ~ Macheesmo

Yes, please.

If you’ve never had one of these before, go grab the stuff before the holiday weekend and make these.

They crush the heat!

Anybody a Michelada fan? Leave a comment!

19 comments on “The Michelada

  1. I lived in Mexico for the better part of a year and enjoyed many a michelada. They are very common in the summer months down there. Everyone drinks them (Men, women, and some children!). They are kind of an acquired taste, but in general if you like a bloody mary and you like beer, I’d give them a shot!

    This is exactly how they were made for me down there. Good work Nick!

  2. Nick – What kind of pickle juice–sweet, dill, sour, bread & butter??
    (Tucson, AZ)

  3. hmmm…this certainly sounds interesting!! I can see how it might be refreshing! I will have to give it a try sometime!

  4. I have heard about them before but they just sound like a bar accident to me. But then again, I’ve only ever finished one Bloody Mary so I’m not the biggest fan to start with.

    1. Not a bloody mary. Very light. Only please use a good mexican beer, like corona or even a Texas Shiner pale amber ale. I do not like bloody marys. I love love love micheladas. A Texas staple.

  5. Recent native new yorker expat now living in Mexico- Michelada’s are amazing- i’ve never heard of dill juice being used, since finding pickles in mexico is next to impossible. So it’s an interesting take on it, I will have to try this version, i love dill pickles, especially my moms homemade ones. Anyways, Michelada’s are for the people who love bloody mary’s, if you love them you will love these.

  6. I’ve been drinking them all my life (60). Started out just Red Beer, tomato juice and beer. Now the favorite recipe; 3 grinds Himalayan pink salt in the bottom of a 20 oz. refrigerated mug. Juice of one half lime. 2 good dashes of Tabasco. 1 inch of low sodium V-8. Roll in your beer of choice down the side of the mug so it foams real well. It’s the first beer when I get home after the work day. Sometimes the second too! So-o refreshing!

  7. LOVE Micheladas (I live in the Desert Southwest), but I always feel like the ratio of ingredients is off when I get one at a bar. Your recipe looks perfect…including the choice of beer. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. I almost make it exactly the same, but I also use Maggi. And instead of pickle juice I use jalapeno juice. I use tomato paste and beef broth instead clamato. It’s fucking GREAT!

  9. I give you my word, I won’t make a dime promoting this product, but it’s SOOOOO good! Don Robertos Michelada Mix is a liquid mix of lime juice and spices that has a “single-drip top” so you can drip in as little or as much as you want (… go ahead … experiment!) into your beer glass, before pouring in your beer of choice. I prefer a lager or a Pilsner style beer, and I don’t imagine this Michelada mix working with anything heavier (like a stout, f’rinstance). But if you enjoy: A: a Bloody Mary, or B: a cold beer with a bit of a KICK to it, … I’m betting you’ll like Don Robertos Michelada Mix. I’ve purchased it in my home town of San Antonio, Texas (where it’s made!) and I usually tip in 15 drops of this stuff with a 12 oz. beer. You might like less, you might like more … but with this little 8 ounce bottle, you can control the amount of spicy Michelada with each beer! I think it’s a winner. I pay about 6 bucks a bottle for it, and that’s going to spice up at least 25 or more beers for me, when I feel like a spicy beer. Think about it: beer, lime juice, red spicyness (sp?) … it’s a delightful and refreshing alternative to “plain old beer” and it’s a lot less expensive than a Bloody Mary. I’m a professional writer. I usually express myself pretty well in text. But I don’t work for the folks who make Don Robertos MM. I just really like their product, and I recommend it to anyone I know who drinks beer and wants to spice things up a bit. Cheers! Stephen

  10. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Micheladas take me back to my days growing up in Mexico. For the best michelada recipe that’s closest to home for me, I stick with modelo or corona mixed with Lava bloody mary mix and some limes. That’s it! The Lava bloody is perfect straight out of the bottle and has a subtle kick. Best bloody mary in my opinion.

  11. This recipe is fairly close to mine but I use olive juice. If you like the pickle juice (which I’m going to try next time I mix up a batch) you might also enjoy trying olive juice. I have had quite a few micheladas and one day some friends invited us to a bar that we have never gone to and they had a special on micheladas so I was in. the first one was good and a little different than I had previously had and when I got down in the glass I found olives. I ordered another and it wasn’t the same and not as good, no olives, so I asked for some. The waiter took it back to the bar and brought it back with extra olives and juice added. That was the trick! When I went back they didn’t make them the same way and the bartender who had wasn’t there any more. That set me out on a quest to create my own perfect recipe … still working on it. Thanks for the ideas.

    1. Interesting Daniel! I love a good dirty martini so I’ll definitely be trying this next time. Never thought of it. Thanks for the idea!

    2. Not a bloody mary. Very light. Only please use a good mexican beer, like corona or even a Texas Shiner pale amber ale. I do not like bloody marys. I love love love micheladas. A Texas staple. Real micheladas do not have olives.

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