While drunken Cancun revelers are chugging sugary pre-mixed piña coladas and daiquiris poolside at their wristband resorts, I prefer something a little more saltily authentic in my hand while I wrinkle in the Mexican sun (*not* in Cancun).
I was first introduced to the cerveza preparada known as a Michelada while studying abroad in Cuernavaca. A friend’s host mother made me one at dinner (no homework night, I promise!), and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the salt- and chili-rimmed glass filled with ice, beer, lime and, weirdest of all, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce. I’ll tell you what I soon made of it, though: An empty glass. The cold fizz of Mexican cerveza cutting the tangy bite of salt, citrus and spice is hands-down one of the most refreshing drinks for fun in the sun. Until you’ve had a few, and then you’re just a water-retaining mess from all the sodium. Micheladas are not chugged, and the flavor changes as you sip and refill with more beer. When you’re just tasting beer, time to reorder. Everyone makes Micheladas differently according to taste, so there is no set recipe. Some include Tabasco, Maggi, or different peppers. Start ordering to find your favorite one, or start mixing at home.