Do you prefer salty to sweet? Is a Bloody Mary your preferred brunch drink? Then let me introduce you to your new favorite afternoon cocktail, the Michelada.
I was introduced to this cocktail last year by my mother and her "ladies who love to brunch" and it has quickly become a family favorite. It is made with tomato juice and my favorite beer, Coronas, along with lime juice and spices and seasonings. It's light and refreshing and salty and satisfying. Delicious on a warm summer day while the barbecue is warming up...
The recipe below is enough for 2 people to have a few glasses. If you are feeding 4 or more guests, feel free to double or triple the recipe. I do not add ice to the pitcher, but I pour it over ice in a glass so it doesn't dilute as easily as it's already watered down by the tomato juice.
Many Michelada recipes call for Clamato instead of tomato juice. I've made it both ways and honestly the Clamato is delicious (it's lighter than tomato juice and adds a hint of extra flavor) but I just prefer the tomato juice because I like the consistency better.
This recipe also calls for Maggi seasoning which is a new ingredient for me. It's a salty liquid seasoning similar to soy sauce or Worcestershire and usually found in the International aisle at most supermarkets. The bottle is small, dark brown and square with a yellow label. It took me a while to find it the first time!
Two ingredients are modifiable in my opinion. The lime juice and the Tabasco. I have two amounts below for each. Start with the lower amount and taste then adjust if needed.
I hope you give it a try…
2 bottles pale Mexican lager (12oz each) like Corona
18 ounces tomato juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Maggi seasoning
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco
For the Rims:
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
In a pitcher, combine the beer, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi seasoning and 1/4 cup of the lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon of Tobasco. Mix and taste.
If you prefer a little more lime, add the other 1/4 cup of lime juice. If you prefer a little more spicy, add the other 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco.
Combine the Kosher salt and chili powder on a small plate. Take a pint glass and rub a lime wedge around the rim then dip the wet rim in the salt mixture.
Fill the glass with ice and then fill with Michelada.