Have you ever had a Michelada? It’s kind of the best drink ever. I had one a few years back at Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg and ever since then I’ve been completely obsessed. With Labor Day Weekend upon us I thought it would be the perfect time to pass along the recipe for my favorite summertime drink. It’s like a savory margarita minus the tequila- essentially a beer mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, lime, and a few other goodies. It’s downright delectable with chips and dip, burgers and dogs, and any other kind of summer fare you can dream up. And for this lightweight, I can drink a few before things start to get fuzzy : ).

I hope your weekend looks like the photo above! We’re crossing our fingers for perfect beach weather. Here’s to the end of summer! xx

The Michelada adapted from Food52
makes 4 drinks

  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • sea salt, for garnish
  • one 6oz can tomato juice
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon Tabasco or preferred hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (optional)
  • 2 12oz bottles or cans of beer (Modelo is ideal)
  • several handfuls of ice cubes

Prepare the glasses: rub the rims of four tall glasses with the lime wedges then coat the rims with sea salt.

In a bowl or measuring cup, combine the tomato juice, lime juice, salt, Worcestershire and Tabasco (or desired hot sauce) and mix well. Adjust seasoning to taste. Add a handful of ice to each of the prepared glasses, then divide the tomato juice mixture between them (each should have approximately 4 tbsp). Top up the glasses with half a bottle of beer each, then garnish with a lime wedge. I like to add a little more juice to my beer so it’s more strongly flavored, but feel free to follow these instructions or make it however you like.

  1. La Torontoise

    Have a great long weekend!
    The Canadian one is on adother day:-)

    Love this coctail; I’m a fan of any tomato-lime combination!
    Never heard of this one before but will give it a try; hot summer looks like the besttime for it.
    All the best!

  2. These look tasty! I’ll be going to our first college football game of the season - go ucla! These look like the PERFECT tailgating drink!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Toasted Sparkle

  3. Vanessa Carbonell

    This is THE hangover cure in Latin America. We also have ”Chelada” which I prefer, that omits the tomato juice and is lots and lots of fresh squeezed lime juice, tabasco, salt pepper and worcestershire. The mix usually comes up to half the glass and you keep refilling it with beer. Yumm you should also look for tajin a mexican condiment that you can rim the glasses with, its a mix of lime, salt, and chile! Delish!

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