Homemade Modelo Micheladas are perfect for a hot summer day! Savory, salty clamato gets dressed up with the right amount of spice, zest from fresh lime, and of course, cold refreshing modelo beer. Consider this a Bloody Mary with a Mexican twist! If you love this michelada cocktail, you'll want to add a margarita azul, strawberry frosé, or peach sangria to your rotation, too!
Why This Recipe Works
- Super easy recipe: This is the best michelada recipe because of how easy it is to make. You will have your friends and family fooled thinking you spent more time than you did on this decadent drink because it’s so good!
- Full of flavor, delicious: This Homemade Modelo Micheladas is the perfect happy hour cocktail on a hot day because it’s chilled and full of delicious flavor. From the spices to the sauces, you will have an explosion of flavor with each sip! This cocktail is also the perfect, flavorful accompaniment to Mexican favorites like Chicken and Cream Cheese Taquitos!
- Customizable: You can make these cocktails are mild or spicy as you like. Prefer more beer? Add more! The options are endless.
- Clamato juice - Saltiness from clam juice mixed with tomato juice make a delicious base - this is traditional in michelada ingredients
- Worcestershire sauce - Adds another layer of savory flavor to the michelada cocktail.
- Tajin seasoning - To make a good michelada even better, use a chili lime seasoning blend that you can find with Latin ingredients in the grocery store.
A full list of ingredients with measurements is located on the recipe card, below.
- Worcestershire Sauce: If you don’t have or care for worcestershire sauce, a great way to substitute this ingredient is by using soy sauce instead. It will add a unique umami flavor!
- Hot sauce: Love spicy cocktails? To create an optimal spicy michelada, use your favorite bottles of hot sauce! Using Mexican hot sauce is common. Cholula and Tapatio work great!
- Beer: The best beer to use for this drink is a light one. You can use any light beer, like corona light, and it will work for this. Feel free to use your personal favorite.
- Seasoning: You can rim the glass with regular salt. Some people opt to use chili powder and/or sea salt too. You can opt out of a salted rim entirely if you prefer!
- Sriracha: Instead of classic tabasco sauce, use some sriracha sauce in these micheladas for a savory, spicy twist!
- Chipotle: Add pureed chipotles in adobo, or some chipotle chile powder for a smokey element to these cocktails.
Prep Work Before Cooking
Collecting all your ingredients - This will make cooking so much easier. Gather all the spices you will need, and keep them nearby.
- Using a wedge of lime, rim the glasses with lime juice. Dip the glass, lime juice side down, into a plate filled with tajin seasoning. Swish the glass around until the seasoning has adhered to the glass. Repeat for the other glass, and set aside.
- Squeeze a wedge of lime into each glass and leave the squeezed lime wedge in the glass.
- Add the worcestershire sauce, tabasco, and clamato to the glasses. Stir using a long spoon to combine. Add 3-4 ice cubes to the glasses.
- Top the cocktails off with modelo beer, serve, and enjoy your homemade Modelo Micheladas!
Add the beer right when you are ready to serve! You can prep the micheladas ingredients into individual glasses without ice. Add ice and beer when you are ready to serve!
If you are serving a crowd, make a pitcher of this clamato mixture. Pour into individual glasses, and serve by topping off with beer!
Make Ahead & Storage
Make Ahead Instructions
You can make the main drink mixture a few days in advance and store in the refrigerator. See storage details below.
Store in an airtight container or pitcher, and keep in the refrigerator for up to one to two weeks.
An authentic michelada recipe is a Mexican cocktail drink traditionally made with a cold beer, fresh lime juice, sauces, a lot of spices, and chili pepper. It’s often served in a chilled glass with salt on the rim of the glass. Some people refer to it as the Mexican bloody mary.
The classic michelada is said to be from Mexico. Which region of Mexico is unclear but it is vaguely speculated its origins are from central Mexico. There are a couple of origin stories floating around but regardless where it came from, these popular beer cocktails can now be found in various locations throughout Mexico and the United States.
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Homemade Modelo Micheladas
- 2 cups Clamato juice
- 4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 4 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce
- 2 12 oz bottles Modelo Especial beer
- ¼ cup Tajin seasoning
- 2 Limes juiced
- Using a wedge of lime, rim the glasses with lime juice. Dip the glass, lime juice side down, into a plate filled with tajin seasoning. Swish the glass around until the seasoning has adhered to the glass. Repeat for the other glass, and set aside.¼ cup Tajin seasoning
- Squeeze a wedge of lime into each glass and leave the squeezed lime wedge in the glass.2 Limes
- Add the worcestershire sauce, tabasco, and clamato to the glasses. Stir using a long spoon to combine. Add 3-4 ice cubes to the glasses.4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 4 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce, 2 cups Clamato juice
- Top the cocktails off with modelo beer, serve, and enjoy your homemade Modelo Micheladas!2 12 oz bottles Modelo Especial beer
- Add the beer right when you are ready to serve! You can prep the micheladas ingredients into individual glasses without ice. Add ice and beer when you are ready to serve!
- To serve a crowd: Make a pitcher of this clamato mixture. Pour into individual glasses, and serve by topping off with beer.