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The Modelo Michelada

What even is a Michelada? The less familiar may assume it is simply beer mixed with tomato juice. Other brunch-goers may name it a “Bloody Mary with beer” rather than with Vodka. Regardless it has been adopted as the original and true beer cocktail.

Originating in Mexico, we learn more about the drink by breaking down the syllables of its name: Mi (“mine”) Chela (“Beer”) Helada (“cold”). Put it together and you get, “My cold beer.” The Mexican original has gained popularity offering a refreshing cocktail option suitable for any time of day. It has even been said to be a cure for a hangover. Regardless, it is delicious and will elevate your dining or hosting experience to a whole new level.

When it comes to ordering or serving a traditional Michelada, most restaurants or bartenders will allow you to choose the beer that will accompany your tomato cocktail. And when it comes to choosing the one that is the best compliment, look no further than Modelo. Below is Modelo’s Model Michelada Recipe featuring Modelo beer, lime, salt, and other savory ingredients.

Prep Time: 5 min

Serves: 1


  • 4 oz. Modelo Especial
  • 4 oz. Modelo Negra
  • 5 dashes of soy sauce
  • 1 oz. chilled clam juice
  • 3 oz. chilled tomato juice
  • 4 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cucumber slices coated in a chili powder and coarse salt mixture
  • 2 cooked/seasoned shrimp with tails (optional)
  • 3 thin mango slices
  • 1 tamarind straw
  • Chili powder and salt for the rim
  • Lime & Ice


Step 1: Mix chili powder and salt on a plate.

Step 2: Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of the glass and press into spice mixture until coated.

Step 3: Fill glass with ice and pour Modelo Especial and Modelo Negra.

Step 4: Add chilled clam juice, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and soy sauce.

Step 5: Stir with Tamarind straw. Garnish the glass with shrimp, mango and cucumber.

Step 6: Enjoy!