Michelada: a Mexican Cocktail That Combines the Tang of Bloody Marys With Your Favorite Beer

updated May 1, 2019
Shortcut Bloody Mary Beer Cocktails
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Consider this refreshing riff on the Mexican cocktail a fizzy beer-laden alternative to a Bloody Mary, made with a pint of medium-spicy tomato salsa and beefed up in flavor with steak sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to Super Bowl chili or nachos — or hair of the dog for the headache you’re nursing the next day.

The Best Salsas for Beer Cocktails

The best salsas for beer cocktails are the small-batch kind found in the grab- and-go refrigerated cases in the deli section of the grocery store. I find the bold, flavorful ingredients blend the best and give a great pop to the cold, fizzy tang of the beer. No measuring is involved either — just peel the lid off and plop the pint in the blender.

(Image credit: Chadwick Boyd)

Shortcut Bloody Mary Beer Cocktails

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1

    (24-ounce) container fresh medium-heat salsa

  • 1 ounce

    steak sauce

  • Juice from 1 lime

  • 1 ounce

    hot sauce

  • 2 teaspoons

    chili powder or Old Bay® Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons

    coarse Kosher salt

  • 4

    (12-ounce) bottles of amber lager


  1. Dump the salsa into a blender. Add the steak sauce, lime juice, and hot sauce.

  2. Purée for 20 to 25 seconds or until smooth.

  3. On a small plate, mix together the chili powder/Old Bay and salt. Run a juicy piece of lime around the rim of a pilsner or pint glass. Invert the glass and run the top outside edge in the mixture to create a 1/4-inch seasoned rim.

  4. Gently pour a bottle of beer into each glass. Using a long spoon, mix the cocktail together. Serve with a dash or two of more hot sauce if desired.

  5. Serve immediately with a wedge of lime.