Wednesday, June 5, 2013


I wanted to make Moscow Mules over the weekend but I didn't have ginger beer.  I suppose I could have bought ginger ale from a local store but I find that too sweet, too low in carbonation and really meek in spicy ginger flavor that I love about ginger beer to begin with.  I much prefer ginger beer and only Cock 'n' Bull or Fever-Tree brands will do for me.  Unfortunately, because of where I live, those brands are at least half an hour away from me.  But that's neither here nor there...

In lieu of that, I decided to make Michelada, a Chelada's more dressed up cousin.  The difference, in case you're wondering, is the Chelada is a drink comprised of light beer with salt and lime. The addition of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and other spices is what elevates this to something a little more spicy and complex.  



I used a combination of ingredients and adjusted the seasoning afterwards with Tapatio and salt to complete the final product.

Any decent brew will do.  Don't use the good stuff here.

 It comes together in a snap, especially if you have a juicer for the celery.  Thereafter, it's just a matter of mixing thoroughly or blending the rest of the ingredients to your liking.  I refrigerated the mixture for at least an hour and poured about 6 ounces into a salt, cayenne and sugar rimmed glass.  I added ice 3/4 of the way up, squeezed half a lime over it and topped the thing with Negra Modela.  Stir briefly and serve.  Salud!

The final product.
 I used a dark Mexican beer for a couple of reason.  Typically, this drink is made with a lager or pilsner.  I don't really like either for their general lack of flavor, especially Mexican beer.  I wanted to taste the beer.  This is, after all, a beer drink and not a bloody mary.  That in mind, I wanted to use a beer (Mexican, to keep it traditional) that would also stand up to the dilution that the ice brings to the table.  All in all, it was a success.  The darker beer was definitely the better choice to stand up to the michelada mix - the one I put together anyway.    

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