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Saturday, December 22, 2012


Beer is the beverage of choice in Mazatlán, for many Mexicans and folks from NOB (north of the border). Pacifico beer was born in Mazatlán and is still produced here. Corona beer is made locally but is also brewed worldwide. You can take a tour of the Corona plant when you visit Mazatlán. Any good Mexican beer can be used. I like Sol or Indio better than Pacifico or Corona. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I am so very spoiled by always having exceptional beer at my fingertips, Sol and Indio have much more flavor to me.  A dark beer such as Negra Modelo can be used, but the stronger flavor of this beer hides the other flavors.

One of the ways in which beer is enjoyed, is in a Michelada. There are little kiosks along the avenues that only sell Micheladas. The basic ingredients are beer – Mexican of course, lime juice and salt, but other ingredients can vary and all are acceptable. Much the same as you would have choices at a Coffee shop, you can order which ingredients you like. And unlike many cities of the world, you can walk around drinking a beer...

This combination of ingredients is probably sold more often in the kiosks than any other.......and is the one I buy......

Makes 1 serving


chile powder – any commercial brand, not just powdered chiles – we want several flavors here

2 limes, quartered

1 12oz bottle of beer

dash of liquid hot sauce – your choice

Optional ingredients are: tomato juice, clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sauce, anything you may want to put into a bloody mary would work. I am not fond of the tomato/clamato thing, so I keep mine simple.

Combine equal parts of salt and chile powder on a small flat plate. Run one of the lime quarters around the rim of the glass then dip the rim into the salt/chile powder.

Squeeze the juice of the limes into the mug and toss in a few of the wedges. Fill the mug with beer and top with a dash of the hot sauce. ¡OLÉ!

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