On a hot summer you are aching for a drink which is crisp and cold like a beer but you are stuck with a cheap boring beer which brings no joy. Here’s a solution to make your afternoon a lot happier, a simple combination of lime and salt go a long way in elevating a mundane beverage. Michelada is the Mexican cousin of bloody mary, quite similar in preparation yet very different. The drink’s name has a few interesting theories. According to an article published in the LA Times Michelada translates to “my cold brewsky”–the “mi” stands for “my,” and “chelada,” which sounds similar to “helado,” the Spanish word for Popsicle, referring to a frosty beverage. Another folklore propagated explanation, is that the michelada was named for its presumed inventor, Michel Esper, who supposedly invented the spicier incarnation of this drink on a hot day at the Club Deportivo in San Luis Potosi. Interestingly enough, you need it most on a hot day!
In this recipe however, I will add a twist to a traditional recipe, instead of using tomato juice as the base I will use watermelon as the base. Tabasco is a go to hot sauce in every kitchen however using Sriracha in this recipe adds an extra dimension.
- 1 pint lager beer( use a Mexican lager if you want to make it authentic)
- 250 gm Watermelon, chopped into pieces and de-seeded
- 6 grape tomatoes
- 3 red sweet peppers
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon Sriracha Hot Sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Sufficient salt for the rim
- In a food processor add the watermelon, grape tomatoes, sriracha, sweet peppers and lime juice and blitz. Using a strainer, strain out the juice to remove any seeds and skin. This juice extract is your base for the Michelada.
- Create a salt rim in a glass. You can use a salt, pepper and togarashi mixture as shown in the pictures or simply salt would do. Fill up the glass with ice cubes.
- Add the Worcestershire and Soy Sauce followed by the juice extract upto quarter of the glass.Then add the beer up to 3/4ths of the glass and give the mixture a nice stir using a stirrer. Top off the glass with more beer as shown.