Dressed up Mexican beer (Michelada)

By Pati Jinich


  • 1 beer mug, chilled
  • Kosher or sea salt for coating the rim
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice cubes, (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 beer, preferably Mexican, chilled
  • Dash of hot sauce like Tabasco, Cholula or Valentina (optional)
  • Dash of a salty sauce like soy sauce, Worcestershire or Maggi Sauce (optional)
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt (optional)


  1. Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of a chilled beer mug with the lime wedge and dip the rim gently into the salt to coat. Place the ice cubes, if using, into the mug. If making a basic michelada, add the lime juice on top of the ice, then pour in the beer.
  2. If making a michelada especial, salt the rim of a chilled beer mug as directed above, then place the optional ingredients, to taste, into the mug. Stir the mixture lightly then pour in the beer.

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