With temperatures this week near 100 degrees without the slightest hint of a breeze, I think we can safely say that we are in the crux of summer in New York City. Ali wrote about Fish Tacos over on the Huffington Post last week, but I’m here to give a special shout out to the Michelada portion of that article. When we were talking about making fish tacos, I knew we had to make these, and now we’re slightly obsessed. While in London, with its severe lack of Mexican food, I had forgotten about this summer beer cocktail. But thanks to this guy* who took it upon himself to tell me about it every time he made them, usually making me jealous not to have one of my own, I was pleasantly reminded of their existence. So thanks for that, sir.
For starters, it’s pronounced Mee-che-lah-dah. This debate in pronunciation took a little while to solve, until finally the kind folks over at Café Habana cleared it up for us (thanks guys). No one is quite certain about its origins – some say it was a marketing ploy from Tecate to get rid of the tinny taste of their can by rubbing lime and salt around the rim, others argue it’s the namesake of a revolutionary general. At this point, who knows. Some people add tomato juice, i’m not a fan. I like it spicy, and i like a lot of it. The recipe below makes a fairly large jug, which you can choose to share with friends…or not.
- Juice of 6 limes
- 4 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 6 tablespoons hot sauce
- 6 pack Corona
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (i like the Ancho variety)
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
Mix together lime juice, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce, and hot sauce in a large pitcher. Carefully stir in beer. In a small, shallow bowl mix together chili powder and coarse salt. Rim glasses with lime juice and dip into salt chili powder mixture. Serve Micheladas over ice in salt-rimmed glassed.
*Nate’s going on an epic bike adventure from Alaska to Argentina and raising money for Erie House, where he has mentored for the past few years. If you’re so inclined to donate to a wonderful cause you can do so here.