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Summer is nearly here, and you know what that means– it’s soccer season! With so many exciting soccer matches on TV right now, Kyle and I love throwing watch parties with all our closest friends. In my experience, no party is complete without a self-serve drink station, and my new go-to is a DIY Michelada Bar. Guests can customize their drinks, which is always fun, and feed themselves with yummy finger foods at the same time. Aside from Clamato® Tomato Cocktail (it’s an essential!), you can customize your Michelada Bar with whatever Mexican lager or toppings you already have in your fridge. From bacon to cheese cubes, the sky’s the limit!
In case you’re clueless (and, honestly, I had no idea until recently), a Michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada, ie a classic Mexican beer recipe mixed with tomato juice and hot sauce. After seeing this authentic recipe from Ever in Transit, I tried my very first Michelada a few weeks ago. After a few sips, I was totally hooked. They’re delicious! Keep reading to learn more about what I always include in my DIY Michelada Bar plus a step-by-step tutorial for how to make the perfect Michelada!
DIY Michelada Bar
When crafting the perfect DIY Michelada Bar, it really comes down to personal preference. The must-haves are Clamato (my go-to authentic tomato cocktail), Mexican lager beer, limes, and hot sauce. Side Note: You’ll find all the ingredients for the perfect Michelada recipe listed below. As for toppings, I like to add pickles, salami-wrapped cheese, olives, pepperoncinis, shrimp, celery, and bacon into the mix. You’ll need skewers and toothpicks, as well, to handle the food.
The Perfect Michelada Recipe
If you’re wondering how to make the perfect Michelada, you’ve come to the right place! I found this awesome authentic recipe from Ever in Transit and tweaked it just a bit to make one of my favorite new summer cocktails. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions plus a printable Michelada recipe card.
For the Michelada Rim
A tasty Michelada rim is key! Before adding any liquid or ice, mix 3-4 tablespoons of Mexican seasoning with salt on a small plate. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim into the salt mixture. Store any leftover Michelada rim seasoning in a small mason jar for future parties.
For the Perfect Michelada
Fill the Michelada glass about 1/3 of the way with a little bit of ice and Clamato Tomato Cocktail. I love using Clamato because it’s an authentic tomato cocktail that’s perfect for spicing up all your parties and get-togethers. Plus, it makes a mean Michelada!
Next, add in 3-4 splashes of hot sauce, a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, 2 splashes of soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice or the squeezed juice of one average-sized lime. Fill the rest with your choice of cold Mexican lager beer.
Finally, add your favorite toppings! Personally, I love adding a little bit of everything to my Micheladas– including (but not limited to) celery, salami, cheese, pickles, pepperoncinis, and shrimp. I also like to toss in an extra pinch of Michelada rim seasoning on top.
The Perfect Mexican Michelada
If you love a good Bloody Mary, then you'll love this easy Michelada recipe! This delicious Mexican Michelada recipe is both an effective hangover cure and the perfect blend of savory, spicy, and tart. Make yours unique (and extra filling!) by garnishing with celery stalks, dill pickle spears, and/or a combination of your favorite skewer-friendly snacks, like shrimp, salami, cheese cubes, and pepperoncinis!
- Clamato Tomato Cocktail, chilled
- Mexican Lager Beer, such as Corona or Modelo
- 3-4 splashes hot sauce
- 2 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 splashes of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (or the juice of one average-sized lime)
- Mexican seasoning, such as Tajin, mixed with salt for the rim
For the Michelada Rim
- Mix 2-3 tablespoons of Mexican seasoning with salt on a small plate.
- Rub a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim into the salt mixture.
For the Mexican Michelada
- Fill the glass about ⅓ with the Clamato Tomato Cocktail and ice. Add in splashes of hot sauce, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.
- Fill the rest with cold beer.
- Garnish with Michelada toppings on skewers, celery, bacon, and/or a slice of lime.
- Add in extra salt, pepper, and/or Mexican seasoning for extra taste.
Where to Find It All
The best part? I ordered everything I needed to make the perfect Michelada online using Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup! If you’ve never tried it, it’s seriously so convenient, y’all! Just pull into a designated Pick-up spot in the Walmart parking lot, and they bring your groceries straight to your car. Plus, you can earn up to $7.50 on Ibotta when you purchase Clamato and beer! Snag that offer here!
Let me know if y’all have any questions about how to make the perfect Michelada! Trust me, if you’ve never had one, you’ll be hooked from here on out! Oh, and is anyone else excited for soccer season? Which team are you rooting for?
Really nicely done! Although right off the bat you lost me at Clamato. That stuff is just nasty and nasty for you. The best michelada mix I have found so far that works right out of the bottle is the lava michelada mix which is all natural, vegan, gluten free, and doens’t have preservatives or artificial ingredients. Best michelada hands down! https://drinklava.com/shop/lava-authentic-michelada-mix-buy-online-near-me/
Thanks so much, Bethany! I actually really like Clamato, but I’m super excited to try Lava now, too! Thanks for the recommendation!