Easy Spicy Michelada (Mexican Beer Cocktail) Recipe
A classic Mexican beer cocktail, this Spicy Michelada recipe is a lighter version of a bloody mary that’ll go down super easy any time of the day! Now that football season is upon us, you’ll want to save this easy Michelada recipe for all of your viewing parties.
Have you heard of a Michelada? You might have seen this chelada recipe, which includes fresh lime juice and a Mexican beer. But, a michelada is a tad more complex. Probably the easiest way to describe a traditional michelada is a cross between a Bloody Mary and a red beer (two of my favorite drinks).
This Spicy Michelada recipe is in my cocktail book, Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails, and now I’m sharing it with you on the blog. YAY!
What is a Michelada?
Micheladas are a popular beer cocktail served throughout Mexico. They are a great way to elevate a Mexican beer with flavorful combinations that include tomato juice, fresh lime juice, and hot sauce for some spice.
Recipe ingredients & variations
This super easy beer cocktail requires just a handful of ingredients — V8 (or Clamato), fresh lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and the Mexican beer of your choice. It’s perfect for your Game Day gatherings.
Tomato Juice alternatives
If you can’t find or don’t like tomato juice, you can make a Michelada with Clamato juice, or your favorite store bought Michelada or spicy Bloody Mary mix.
In my opinion, the best michelada is made with fresh lime juice. Sure, you can use bottled if you like, but I promise fresh is best!
Worcestershire sauce alternative
Don’t like Worcestershire sauce? Another traditional option is Maggi sauce or soy sauce.
If you prefer a spicy Michelada, feel free add extra hot sauce. I prefer Tabasco, but feel free to use a Mexican hot sauce like Cholula or Tapatio.
Mexican beer options
Micheladas are typically made using a light Mexican beer, often a lager. My hubby prefers a dark Mexican beer, but I on the other hand often prefer a light Mexican beer. Feel free to use your favorite beer in this recipe.
Step up your cocktail game by rimming your serving glasses with Tajin, a chili lime salt mixture that is integral to my kitchen, and garnish with a stalk of celery for crunch and lime slice.
How to make
If you would like more visual stimulation, check out this video of me making a batch of delicious Spicy Micheladas! I show you just how simple this beer cocktail recipe is to make.
Remember to serve these refreshing beer cocktails with your favorite Mexican appetizers for a true Game Day treat!
Need more game day inspiration?
Check out these recipes:
- Mango Lime Beer Margaritas
- Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
- Queso Fundido with Chorizo
- Birria de Res
I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite way to enjoy a Michelada? Let me know in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram for more cocktail and food inspiration!
- Moisten rim of a beer glass with a lime wedge. Pour some Tajin fruit seasoning out onto a plate and rub the rim of the glass in the seasoning to coat.
- Put ice in glass. Pour lime juice, tomato juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and beer into the prepared glass and stir. Garnish with a celery stalk. Enjoy before the ice melts.
- If you prefer a spicy Michelada, feel free add extra hot sauce.
- Don't like V8? Try it with Clamato!
- You can use Maggi Seasoning or soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce.
Photography by Jenna Sparks
Originally published: January 2015. This recipe is also published in Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails