Micheladas: The Bloody Mary BEER!

Micheladas: The Bloody Mary BEER!

The Mexican Bloody Mary

Micheledas have been called the ‘Mexican Bloody Mary.’ Here in the states Bloody Mary’s are often considered a hangover remedy, therefore today’s beer school will begin with: Bloody Marys—do they cure hangovers? 

In my non medical training opinion. 100% yes! I have tested this theory many times! And it has only failed me once. And that was the morning after I had like 75 Heady Toppers. Nothing but time and sleep was gonna help me that day.

Will A Michelada Cure a Hangover?

So how do Bloody Marys make a hangover feel all better?

  • One theory is it’s all in the mix. The mix gives you electrolytes, water, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. All things that help cure or prevent a hangover. 
    • The website with this information also gave some fun recipes and tips to make the perfect Bloody Mary. Serious Eats
  • Another theory has to do with the vodka (or beer). A hangover starts once your body has gotten rid of all alcohol.  Sooo…having some alcohol, can help delay the hangover, because you have alcohol in you again. 
    • The website with this information also said you should probably not drink anymore alcohol because your liver is already being overworked. After Drink

So, with both of those theories, you can make the best choice for you.

How to Make a Michelada

Now, onto micheladas. What exactly is it? It’s basically exactly what you think it is. A beer bloody mary. And much like Bloody Marys you can create all sorts of combinations.

Michelada with Tripping Animals Beer

A quick and easy recipe is:

  • A Mexican Lager. Modelo is a great go to, but I wanted to keep it craft and local, so I went with No Mames from Tripping Animals in Doral, FL right near Miami. 
  • You also need Lime
  • Tomato Juice (or mix) &
  • Hot Sauce (optional if you used spicy mix)
  • Some will also add Worchester sauce or soy sauce.
  • I highly recommend adding a rim. You can use salt, or tajin. My go to is the Bad Ass rub from Hop Barons. It’s spicy with a hint of sweetness.  Hop Barons Link to Bad Ass rub.
  • And of course: garnish! The more the top of a bloody looks like a meal, the better is. Bacon, blue cheese stuffed olives, pickles, celery….go crazy. 

The Origin Story of the Michelada

*Side note before going into this. Cerveza is beer in spanish, however chelada is Mexican beer. Think Mexican lager, or beer with salt and lime. 

The Micheleda started in Mexico and has definitely gained some popularity in the states, and not just on Cinco De Mayo. Why call it ‘Michelada?’ One theory is this started by simply combining the Spanish words, my, beer, and frozen, which translates to mi-chelada-helada. Michelada. 

Another theory has some actual history to it going back to the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s. It is believed there was a Mexican general that, after battles, would often order a beer with lime and hot sauce for himself and his soldiers. This general was named August Michel, so combine his last name with beer, or chelada, and you get Michelada. 

JB with a Michelada
JB made a Michelada from a kit. Link below.

Pre-Made or Home Made?

Back in 2007 Miller and Budweiser both made attempts at creating this beer cocktail. While these can still be found, I think this is a style that is best served fresh. You can also find kits to make your own, such as https://store.twang.com/

So to sum up this mini healthy beer school, my last word of advice/opinion is if you haven’t tried one, it’s definitely worth giving it a shot. Worst case, you need a glass of water and you get some vitamins in you. Best case… you fall in love and get some vitamins in you. AND you find an acceptable form of beer to drink before noon. SALUD! CHEERS! 

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About the Author
Lauren, "The Hoppy Mommy" is our self-proclaimed Disney beer expert. She is a Florida native who is often found drinking at the most magical place on Earth, the beach, or a local brewery. From German imports that follow the Reinheitsgebot laws, to local craft beer, she is helping us find all the best brews throughout Disney World, and Central Florida. She is also half of our spinoff podcast, 'Hops GEEK News.'

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