The Life Changing Spicy Michelada Recipe or red beer as it is sometimes known, is a spicy take on the classic beer + tomato juice, spiced up for a night on the town with lots of fresh squeezed limes and spicy Mexican-style hot sauce with a zesty lime + secret ingredient + salt rim for that extra bite!
Whether you call them Red Beers or Micheladas, this Mexican inspired cocktail recipe for spicy Micheladas is an all time favorite when you need a cool-me-down beverage you can make on the fly anywhere, anytime.
I’ve always kind of known about red beers. I’d heard the term Michelada and frankly living in Colorado, I’d seen many signs up in the windows of convenience stores advertising Micheladas in a can but I’d never really paid attention. Until now. Until we took this epic houseboat trip last September on Lake Powell, with some old friends, to celebrate the 40th birthday of a good friend from wayyy back in the true ski bum days in Steamboat livin’.
If you have ever been to the Utah desert or boated on Lake Powell, I don’t need to explain the hot, arid environment I am talking about. Okay there, I explained it that quick. It’s HOT. It’s DRY. There is a ton RED ROCK. It’s gorgeous but there is a lot of time spent hiking and swimming and water skiing and sliding down water slides and drinking when house boating on Lake Powell. Did I mention the heat? A girl needs a drink she can sip on all day long and let’s be honest, at this age the idea of opening can after cheap can of Miller Lite gets old after about 1 hour. Myself, I am a wine drinker most days with the occasional cocktail or frozen drink thrown in for good measure.
Then, my life changed. An oldie but goody friend, the kind that never changes and always makes you wonder why on earth you stopped hanging out ALL THE TIME because they are drop to your knees, roll on the floor hysterical…woke up on morning #2 and made us these. The Life Changing Spicy Michelada recipe that I am forever grateful to have in my cocktail repertoire.
Let me first explain why this drink is so phenomenal. It’s really a beer all dressed up. It’s also a bloody mary all dressed down to her skivvies. It’s what I always wanted my bloody mary to be I just didn’t know it. It’s like a bubbly, spicy, lite tomato juice cocktail over tons of ice with a lime + salt kick that you can drink all day long and still look forward to all over again the next day. Nothing like the feeling after a bloody mary (and don’t get me wrong I love a really good bloody) but it’s not my go to. I drink one and I’m on to something less meal-like.
This Spicy Michelada, it is all the components of a bloody that you love…MINUS the vodka and the cloyingly thick and filling glass of overly spiced tomato juice to weigh you down.
That first morning was the start of a cocktail tradition around our house that will forever change our airplane trips, Sunday mornings, vacations, boat drinks, hot beach days and perhaps cure a few hangovers. And when you really want to amp things up…you add yourself a little shot of tequila. I mean why not?
You will not find a cooler of ours lately without a few mexican beers, a jug of picante Clamato, a bottle of Tapatio hot sauce and a bag of cut limes. And me being me, I always bring a little round Tupperware with kosher salt. The lime + salt rim is definitely my favorite part.
Then, just when I thought we couldn’t improve this recipe one bit, while shopping at my favorite grocery store Trader Joe’s, I discovered this little bottle of Chile Lime Seasoning and a red beer light bulb went screaming through my head. I just about did a little dance right there is the aisle. It really is a perfect addition to the salty lime rim. A little zesty with an extra lime kick. You have to love Trader Joe’s for all those fun seasonal creations. At a $1.50 too, lets cheers to that!
Let’s recap this drink’s flavor profile:
Light & Bubbly
A little tiny bit Beer-Like
Savory & SPICY!
Now go forth people and enjoy your new favorite airplane cocktail, boat drink and hot-day, cool-down, pick-me-up! Share with your brunch crowd, impress your neighbors with a pitcher this weekend or order one up after work later at your favorite spot and tell me all about it!
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