A beer cocktail?!? Yes you heard right. It’s a traditional Mexican drink and it’s named Michelada. I’m not sure if it’s a Michelada or the Michelada, but a name like that just begs to be associated with me – Michaeleen. It’s “Micha-” up front and “-lada” (as in a cool refreshing summer drink) in its finish. It’s also got lime and hot sauce in it – two things I think are indispensable in this life.
I’ll just say up front that if you’re expecting a beer, this isn’t it. And if you’re not the experimental type you probably shouldn’t bother. This is a cocktail unlike any other I’ve encountered. I first had one of these at the restaurant Rosa Mexicano with an order of fried queso and roasted poblano peppers; it was a palate match made in Mexican heaven!
Here’s the recipe. Try one before the summer is over.
1 lime wedge
rim seasoning (chile powder, salt, lime seasoning)
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 dash hot sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 12-oz. Mexican lager (Dos Equis, Tecate, Corona, etc…)
- Run lime wedge around the rim of the glass to moisten it.
- Pour rim seasoning onto a small plate, then dip the rim of the glass in the seasoning.
- Fill glass with ice, then add lime juice*, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
- Add beer, sprinkle with a pinch more seasoning and imbibe!
* I also like to toss in the lime wedge for extra color and flavor.
[Confidential to Carin: Bon Appetit says that you can get a great one at El Chile Cafe y Cantina in Austin!]