How to Make a Michelada Beer Cocktail

by Billy Broas

Take a trip south of the border with the Michelada* beer cocktail. I love the taste of these. It’s a beer with a spicy kick and refreshing dash of lime.

*It’s pronounced “mee-chay-lah-dah”, not “mick-e-lah-dah” as I call it in the video. Thanks to Mitch and Bill for pointing this out. Can you tell I never took Spanish?

Here’s how you make it:


  • 1 lager (a craft beer is recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Optional – replace 6 oz of the beer with 6 oz of Clamato


  1. Mix the salt and chili powder together in a bowl
  2. Rub the lime around the rim of the glass
  3. Salt the rim by pushing it down into the bowl with the salt/chili powder mixture
  4. Pour in the beer
  5. Add the Worcestershire and hot sauce
  6. Squeeze in any remaining juice in the lime and drop it in


Have you had a Michelada? Were you brave enough to try the Budweiser Chelada?

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BrianJ | Online Business Blogger May 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Dude… I tried the Budweiser one and it was worse than vomit… I’m glad you posted this, I’ll give it a try.

It’s noon here… I’m going to go grab a Patricia and try one out… I’ll let you know the results in the next couple of hours.
.-= BrianJ | Online Business Blogger´s last blog ..Funny Friday – “What do you mean there are 4 boxes of Twinkies in his desk?” =-.


Uncle Ted May 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Awsome Billy – I’m salivating at the thought. I will attempt a michelada this weekend. Thanks!


BrianJ | Online Business Blogger May 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Well, the Michelada got 1 thumb up and 1 thumb down in my household…

I made it with a Patricia Lager… and followed your recipe.

I really liked the chili powder/ salted rim… But the actual drink I wasn’t a fan of… My wife Chrystal on the other hand thinks it’s very tasty… So, I’ll be having her reference your recipe when she wants one next…
.-= BrianJ | Online Business Blogger´s last blog ..Funny Friday – “What do you mean there are 4 boxes of Twinkies in his desk?” =-.


Mitch May 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I recommend using Valentina for your hot sauce (If you can find it) it’s more authentic and follows the same principal of better ingredients = better beverage.


Bill Reals May 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Nice Video, I got turned on to those in Puebla when I was living there a few years ago. It’s pronounced “mee-che-lada”, with che pronounced like che in cheese, not mick-e-lada or mich-e-lada.

Good call on Corona, I’m not a fan unless I’m in a place where I can’t trust the water and then Corona is acceptable.
.-= Bill Reals´s last blog ..Rye IPA based on Denny Conn’s recipe with some changes =-.


Billy Broas May 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

@Brian Yea the Bud one is baaad. I went easy on it. Sorry you didn’t like the homemade one. Maybe you can go with the rim recipe and tweak the drink to get it where you want it. Some people love it with the tomato juice or clamato. At least you have lovely Patricia…

@Ted Let me know what you think. I’m going to make another one as well. Maybe even turn up the heat ; )

@Mitch I’ll give Valentina a shot, thanks!

@Bill Yea Mitch pointed out my name butchering on Twitter. Doh! That’s the thing about video. You can’t just hit the edit button and make yourself not sound like a doofus. I’ll add the pronunciation to the text though.

Glad you like them too. Here’s to using good beer unless our health is at stake!


Jorge July 1, 2010 at 11:22 am


Nice video… I would actually pronounce it “mee-shell-lah-dah”…
If you are in the south part of Mexico you’ll get something close to what you’re making, but they use Clamato or V8 juice (Great for hangovers)…

However, if you are in the north part of Mexico, you’ll get just lime juice at the bottom and a salt rim… They call those Cheladas down south…

The version you are making I believe is actually a Cuban recipe…

In Mexico the beers they normally serve for Micheladas is either Tecate, Pacifico, Corona or Modelo light…


rick August 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I have a different recipe and I will definitely have to try yours, but i wanted to share mine.

Start off by placing lime juice on the rim of the mug. On a small flat plate place salt and pepper. I recommend using kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper and coat the rim of the mug.
Top the mug with ice. Add a splash of Worcestershire, tobasco, A-1 steak sauce, and aromatic bitters. Add the juice of one whole lime. Add 3 oz. of Clamato Juice. Add a dash of mild horseradish, salt, pepper, and celery salt. Top with a light lager. (the celery salt really makes it awesome)


Dustin April 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I don’t mind the Bud Chelada but they aren’t great. I like some type of tomato juice (V8, Bloody Mary Mix, etc) in mine also. I just mixed one up with a small squeeze of Grey Poupon because I wanted some horse radish but didn’t have any straight HR in the fridge. It wasn’t bad. I have never heard of adding pepper to the salt. That is a killer idea. Thanks.

On a hot day, a Michelada doesn’t give me heartburn where beer sometimes can. It sounds like it should be the opposite.


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