Micheladas: The Most Patriotic Beer Cocktail
Spice up your cerveza with this truly Mexican drink!
Love beer but want to try something a little different? Something with a little more flavor? Ready to step up you game, moving from tourist to local? Head to your favorite bar or restaurant in the Riviera Maya and ask for a michelada (mechay-lah-dah). This Mexican original fits perfectly with your favorite Mexican meal. It harmoniously blends with the flavors of traditional dishes, like chiles en nogada, and takes your taste buds for a delicious ride.
The michelada became popular in Mexico during the 1940s when people began to mix beer with spicy sauces. The story has two versions. The first has to do with Michel Esper, who was said to have invented the drink in the bar of a sports club in San Luis Potosí; with time, this preparation became known as a michelada in honor of its creator. Another version, which is simpler, says the name is no more than the contraction of the phrase mi chela helada, or, “my ice cold beer.” The word chela is another Mexican term for a beer.
With an intense flavor that is exotic to some, a true michelada should be prepared with beer, salt, lime juice, and salsa. You should prepare the glass by wetting the rim of the glass with lime, and sprinkle salt or pequin chile on top to give it a spicier touch. The michelada can vary depending on the type of beer that is chosen, whether that is Montejo, Modelo Especial, or Corona; as there is a large variety of styles and flavors, you are guaranteed to find a michelada that is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican food. Light beers help to refresh the palate and don’t distort the flavor of the dishes you are enjoying, which makes it the best to go with a cochinita pibil, for example.
If you are a lover of more full-bodied beers, dark beers with dark notes of chocolate and coffee, you will love pairing these with plates with a lot of flavor, such as mole.
In any case, you can’t miss out on enjoying a delicious michelada, an ideal companion to Mexican food.
Paulina Mérigo is a representative of Cervecería Yucateca. You can contact her at
Add shrimp for an extra tasty michelada! / / Helena Gómez