Friday, May 1, 2009

Michelada Beer Cocktail

This drink, similar to a Bloody Mary, dates back to the 1940s, when mixing beer with hot sauce became popular in Mexico. The name for this cocktail comes from the slang term for an iced beer, "chela helada". This morphed word - Michelada roughly translates to "my cold beer".


12 oz Mexican Beer (Tecate, Dos Equis or Negro Modelo)
6 oz Clamato® or Tomato Juice
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 dashes Worcestershire® sauce
2 dashes Tabasco® sauce
dash of black coarse pepper
dash of sea salt


Mix all ingredients ingredients except beer together. Pour clamato mixture in a salt-rimmed margarita or rocks glass with lots of ice, then add beer and top with a lime wedge.

Baja Citris Marinade

Baja Citrus Marinade
The beer based citrus marinade works well with Beef, Pork and Lamb.

2 - 12 oz. Mexican Beers
1/3 cp fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp grated Orange Zest
2 tbls Red Wine Vinegar
2 tbls Soy Sauce
1/4 cp Canola Oil
1/2 cp Minced Onion
2 tbls Minced Garlic
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a blender, pureeing until onions and garlic are liquified. Reserve one cup for basting, and use remainder as a marinade for beef, pork or lamb. Use a shoulder or leg cut. Marinate meat for at least two hours for best flavor.

Darlene's Tips;
If you like it sweet add 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey.

To make it spicy add 2 chopped chipotle peppers OR 2 chopped red chili peppers.