The drink is called chelada. Or, maybe, it is michelada. Chelada is a mixture of beer and lime served in a salt-rimmed chilled glass, margarita-style. If spices or seasonings are added to the basic mix, it’s a michelada. Since our drink last night was sprinkled with cayenne powder, I think it falls under the michelada category.
Beer is something of a nostalgia. Beer is something I’ll forever associate with college. For something like two decades, I stayed away from beer (mostly because I discovered wine) but, recently, with the introduction of fruit flavored beers, we’ve been kind of re-discovering beer and Speedy has been experimenting with beer cocktails. Since Mexican food and drinks are very much on our faces right now (at least on the internet and food blogs) because Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, Speedy mixed another beer cocktail last night, a Mexican-inspired one, and it is, by far, the best beer cocktail he’s ever made.
So, while Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in my part of the world, we really don’t need an occasion to enjoy a good cocktail. When it’s this hot, and it is blisteringly hot this summer, the best thing to have is an ice cold drink.
For best results, chill the glasses for at least 30 minutes before preparing the drink.
Based on a recipe from Matador Network.
- 1 tablespoon salt plus more to sprinkle into the glasses
- 1 can / bottle good-quality beer
- 1 lime or lemon, halved
- 2 pinches of cayenne powder
- 2 lime or lemon slices to garnish
Spread the salt in a saucer.
Wet the rims of the chilled glasses with a little water then dip in salt.
Squeeze the juice of half a lime or lemon into each glass. Sprinkle in a little salt. Add lots of ice.
Drop a lime or lemon slice into each glass.
Divide the beer between the two glasses.
Sprinkle with cayenne powder and enjoy!