Chavela vs Michelada: Is There a Difference?
Cerveza preparada (prepared beer) is a Mexican term for beer mixed with tomato juice, hot sauce, or salsa. The drink dates back to the 1940s, when it became popular in Mexico.
The basic recipe is tomato juice mixed with beer and the juice of half a lime in an ice-cold, salt-rimmed pint glass. The beer is added by pouring it from high above the glass so that the contents will mix properly.
Here are a few variations, including the popular Chavela and Michelada:
Chamochela: A chamochela is a beer-based drink prepared with lemon, salt, chili powder and chamoy. It is served with ice and garnished with tamarind candy. It was popularized in the 2000s in Mexico.
Chavela: A chavela is a cerveza preparada that is popular in Mexican restaurants both as a drink and as an appetizer if it is served with a garnish. It is made with tomato juice, Clamato, or V8 Vegetable Juice mixed with beer and seasoned with hot sauce (e.g., Tabasco, Tapatio, or Búfalo). It is served on the rocks in an ice-cold, salt-rimmed mug and garnished with crudités (carrot and celery sticks) or shrimp.
Clamato Beer: Fill a beer mug with ice. Coat the rim with a mixture of salt and chili powder. Pour in one part Clamato and the juice of half a lime or lemon. Add three parts Mexican beer and hot sauce to taste.
Michelada: A michelada is a Mexican drink made from beer mixed with spice, sauce and lime.
Negro y Marron: Fill a beer mug with ice. Coat the rim with salt. Mix one or one-and-a-half parts of Clamato and the juice of half a lemon or lime. Add four parts of beer and ⅓ part of tequila. Season with hot sauce to taste.