An Ode to the Michelada in Mexico

beach and michelada

A few months ago I found myself touching the beaches of Mexico with my feet. We came to the Playa del Carmen for a destination wedding, and let me tell you, there’s no better place to have your wedding (not that I’ve seen)!

Playa del Carmen is an amazing snippet of land where the beach looks like that Bounty (chocolate) commercial from the 90s – white sand, and a line of tall and slender palm trees framing the coastline. Playa del Carmen with its endless coastline – that blends with the sky somewhere at the horizon – looks like a paradise.

Aside from its gorgeous nature, the region is known for its unique Mexican cuisine and drinks. Guacamole, Mexican ceviche, fish tacos – you can find it all in abundance in Playa Del Carmen and its neighboring city of Tulum.

But, one very special local menu item took my heart away forever, and the name of it is the Michelada.

We sat down at a beach bungalow bar and restaurant and started screening the menu. This was our third day in Mexico, and having a Margarita [again] before 12 pm this time didn’t sound particularly enticing.

I don’t know if it was due to the circumstances of being on vacation, on a beach, under the heat and slightly hungover, but this heavenly drink left deep traces of satisfaction and joy in my heart.

ode to the michelada in mexicoI noticed a selection of craft alcoholic beverages that didn’t look familiar, and our bartender proceeded to make a suggestion: to get the one and only Michelada.

Salty, spicy, sour and bubbly, the Michelada is what you need to recover after a night of drinking. I admit that I’ve asked doctors I know if Michelada can be considered a great source of electrolytes and healthy. While I wasn’t able to back up my hypothesis with a scientific explanation of Michelada being the most effective hangover remedy, it sure feels right the morning after.

Here is a recipe that I found:

  • Mexican lager beer (Modelo is typical; I had a Corona)
  • Clamato preferred (or tomato juice as a substitution,)
  • 3-4 splashes hot sauce
  • 2 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 splashes of Maggi sauce (or soy sauce)
  • squeeze one lime
  • add Tajín seasoning (or salt) for the rim.

Author bio: Ksenia Newton works as a Digital Content Manager at Knect365, a conference company. She blogs on different categories like events marketing, content writing, social media, lifestyle and productivity. Follow her adventures on Twitter, Instagram and her blog

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