Michelada is a unique and refreshing beer cocktail for summer. It’s a beer version of Bloody Mary made with tomato juice, beer, and spices. Learn how to serve Michelada with 4 different fun garnishes this summer.
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This post first appeared on Imagelicious on May 22, 2017. It is now updated with more information and a video.
Contrary to common belief that all Russians drink vodka or at least some kind of hard liquor, this is not true. At least not for me.
If I had to drink something strong, Tequila would be the spirit of choice. I am not much of a cocktail drinker either.
I prefer savoury and bitter flavours to sweet. Something refreshing and easy drinking, like the Sparkling Campari Orange or Bloody Mary.
A few years ago at some all inclusive vacation I ordered Bloody Mary. It wasn’t good. It was strong, it was bitter (in a bad way). I couldn’t drink it. The bartender was good and asked me what was wrong. “Wait,” he said, “I’ll make you a different kind of Bloody Mary. You’ll like!”
And a few minutes later he presented me with another glass that looked eerily similar to the first that I refused. It tasted different. It tasted light, refreshing, delicious.
That was the first time I tried Michelada or a beer version of Bloody Mary. Since then I order it often on vacations.
How to make Michelada
Michelada is made with either clamato juice or tomato juice, although after some research online I found out that juice is actually optional. The base of the drink is beer with lime juice and various spices.
Some prefer more beer and less juice, some change those proportions. I love my Michelada to be half tomato juice and half light beer. I add juice of half a lime or lemon, a few dashes of tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and, of course, salt and pepper on the rim of the glass.
Ingredients to make Michelada Beer Cocktail
- Tomato juice (feel free to use Clamato juice if you’d like)
- Light beer for a light tasting Michelada or dark beer for a stronger Michelada Beer Cocktail
- Lemon juice or lime juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- Fun garnishes
Here I’ll show you how to serve Michelada with 4 fun different garnishes. Surprise your loved ones this Father’s Day with one (or more) of these refreshing drinks. It’s a drink and appetizer in one!
Shrimp Cocktail Michelada
Ingredients: cooked and peeled shrimp, cucumber, lemon zest.
Alternate the shrimp and chunks of cucumber on a wooden skewer. For a fun twist dip each shrimp into cocktail sauce. Serve with lemon.
Bacon & Eggs Michelada
Ingredients: crisp bacon, boiled egg, piece of toast.
Fry bacon to your desired doneness (I like mine super crispy). Boil eggs (use my method for super easy Instant Pot No Peel Hard Boiled Eggs). On a skewer add a small piece of toast, piece of bacon, quarter of an egg and repeat. Serve with a piece of crispy bacon.
Caprese Tomato Salad Michelada
Ingredients: cherry tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, basil, cucumber.
Alternate cherry tomatoes and bocconcini on a wooden skewer. To make this into a Caprese salad add some basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve with a long cucumber spear. If you love Caprese Salad, then you should try my One-Pot Caprese Macaroni and Cheese, it’s super delicious and easy.
Charcuterie & Cheese Michelada
Ingredients: mix of various deli meats, cheese cubes, rye bread, olives/pickles.
Add some rye bread and various deli meats and cubes of cheese to a skewer. Use different flavours and textures such as smoked cheddar, edam, gouda, oven smoked turkey and salami. For an authentic charcuterie taste spread some grainy mustard on the bread and add olives. Serve with spicy pepperette.
Do you have other ideas for fun garnishes? I’d love to hear them!!!
More drink recipes:
- Festive and refreshing Sparkling Campari Orange cocktail
- Refreshing Watermelon Mimosa (with non-alcoholic option)
- Sinfully Good Peanut Butter Iced Coffee
Basic Michelada Recipe
- On a saucer mix salt and pepper.
- Juice half a lime.
- Use the leftover lime wedge rub it all over the rim of the glass.
- Dip the rim of the glass in the salt and pepper mixture making sure that it gets all over the rim.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add tomato juice, lime juice, a few drops of tabasco, and worcestershire sauce.
- Top with beer.
- Add one of the 4 fun garnishes as described above and enjoy.