The Refreshing Mexican Drink That Rules
Do you want your guests to enjoy a refreshing and authentic Latin beverage? Offer them a michelada. This Mexican drink, that now is recognized as one of the typical Hispanic drinks, can be prepared with beer as a base, lemon, salt and a concoction of ingredients that give it a spicy kick.
In the majority of South American countries we make this drink without the spicy sauce, Maggi seasoning, tabasco sauce, clamato or the English sauce that many in Mexico use to prepare it.
I first tried this drink in Colombia where we prepare them with lemon, salt and beer only. But when my husband and I traveled to Mexico we fell in love with the real deal. My husband “el gringo” said to me: “a meeeche… what?” when he heard me ordering one at our resort.
- 1 12-Oz beer
- 2 limes quartered (preferably Key limes)
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 dash Tabasco sauce
- 1 dash soy sauce
- Black pepper
- Coarse salt
- Maggi seasoning
How to Prepare:
1. Rub the rim of a glass with a wedge of lime.
2. Pour salt on a bowl wide and deep enough to dip the glass rim you just rub with lime juice.
3. Squeeze the limes and pour the juice in the glass.
4. Add Worcestershire, Tabasco, soy sauce, pepper and Maggi and mix.
5. Pour the beer and enjoy!
I learned by researching the origin of the michelada that If you drink beer with lemon, that is called a chelada.
But, where does this drink come from? Many say the name comes from its inventor, Michel Esper, who created the spicier version of this drink at the Club Deportivo in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. Others believe the name evolved from the saying mi chela helada or my ice-cold beer.
Keep in mind there is not one way to prepare this drink, there are many recipes and they vary even from one state, or even town in Mexico to another. So, try several recipes while enjoying a piece of Hispanic culture.