05/03/2012 09:33 am ET Updated Apr 30, 2014

12 Michelada Recipes Perfect For Cinco de Mayo

When most people talk about a Michelada, they describe it as a Bloody Mary that's made with beer instead of vodka. That's a good starting point, but there's so much more to this Mexican drink. A Michelada (pronounced mee-che-LAH-dah), is a Mexican cocktail made with beer, lime juice and tomato juice or clamato (a blend of tomato juice and clam juice). And you can customize it however you want -- think hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce or even soy sauce, to start. Then turn your thoughts to the the wonderful world of garnishes.

The Michelada falls into the category of "cerveza preparada," which are Mexican beer cocktails. When you add hot sauce or additional seasoning, some people like to call the drink a Chelada. Whatever you call it, the Michelada is a super refreshing beverage that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Here are 12 Michelada recipes to try:

  • 1 The Classic Michelada
    James Ransom/Food52
    Get the Classic Michelada recipe from Food52
  • 2 A Spicy Michelada
    Spoon, Fork, Bacon
    Get the Spicy Michelada recipe from Spoon, Fork, Bacon
  • 3 A Michelada With Umami
    Running with Tweezers
    Get the Michelada With Umami recipe from Running with Tweezers
  • 4 The Macheesmo Michelada
    Get the Macheesmo Michelada recipe from Macheesmo
  • 5 A Michelada Minus The Heat
    Muy Bueno
    Get the A Michelada Minus The Heat recipe from Muy Bueno
  • 6 A Seaside Michelada
    Get the Seaside Michelada recipe from Food52
  • 7 A Dark Michelada
    Taste for Adventure
    Get the Dark Michelada recipe from Taste for Adventure
  • 8 A Green Michelada
    Amy V. Cooper/Stellar Gourmet Foods
    Get the Stellar Green Michelada recipe from Stellar Gourmet Foods
  • 9 A Healthy Michelada
    Sprout & Pea
    Get the Healthy Michelada recipe from Sprout & Pea
  • 10 A Classic Michelada With Clamato Juice
    Honest Cooking
    Get the Michelada With Clamato Juice recipe from Nancy Lopez-McHugh at Honest Cooking
  • 11 A Lemony Michelada With Tomato Juice
    Food Republik
    Get the Lemony Michelada With Tomato Juice recipe from Food Republik
  • 12 A Simple Michelada
    Adam Rapoport from Food52
    Get the Michelada recipe by Adam Rapoport from Food52

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