How To Make A Perfect Summertime Michelada

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor parties, but, sometimes, those aforementioned outdoor parties can get a little out of hand. And by out of hand, I mean that you probably baked in the sun and had, like, eight too many margaritas. Sounds like it's time to learn how to make a Michelada. Why's that, you ask? Because even though this still packs a boozy punch, it's also a hangover cure some people swear by.

A little background on your new favorite drink — Micheladas are a Mexican "cerveza preparada," or beer cocktail, made with lime, sea salt, and spices. Essentially, they taste similar to a Bloody Mary — except they're made with Mexican beer instead of vodka.

The cool part about Micheladas is that they are super versatile. They can be prepared with tomato or clam juice. You can also get creative with additives like Worcestershire, hot sauce, soy sauce, chilies and other spices. You can make them individually in a glass, or for a group in a big pitcher. You can even make a Michelada bar for your next party.

I'm starting to feel like Dr. Seuss, but when it comes to Michelada-making, the world is literally your oyster.

Here's how to make a Michelada, adapted from this recipe by The Kitchn.

What you'll need for one drink:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder and cayenne pepper
  • Juice of half a lime, plush a wedge for garnish
  • 2 dashes Tabasco (add more, if desired)
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces Dos Equis

How to make a Michelada:

Combine your dry spices in a bowl. Rub your lime wedge around the rim of a chilled glass, and dip into salt. Fill your glass with ice, lime juice, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. Top with beer, and serve immediately.

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