Low Sodium Michelada – A Bloody Beer
I bar-tended for close to 8 years. What? You didn’t know that? You can find out more about that and more fun facts about me here: (FAQ). there were a few favorite cocktails that were perfect for those weekend mornings, whether as part of brunch, or to go along with watching whatever game is on TV. One of those is a Michelada and if I wanted to have one today, I needed to craft a low sodium Michelada.
What is a Michelada?
A Michelada is a traditional, Mexican “prepared” or “seasoned” beer. It is comprised of a Mexican style beer, tomato juice, lime juice, and chili peppers and spices. Similar to a Bloody Mary, except with beer as the base spirit. It is anecdotally known as a great “hangover cure.” In the Southern United States, it is commonly referred to as a Bloody Beer since it shares many of the same flavor profiles as a Bloody Mary.
A Spicy Sugar Rim Instead Of A Salt Rim
Due to the high amounts of sodium normally found in both a Bloody Mary and a Michelada, I decided to hack the salt on both of these recipes so they can fit into our low sodium lifestyle. I already posted the recipe for my Low Sodium Bloody Mary. You will need the Chili-Lime sugar recipe from there to create the spicy sugar you will use to rim the glass of your Michelada.
Low Sodium Ingredients
If you are ambitious, or really like to make stuff. I often make my own tomato juice by pureeing and straining roma tomatoes in my blender at home. During the summer, we grow our own tomatoes and the juice from those at the peak of summer, are awesome!
Some variations of a Michelada include using Clamato Juice. I have not yet found a low sodium Clamato Juice or Clam Juice, but as soon as I do, I will update this post.
Here is the recipe for a Low Sodium Michelada – A Bloody Beer:
A refreshing blend of tomato juice, spices, and beer.
- 1 tsp Sodium Free Chili powder
- 1 Lime: Juice of 1 plus 1 lime wedge
- 2 cups ice
- 3 ounces Low Sodium Tomato Juice 1/3 cup
- 4 dashes Low Sodium hot sauce such as Tabasco
- 4 dashes Lea & Perrin's Low Sodium Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bottle Chilled Mexican-style Beer such as Corona
- 1/4 cup of Chili-Lime Sugar
Spread the Chili-Lime Sugar on a small plate.
Take the lime wedge and run it along the rim of the glass, making sure to moisten the inside and outside of the rim of the glass.
Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim into the Chili-Lime Sugar.
Fill glass with ice.
Pour in the lime juice, chili powder, tomato juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire.
Stir to incorporate.
Fill the rest of the way full with beer.
Garnish with the lime wedge.