Two simple ways to upgrade the classic Michelada cocktail

(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Clamato)
(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Clamato) /

While some people might turn to a margarita or paloma to offer a sip of Mexican influenced cocktails, the Michelada is a refreshing, flavorful option. From a simple afternoon sipper to a new brunch option, these twists on the classic Michelada cocktail will have everyone talking.

For those unfamiliar, a classic Michelada cocktail combines a Mexican lager with lime, spices, and often a tomato based-beverage. While different from the Chelada, the cocktail does not overshadow the beer, but the other flavors make it an easier drinking choice on a warm day. The combination of spice, carbonation, and a little savory makes it refreshing.

One popular ingredient in a Michelada cocktail is Clamato. That tomato forward beverage has a depth of flavor. For anyone looking to explore what this Mexican cocktail can be, clamato is a great starting point.

The beverage brand partnered with Peter Madrigal, the bartender and Bravo reality TV star knows that creative cocktails bring spirited conversation. These two offerings have many people discovery why the classic Michelada cocktail deserves to be on the table.

classic Michelada cocktail upgrade from Clamato and Peter Madrigal
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Pickle flavors continue to have a moment. Adding that briny note to a cocktail is an easy way to add contrast. More importantly, it can add a little touch of hydration when the temperatures are rising.

Speaking to the Pickled Sam creation, Peter said, “When you’re grilling savory meats and veggies, you want a cocktail to match the overall flavor profile of the meal. That’s why I’m a fan of making The Pickled Sam with Clamato – it’s savory and briny but has a sweet watermelon kick at the end that makes this the most unique flavor combination packed into one sip!”

Pickled Sam


  • 3 oz watermelon juice
  • ¾ oz of sweet pickle juice
  • 2 oz Clamato El Original
  • 1 oz tequila
  • ½ lime squeeze
  • Dos Equis Lager
  • Lime and Watermelon wedges for garnish


  • Combine the watermelon juice, pickle juice, tequila, Clamato and lime into a shaker with ice. Shake! Rim a glass with salt and fill halfway with ice. Pour the shaker liquid into the glass and fill the remainder with the Dos Equis Lager. Garnish with lime and watermelon wedges.

If pickles are a little too pungent, a sweeter option can shake up that classic Michelada cocktail. The Beachalada brings together a sweet heat with this tropical twist.

As Peter commented, “The Beachalada is the ‘paradise’ version of Clamato’s famous Michelada cocktails. This drink tastes like a tajin-covered pineapple thanks to Clamato’s light spicy flavor mixed with fresh pineapple juice and a ginger kick. A drink designed for the beach!”



  • 3 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 2 ounces Ginger Juice
  • 1/4 Lime
  • 2 ounces Original Clamato
  • 1/2 cup Clamato Cubano
  • 1 Dos Equis Beer


  • Blend ice, pineapple juice and ginger juice. Once blended, add in the lime juice. Combine juice blend with Clamato El Original and Clamato Cubano in a glass. Top with Dos Equis Lager.

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