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Michelada

Updated February 23, 2016

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Amor Y Tacos

Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

On a hot day, the michelada is the most refreshing drink ever, though the combination of bitter beer, Clamato, spice, chiles, and lime might strike some as bizarre. To me it is the essence of Mexico: a searing beach, a shady palapa, and an ice- cold michelada in hand, giving one the strength to get through the afternoon. There are, of course, as many michelada variations as there are bartenders—and that’s before they start filling your glass with plump shrimp, encouraging you to down the drink even faster. Be sure to freeze the glass for the full effect.

Ground spice mixes made with chiles and salt, available at Mexican markets; pico de gallo is spicy, the other mild.

Makes1 drink

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Occasiongame day

Recipe Coursebeverage

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturehot & spicy, salty, savory, tart

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, beverage

Ingredients

  • Lucas spice or dry pico de gallo spice (see Notes)
  • 2 ounces Clamato juice
  • 5 dashes of Maggi seasoning
  • 5 dashes of Mexican hot sauce such as Cholula
  • 2 limes
  • Ice-cold Mexican beer

Instructions

Place a 12-ounce tumbler in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Rub the rim of the tumbler with a cut lime, and dip it in the Lucas spice. Add the Clamato and seasonings. Squeeze the limes directly into the glass. Top up with the beer.

Variations:

Omit the Clamato and seasonings and add the juice of 1 more lime.

Perfecta—add several plump, cooked shrimp to the glass. Drink the beer, eat

the shrimp.

Beer Diablito—substitute sangrita for the Clamato, add a dash of hot sauce.

Beer Limonada—salt the rim of the glass; mix beer with an equal amount of Fresca or Squirt; top with a squeeze of lime.

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