Michelada: A Michelada is a Mexican Beer Cocktail, but today I am sharing a way to make it alcohol free. This is a spicy tomato based mocktail offers bold flavors, and a fun kick perfect for hot, sultry, climates, or eating alfresco with friends!
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I am not an alcohol drinker, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the refreshing nature of a cocktail. I prefer to make a mocktail out of it, so I can get great flavor and double the fun. Hahaha, just kidding. But in all seriousness, I love the idea of big, refreshing drinks, topped with fun ingredients. Especially when they can be enjoyed with family and friends. One drink I have been meaning to make for a while now is a (Not So) Bloody Mary. I love tomato juice, and love all the fun toppers that go into this popular drink!
Well, it just so happens that National Michelada Day is coming up on July 12th so I figured it was high time I make a virgin version of Michelada.It is like a Bloody Mary that uses beer instead of vodka. But since my version is alcohol free, it could technically be a virgin version of either.
Michelada made its first appearance in Mexicali at the “Bar los V-tarros”. The story goes that Mr. Camacho, the owner of “Bar los V-tarros,” wanted an antidote to the hot climate, and he and his good friend created the now very popular Michelada, a mix of Clamato® with beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lime, and pepper. Since then popularity of the drink has spread, and now we even have a day to celebrate it.
What is traditionally in a michelada? It is a beer based cocktail with lime, tomato, and spices, and served in a salt and spice lined cup and served over ice. It is probably one of the most popular cocktails in Mexico, but can be enjoyed on any side of the border. Typical ingredients include:
- Mexican beer
- Lime juice
- Hot sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tomato juice
There are a lot of variations on this traditional drink, and today I am sharing mine–a family friendly Michelada! In other words, Michelada with no beer. The key to this drink is the Clamato® juice. It is made with tomato juice and a blend of spices that livens the senses, and was created in California back in 1969. It is still awesome today, and even more fun with extra cool glass garnish.
You could probably garnish with whatever you want, I loved the way these garnishes looked, but they were also the perfect flavors to compliment the spicy tomato juice mocktail!
What is your favorite cup garnish? Bacon? Lime? Pickled veggies? The world is your oyster
How do you make a non alcoholic michelada?
To make a non-alcoholic, or virgin michelada, you basically create the cocktail without the beer. You add a little extra tomato juice, and spices to your preference. But essentially you make a great tomato juice mocktail. You could use a non-alcoholic beer if you still want the full flavor of a michelada. But I find leaving it out entirely is my favorite way to make it!
Celebrate National Michelada Day by making your own!
Other Great all Company Drinks!
- Pineapple Cooler and Raspberry Refresher
- Pineapple Limeade
- Cucumber Mint Mohitos
- Mango Orange Mojito
- Sparkling Strawberry Limeade
- Raspberry Italian Soda
- 4 cups Clamato®
- 1 tsp. hot sauce more or less to taste
- 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 cup lime juice fresh is best
- 2 garlic cloves minced and ground into paste (or just buy garlic paste)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp Tajín seasoning garnish for the rim
- 1 fresh lime for rimming the glass
- Green olives cocktail onions, cherry tomatoes, sweet mini peppers, celery, and limes for garnish
- Take the Tajín and sprinkle it on a small plate.
- Rub a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim in the Tajín to salt the rim.
- Mix Clamato®, garlic paste, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper, and soy sauce in a large pitcher.
- Fill glasses with ice, add Michelada mixture.
- Garnish with a skewer of green olives, cocktail onions, cherry tomato, and sweet mini peppers, a stalk of celery, and a lime.
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