How to Make a Mexican Michelada

Leah Maroney
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings

Bloody Marys are a brunch staple for a reason! They are perfect any time of the year! Serve them for a holiday brunch or on a summer weekend. The tomato juice cures all! If anything will cure a hangover it's a greasy breakfast combined with the fresh punch of a tomato cocktail. This Mexican version is even easier to drink because it uses beer and tequila instead of straight vodka! 

This version also has a nice spicy kick to it! The lime juice also adds a nice zest that will compliment any spicy breakfast egg dish! This cocktail is a lot easier to drink than a regular Bloody Mary cocktail. It is a little lighter due to the addition of the Mexican Lager and doesn't have that thick tomato texture that some Bloody Marys have. It is kind of like how sangria is lighter than having a bottle of wine. Often recipes for Micheladas use Clamato juice instead of regular tomato juice. You can definitely use Clamato juice in this recipe if you wish, it is a bit saltier and even lighter than regular tomato juice!

If you want to add even more of a kick to this recipe, add a little cayenne to the salt rim or add a little bit to the tomato juice itself. You can also add some traditional celery salt or Worcestershire sauce to the tomato juice as well. This will make it taste more similar to the classic Bloody Mary. Or, for a more purist taste, try the stripped-down Chelada.

I like using Modelo Especial as the Mexican Lager in this recipe, however, you can use any Mexican Lager you wish. Other ones that work well are Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate, or Pacifico. 


  • 2 tablespoons of coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2/3 cup of V8 juice or other tomato juice mixture
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2/3 can of Mexican Lager (Corona, Modelo Especial, Dos Equis, Tecate, Pacifico)
  • 2 ounces of tequila (optional)
  • 4 drops of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Lime wedges for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Wet the rims of two cocktail glasses using sliced lime. 

  2. Mix together the coarse salt and chili powder in a low plate. Dip the rims of the glasses into the salt/spice mixture, completely coating each rim. 

  3. Fill each glass with ice. 

  4. In another container (preferably a measuring cup or cocktail shaker) mix or shake together the tomato juice, lime juice, tequila, and hot sauce until completely combined.  If you are adding celery salt of Worcestershire sauce you can add it at this time as well.

  5. Divide the tomato mixture between the two glasses. Top off each glass with the Mexican lager. Stir gently. Add the lime wedges as a garnish to the rim of each glass.