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Michelada – The Perfect Beverage To Pair On Cinco De Mayo

Michelada – The Perfect Beverage To Pair On Cinco De Mayo

May 5th is celebrated as Cinco De Mayo in the US and Mexico and is a day dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and cuisine. It’s not the Mexican Independence Day, as many people wrongly assume, but simply a day where you indulge in all things Mexican. At Gurgl, we couldn’t let the day go without suggesting one of Mexico’s well-kept secret beverage called Michelada.

Generally, Cinco De Mayo is celebrated with different types of tacos and beer is usually always around. But if you’ve ever wanted to move away from the usual lagers and pilsners, then Michelada is the beer cocktail you need to know about.

Michelada is made with beer, lime juice, chilli-based sauces and peppers, tomato juice and other assorted spices. It is usually served chilled in a salt-rimmed glass. But there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to making Michelada. Indeed, some of the other ingredients that are substituted in place of spices include Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce as well as local flavours such as Tajin and Clamato and even Maggi sauce.

Michelada, then, is a sort of hybrid cocktail that lies at the intersection of beer and a Bloody Mary. And if that combination doesn’t get your juices going, we don’t know what will.

Here’s a recipe for Michelada that you can try that doesn’t require you to go to Mexico.

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  • Tomato juice
  • Lime juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • hot sauce
  • Mexican lager beer
  • Spice mix


  • Cut up a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a glass.
  • Dip in a mix of salt and chilli powder.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes to chill it.
  • Add tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and a dash of chili powder.
  • Top up with your favorite beer. If you want to stay trendy, try Mexico’s Corona beer!
  • Stir it up and enjoy immediately.

Are you excited about trying a Michelada? If you do, let us know how it turned out in the comments below. Happy Cinco de Mayo to you.


Make the perfect Mexican summer drink that's also perfect for occasions like Cinco de Mayo
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beer cocktail, cinco de mayo, michelada
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 150 ml tomato juice
  • 4 grams chilli powder
  • 60 ml lime juice
  • 5 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 drops hot sauce
  • 5 drops soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ice cubes as required
  • beer of choice lighter ones are preferred over stouts


  • Mix together salt and chilli powder on a small plate
  • Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and coat it with the mixture of salt and chilli powder
  • Add tomato juice and lime juice and fill the glass with ice cubes
  • Add drops of Worcestershire, soy and hot sauces and any remaining chilli powder
  • Top it up with a beer of your choice
  • Stir all the ingredients together and drink immediately
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