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Michelada Cocktail – Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I have a delicious cocktail recipe that is perfect for this day. It is called a Michelada cocktail and it’s sort of like a Mexican bloody Mary, but without the vodka.

This drink uses your favorite beer instead.

Bloody Mary cocktails are fun to tinker with any time of the year. I adapted the recipe for Halloween, along with a lime devil garnish. Check it out!

If you enjoy making and drinking cocktails, be sure to check out National Cocktail Day and National Mimosa Day for some fun facts and recipe inspiration.

The Michelada cocktail is a Mexican version of a bloody Mary and is perfect for cinco de mayo.

And if you enjoy both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, check out National Beverage Day for some recipes and fun ways to celebrate.

Cinco de Mayo is known for celebrations that feature spicy Mexican food. (Check out some recipes for National Chili Day and  National Burrito Day, and National Guacamole Day to get some menu ideas.) This cocktail will feel right at home with the recipes! 

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It’s time to heat up Cinco de Mayo with this spicy Michelada cocktail

The words “cinco de mayo” mean the Fifth of May, which is when this celebration is held. The date is observed in Mexico to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Many in the USA think that the celebration is Mexico’s independence day, but this is actually held on September 16.

Whichever way you celebrate the day, it is normally done with plenty of tasty, and spicy food and drink. This Michelada has plenty of both and is perfect for the day.

The drink is a cinch to make. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 ounce tomato juice
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Yucateco red hot sauce
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of your Dos Equis beer
  • Green olives
  • Lime wedges
  • 2 tbsp pink coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder

To make the Michelada cocktail, start by placing your chili powder and sea salt on a plate and using a lime to rub the rim of the glass with lime. I used mason jar glasses for a party effect.

Add lime to the edge of a glass

Dip your glass into the sea salt and set aside.

Dip your glass into the sea salt.

Combine all of your drink ingredients in a pitcher, mix well and pour over ice in the glass. Garnish with the Michelada cocktail with stuffed olives and a lemon slice. Enjoy!

Michelada cocktail
Serve this Michelada cocktail with some spicy bacon wrapped chicken appetizers for a super party combo.

Be sure to visit The Gardening Cook for a great progressive dinner party for Cinco de Mayo, too. Lots of wonderful recipes, including this cocktail!

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Michelada Cocktail - Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Michelada cocktail

This spicy cocktail is the perfect drink choice to help celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 ounces of tomato juice
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Yucateco green hot sauce - you can use more if you like the drink really spicy
  • 1 can/bottle 12 ounce of your Dos Equis beer
  • To garnish:
  • green olives
  • lime wedges
  • For the rim of the glass:
  • 2 tbsp Pink coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder


  • Mix the pink sea salt and chili powder on a flat plate. Use a cut lime and rub it around the rim of 2 drink glasses. I used Mason jars for a party look.
  • Dip the lime edged rim of each glass into the sea salt mixture. Set the glasses aside,
  • Pour all the drink ingredients into a large pitcher and mix them well.(don't shake!)
  • Fill each glass with ice. Pour the drink mixture over the ice.
  • Garnish with olives and lime wedges. Enjoy!
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7433mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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    Wednesday 4th of May 2016

    I don't make many cocktail, but you are changing my mind with this one! Such great flavors and the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!


    Wednesday 4th of May 2016

    Thanks Teri. We loved the taste of it!

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