Have you heard of a Michelada? It was new to me, but it’s basically a beer lover’s Bloody Mary. This savory, spicy and refreshing favorite makes an excellent thirst-quencher on a hot summer night. It’s obviously also the perfect drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
The Michelada boasts some of the classic flavors of a Bloody Mary such as tomato, lime and Worcestershire (we’re using a vegan version here today). However, it uses beer instead of vodka making this drink is a bit milder. There are a multitude of variations and if alcohol isn’t your thing, no worries. You can just swap it out a non-alcoholic version.
The Michelada is fizzy, citrus-y, a little bit spicy and served cold with lots of ice cubes. The glass is rimmed with a bit of celery salt. Celery seeds are fine if you don’t have celery salt. They are extremely tiny, just immensely magnified by my camera 🙂
I like to add a few stalks of celery for garnish and a skewer of Spanish olives, as I’m kind of obsessed with olives.
If you are vegan and concerned about choosing a vegan beer, a site I use constantly is Barnivore.com. I’m not at all affiliated in any way, but I really rely on the information they provide. It’s an awesome resource! iIf you cannot find a beverage in their database, they provide great instructions about contacting the winery/brewery to submit your favorite. I’ve recently done a few for them as well and encourage you to do the same!
Did you make this Michelada? What’s your twist on the drink? Let me know in the comments section below.
Michelada a/k/a the Beer Lover's Bloody Mary!
- 6 oz. Tomato Juice
- 1/4 c Lime Juice plus more for rimming the glass
- 1/4 tsp Celery Salt plus more for rimming the glass
- 1 tsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Hot Sauce to taste
- 12 oz Bottle of Vegan Beer use non-alcoholic if you'd prefer
- Ice Cubes, Celery Stalks and Olives for garnish
To prepare the glasses, simply rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge.
Immediately dip the glass into celery salt. I like to use a flat plate.
Combine the tomato and lime juice with the celery salt. Add the Worcestershire and hot sauce. Mix well to combine and adjust seasoning/hot sauce to taste.
Add ice to the prepared glasses, dividing the juice between them. Top off with the beer and garnish with celery, olive skewers, lime wedges, etc.