When it comes to beer cocktails, Mexico is the master. The nation is responsible for the Michelada.
But in Mexico, where the cocktail is mixed right, it’s one of the most popular drinks. And that sentiment is reflected in the name alone.
What’s in the name?
If you break down the syllables of this beer cocktail, the way it got its name becomes clear. According to Meehan’s Bartender Manual, “The word micheladacombines chela (slang for ‘beer’) with ada from helada (‘cold’) with mi (‘mine’), yielding ‘my cold beer.’”
Clearly, there’s affection for this drink when the idea of “mine” is worked into the name.
So, what’s in the drink?
There are many varying recipes for Micheladas, in fact stateside there are even entire bars dedicated to mixing this drink. Beer and lime juice are always part of the mix. Tomato juice, Maggi Seasoning (a soy sauce-like sauce), Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce are also often added to the cocktail. And a salt and chili powder combo often lines the rim of the drink. Bon Appetit has a recipe that swears will convert all the haters.
Whichever recipe you choose, just make sure you try it this summer. This spicy beer cocktail will refresh you on the hottest of days (because remember, spicy foods actually cool you down).
We’re now serving Micheladas at Jack’s Bistro and Famous Bagels. Come in and try one today!
Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels
5050 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93103