The Michelada, a cerveza preparada, tastes amazingly refreshing. There are several styles of Michelada that can be found in various parts of Mexico, and it’s unclear where the name originated. One story refers to a man named Michel who drank his beer over ice with lime juice like a glass of lemonade, while another attributes the “chela” part of the name to a slang term for a “cold one” (mi chela helada.)
In the U.S., the Michelada is commonly made with Clamato juice, chile sauce, lime juice and a splash of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. While I love the taste of Clamato, I can’t get over the fact that it is still made with high fructose corn syrup. Combine that with the calories in the beer and the wheat in the soy sauce and I begin to lose my taste for this delicious beer cocktail.
Instead of giving up on the Michelada, we decided to make it lighter and healthier. You may want to use a Mexican light beer such as Tecate Light or Corona Light, but we simply used Miller Light. We started with a light beer and went from there. I think I may have poured a little heavy on the spice the first time I mixed one, but once that was corrected, our healthy Michelada proved to be a perfect treat for the end of a long day. (That says a lot, since I don’t really like beer.) If you’re planning a Super Bowl party or a casual get-together, the enjoyable Michelada can be the star of your celebration. We suggest serving them at your very own Healthy Hot Dog Bar.
(Makes 1 Michelada)
1 bottle light beer
1/2 cup Spicy V8 (there’s no high-fructose corn syrup in it)
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. clam juice (optional)
2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
2 splashes tamari (wheat-free soy sauce)
2 splashes hot sauce (Tabasco, Cholula, Tapatio or Valentina)
1 tbsp. Tajin seasoning (to coat the rim of the glass)
lime juice (to wet the rim of the glass)
1. Wet the rim of a tall beer glass with lime juice. Spread the Tajin in a saucer and place the beer glass upside down in the saucer. Twist the glass until the rim is generously coated with Tajin.( Tajin is usually found in the produce department.)
2. Into a tall beer glass, pour the light beer. It’s okay if it foams because the V8 will quickly calm the suds.
3. Add the Spicy V8, clam juice, lime juice and soy sauce.
4. Stir it up and take a sip of the Michelada to determine how much more heat you want to add to your cocktail. Add a splash or two or three of hot sauce. Stir again. If you believe the lemonade story, go ahead and add some ice.
5. Garnish with lime slices, and if you desire, add some cooked shrimp. many people do. Enjoy this cerveza preparada on the light side!
Note: if you are eating gluten free, try one of the new wheat-free beers whether it’s light or not. There are several on the market.