A bottle of Mexican lager can prove exceptionally versatile. Use it to create a cocktail, a shandy, or simply in a food recipe. In this guide, we will look at 25 easy and simple Mexican lager recipes you must try.
For the uninitiated, a Michelada is a spicy Mexican cocktail made from beer and tomato juice. Kinda like a Mexican Bloody Mary crossed with a Margarita made with traditional ingredients, you can even make one without tomato juice.
You will need a lime and salt rim before adding a mixture of light Mexican beer, Clamato juice (or tomato juice), lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, ice, and soy sauce.
If you can find a bottle of Maggi Sauce then use it in a Michelada as it tastes like Worcestershire sauce yet with umami notes. You will still need lime juice, more Worcestershire sauce, Clamato juice, and a bottle of Mexican lager.
This recipe is rather a reduced version of a Michelada as it comes without tomato juice. You still get the lime juice and the salt rim but the whole appearance and taste are brighter, throw in some Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce if you want.
Yes, you will need a lime and salt rim yet you should use a pint glass for this recipe, maybe even two. Make sure you use a few drops of soy sauce as it works well with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and lime juice.
The bulk of the drink will be tomato juice which can be poured over ice and then topped off with Mexican lager.
Instead of Mexican lager, you can use a bottle of Dunken, dark, or even black lager. This creates a deeper flavor in the cocktail, though you still need freshly squeezed lime juice, hot pepper sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
With this recipe, you have your choice of three hot sauces; Tapatio, Tabasco, or Cholula. Choose wisely as each batch contains six dashes alongside a lime and Bloody Mary salt rim.
There is also freshly squeezed lime juice, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt, all topped off with a Mexican lager.
If you prefer your Michelada to be a bit more citrus, then this recipe is for you. There are only a couple of teaspoons of hot sauce, and a single teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce.
The lime, sea salt, and Tajin rim remain, and so does a bottle of Mexican lager. The biggest variation is the juice of two limes with a further half a lime being used to soak the rim of the glass.
Create a fruity variation on the Michelada by adding mango juice with the tequila, tomato juice, hot sauce, and lime juice.
You can even create a Michelada with taco seasoning mix, though it still comes with tomato juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, hot sauce, and soy sauce.
Another cocktail that uses a lime and salt rim is a Chelada. Fill a tall glass with ice, add lime juice and then top it all off with Mexican lager. You can even garnish it with another wedge of lime.
11. Classic Chelada
For this recipe, you will still need to create a lime and sea salt rim, though you can use Tajin. The only real difference is a pinch of salt with the lime to bring out more of the citrus flavor with the Mexican lager.
Try to find another lime if you want to try this Chelada Beer Cocktail, specifically half for the Tajin or sea salt rim. The other half of the lime needs to be squeezed and added to a tablespoon of Rose’s lime juice.
Garnish with the lime you used for the rim and pour in a bottle of Mexican lager.
Yet another drink that uses a lime and salt rim, though you can use Tajin which is a blend of chilies and salt. Add hot sauce and tomato juice to the glass then stir it together before adding Mexican lager.
The tequila should finally be floated on the top with a spritz of lime before dropping the wedge in.
14. Mexican Mule
Like the Moscow Mule, the Mexican Mule is a cocktail with a kick. Find a pilsner glass and salt the rim before muddling a slice of jalapeño in a cocktail shaker for some heat.
Add ice, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup with ice to shake vigorously. Strain into the glass and add fresh ice then top with Mexican lager.
Of course, judging by the name this is a drink that is relatively close to a Margarita and you will need a lime and a salt/sugar rim.
Before all that, create a lime simple syrup from equal parts sugar and lime juice which is boiled up until the sugar dissolves. Add the syrup to a pitcher with tequila and lime juice then leave in the refrigerator until chilled.
Slowly pour in a bottle of Mexican lager and some crushed ice.
16. Sriracha Lager
For another spicy take on a Mexican lager drink, rim a pint glass with salt and lime juice, then add ice. Pour on freshly squeezed lime juice, Sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce, and then pour in your Mexican lager.
For a garnish, add a wheel of lime.
17. Hibiscus Beer
A Hibiscus Beer sits between a cocktail and a beer with a tart taste which is served ice cold. First, create a Hibiscus Lime simple syrup from a dried form of the herb, water, sugar, and lime juice.
Bring it to a boil, simmer it until the sugar has dissolved then leave it to infuse. Once you are ready for a serving, add a couple of tablespoons of the syrup to a glass and then pour on a bottle of Mexican lager.
18. Tequila Shandy
Instead of lemonade, add tequila to hard lemonade and Mexican lager to create a batch of Tequila Shandy. First, place a couple of glasses in the freezer for around half an hour.
When you are ready, divide a bottle of Mexican lager and hard lemonade between the two glasses. Add a shot of tequila to each glass then squeeze over a lime or lemon wedge.
19. Margarita Shandy
Another shandy recipe is this Margarita Shandy which uses limeade concentrate, tequila, water, and chilled Mexican lager.
You only need a couple of tablespoons of Mexican lager to go with a diced avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and garlic powder to create an incredible sauce for this chicken and peppers dish.
Similarly, combine Mexican lager with a boneless pork shoulder, and kosher salt for a batch of Carnitas Tacos.
Then again, you can use dark Mexican lager with tomatoes, pasilla chilies, jalapeños, and tomatoes for a tasty salsa.
You still need chicken broth, yet a lot of the liquid in this chili recipe comes from a bottle of Mexican lager.
24. Chicken Fajitas
With some dark Mexican beer, you can create a delicious marinade to cook these Chicken Fajitas.
You can also use Mexican lager as a leavening agent, like in this recipe for churros.
Bonus Section: Food Recipes
To create some sublime Mexican cuisine, you can use a bottle of Mexican lager in a slow cooker, chili, or simply as a marinade.
Place your chicken, slices of onion, green chilies, ground cumin, salt, and diced jalapeño in the slow cooker and submerge with a bottle of Mexican lager.
Add a bit more water, stock, or Mexican lager to ensure that the chicken is fully covered.
Cook on low for around eight hours, remove the chicken and some of the liquid, shred the chicken, add it back to the slow cooker and add some liquid with lime juice then mix to combine.
Keep it in the slow cooker to remain warm and then serve it when you are ready.
Instead of stock, you can use a few bottles of dark Mexican lager to create a full batch of Mexican Beer Chili. You will need to create a chili paste and the recipe works really well with diced bacon and a pork shoulder roast with the bone in.
More flavor comes from ground cumin, ground coriander, tomato paste, Mexican oregano, minced chipotles in adobo sauce, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and lime juice.
To create a delicious beer marinade to go with meat, mix a bottle of Mexican lager with lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, and crushed hot pepper flakes.
With a few bottles of Mexican lager, you can really get creative. That may include creating a cocktail with tomato juice or a shandy as a light and refreshing drink.
However, you may be surprised at how useful a bottle of Mexican lager can be for food. You can use a dark lager in chili or a light lager in a marinade.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do Mexican Lagers Prove So Versatile?
When you try a Mexican lager, you should remark on how light and refreshing it tastes. In general, Mexican lagers are pale and clean with low bitterness and a high clarity.
What Is A Mexican Lager Made Of?
Typically, a Mexican lager is created using corn like a flaked maize, lager yeast, as well as Crystal and Munich malts.