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Michelada (Mexican spicy beer cocktail)

(Mexican spicy beer cocktail)

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Cervezas preparadas, or "prepared beers," are popular throughout Mexico. What goes in a michelada varies by region, but the simplest version uses lime juice and hot sauce to give beer a spicy, tangy kick. Pair a michelada with a hot bowl of pozole, and you have the perfect hangover cure. Sometimes called a chelada, the name is Mexican slang for "my chilled one."

1 serving


  • Mexican beer -- 1 (12-ounce) bottle or can
  • Lime (preferably Key lime), cut into wedges -- 1
  • Bottled hot pepper sauce -- 2 dashes
  • Worcestershire sauce -- 1 dash
  • Fresh ground black pepper -- pinch


  1. Fill a tall beer glass with ice cubes. Squeeze the lime wedges into the glass and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and pepper.
  2. Pour in the beer, stir and serve.

Michelada Variations

  • Micheladas are usually made with a light pilsner like Corona, but you can use a dark beer like Negra Modelo if you prefer.
  • To rim the glasses: Mix 2 tablespoons of coarse or kosher salt and 1 tablespoon of chili powder. Wet the rims of the beer glasses with a wedge of lime and dip the rims into the chili salt.
  • Tomatoey Michelada: Like a beery Bloody Mary. Add 1/2 cup Clamato or tomato juice to the above recipe.
  • Other possible additions: A dash of soy sauce or Maggi seasoning; a shot of tequila.


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