Michelada Recipe

Michelada is a beloved drink with a bright and tangy flavor; it balances sweetness, tartness, and savory notes from ingredients like Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. The article below will show you how to make a delicious Michelada glass to enjoy at home. 

The Michelada has its origin in Mexico in the mid-20th century. Its name is the combination of two Spanish words: “mi” (my) and “chela” (slang for beer); when translated, it means “my cold beer.”

According to a history story, a local bartender created the Michelada cocktail; he got inspired by seafood flavors mixed with beer and tomato juice (Clamato), lime, and spices. This drink is named “La Chelada” for the first time with a simple recipe including beer, lime juice, and salt. Over time, it evolved into the Michelada with additional ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and spices to enhance the drink’s complexity and flavor.

Today, the recipe typically has lime juice, hot sauce (such as Tabasco or Valentina), Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and spices like chili powder or Tajín.  The Michelada is a beloved drink for summer days, especially when savoring Mexican food. The savory, spicy, and sour flavor can delight your mouth and quench your thirst.

Michelada Recipe 

Michelada Recipe

Michelada Recipe 

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 drink


  • Beer mug or Pint glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon


  • 1 Mexican beer e.g., Corona, Modelo, or Sol
  • 1 Fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 1-2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 dashes Hot sauce e.g., Tabasco or Valentina
  • 2-3 ounces Tomato juice or Clamato
  • Tajín or chili powder
  • A lime wedge cucumber slices, pickled jalapeños, olives (for garnish)
  • Ice cube


  • Use a small lime wheel or wedge to run around the rim of the glass to moisten it.
    A lime wedge
  • If you want the drink to have extra spice, rim the glass with Tajín or chili powder instead of salt (optional).
    Tajín or chili powder, Coarse salt
  • Pour the fresh lime juice into the glass.
    1 Fresh lime juice
  • Add 1-2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce for spicy flavor and tomato juice or Clamato for rich tomato flavor.
    1-2 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 2-3 ounces Tomato juice or Clamato, 1-2 dashes Hot sauce
  • Put ice cubes and slowly pour the beer into the glass.
    Ice cube, 1 Mexican beer
  • Stir the mixture for 10-15 seconds to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge, cucumber slices, pickled jalapeños, or olives, if desired.



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Fresh ingredients are always the first criterion. Opt for fresh lime juice instead of bottled lime juice; it can not give you the brightness and natural tartness as the fresh one.
  • Rim the glass with salt or mix with Tajín for a more complex flavor.
  • Balance is the key to success with Michelada; adjust the ingredients: lime juice, hot sauce,
  • Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt to have a harmonious balance and suit your taste.
  • Mexican beer is always a good choice for this drink; you can opt for Corona, Modelo, or Pacifico for the best result. 
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How does Michelada taste? 

A Michelada is a refreshing beer mixed drink with a unique flavor profile of sweet and sour notes with savory and spicy elements.  It has the tangy and bright flavor of fresh lime juice, the light and crisp beer flavor, the savory Worcestershire sauce, the subtle spicy hot sauce, and a  burst of saltiness from salt or Tajín. All of them complement others’ flavors and enhance the overall taste.

Is a Michelada like a Bloody Mary?

A Michelada and a Bloody Mary have the same flavor of  savory and spicy, but they differ in some ways: 

CriteriaA Michelada A Bloody Mary
Base ingredientBeer, typically a light Mexican one. Vodka and tomato juice. 
Flavor A bright and tangy flavor.  Has a beer-centric taste.Rich tomato flavor.
Consistency Light, carbonated.Thick and non-carbonated.
Base alcoholBeer, which is lower in alcohol content.Vodka, which is higher in alcohol content.

Michelada is great when enjoyed on warm days or at outdoor gatherings; it is also a good choice for brunch or as a beer alternative.  Feel free to customize the cocktail to your taste by adjusting the amount of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and tomato juice to get the desired flavor profile.