12 Michelada Recipes Perfect For Cinco de Mayo

Beer plus citrus, plus hot sauce, plus tomato juice equals instant summer refreshment.

When most people talk about a Michelada, they describe it as a Bloody Mary that's made with beer instead of vodka. That's a good starting point, but there's so much more to this Mexican drink. A Michelada (pronounced mee-che-LAH-dah), is a Mexican cocktail made with beer, lime juice and tomato juice or clamato (a blend of tomato juice and clam juice). And you can customize it however you want -- think hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce or even soy sauce, to start. Then turn your thoughts to the the wonderful world of garnishes.

The Michelada falls into the category of "cerveza preparada," which are Mexican beer cocktails. When you add hot sauce or additional seasoning, some people like to call the drink a Chelada. Whatever you call it, the Michelada is a super refreshing beverage that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Here are 12 Michelada recipes to try:

The Classic Michelada
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A Spicy Michelada
Spoon, Fork, Bacon
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A Michelada With Umami
Running with Tweezers
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The Macheesmo Michelada
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A Michelada Minus The Heat
Muy Bueno
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A Seaside Michelada
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A Dark Michelada
Taste for Adventure
Get the Dark Michelada recipe from Taste for Adventure
A Green Michelada
Amy V. Cooper/Stellar Gourmet Foods
Get the Stellar Green Michelada recipe from Stellar Gourmet Foods
A Healthy Michelada
Sprout & Pea
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A Classic Michelada With Clamato Juice
Honest Cooking
Get the Michelada With Clamato Juice recipe from Nancy Lopez-McHugh at Honest Cooking
A Lemony Michelada With Tomato Juice
Food Republik
Get the Lemony Michelada With Tomato Juice recipe from Food Republik
A Simple Michelada
Adam Rapoport from Food52
Get the Michelada recipe by Adam Rapoport from Food52

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