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I love Cinco de Mayo. It’s a great holiday that promotes friends, family and culture. One of the best things about a culture is its culinary offerings. You know… food and drinks! Now, since I am “Rick On The Rocks”, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite Cinco de Mayo drinks: The Chicharrones Clamato Michelada.
What Is a Michelada?
A Michelada is a beer cocktail that involves tomato juice, lime juice and sometimes peppers, hot sauce, lemon, spices and usually served in a salt-rimmed chilled glass. I was in the bar industry for over 17 years, so I have seen many versions of this drink. I don’t believe that there is a right way or wrong way to make a Michelada. I think it is all based on personal preference. This is the Michelada I have been making for quite a few years and people seem to really love it.
First you need to start out with some basic ingredients. I went to my local Walmart and picked up some Clamato® Tomato Cocktail. Clamato is the official drink of Cinco de Mayo!
A lot of people have never tried Clamato. It’s full bodied, zesty, but it has a light consistency that makes it a great mixer with a myriad of drinks. I first came across it about a decade ago in New Orleans. I ordered a drink and the bartender suggested that I substitute Clamato as my mixer. He gave me a taste of the Clamato right out of the container and I was hooked.
After that experience, I started using Clamato, not only at the bars that I ran, but also at home. That’s how I came up with the…
Chicharrones Clamato Michelada
Yields: 12 Micheladas
- 1 64 ounce bottle of Clamato Tomato Cocktail
- 1 bag of Chicharrones
- 1 lime per Michelada
- 1 lemon per Michelada
- 1 tablespoon of hot sauce per Michelada
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder per Michelada
- 1/2 teaspoon of Margarita salt per Michelada
- 1 jar of Lime Juice Syrup per Michelada
- 1 6-pack of Mexican beer
- 16 ounce glass
- Fresh Ice
- Take 4-5 Chicharrones, the chili powder, the Margarita salt and put them into a resealable plastic bag.
- Take out all of your frustrations and crush the mix using your hands, a spoon or a mallet.
- When it is almost powder like, pour contents onto a small plate.
- Pour 1/4 cup Lime Juice Syrup onto a seperate small plate.
- Take the rim of your 160z glass and dip it into the Lime Juice Syrup.
- Then dip it into the Chicharrones, chili powder and salt mixture.
- Carefully fill your glass with ice.
- Pour equal parts Clamato and beer
- Add Hot Sauce and gently stir. (This is called a build in the mixology world)
- Garnish with lime and lemon wheels.
My Michelada will pair with any of your favorite foods for Cinco de Mayo. I usually have people over and set up a fajita bar. A little grilled meat, fresh tortillas and lots of toppings.
What foods would you serve with my Chicharrones Clamato Michelada?