SPONSORED Minnesotans have the right idea with the beer chaser for your Bloody Mary. Being a transplant, the first time I was ever served a beer chaser, I hadn’t the slightest idea why I was getting it. I thanked my server for the beer sample when she said: “Oh, it goes with the Bloody,” I took a swig of the larger drink, then dumped in the beer and gave it a stir. This may have solicited a few sigh-eye rolls. I know better now, though I still don’t quite get it.
Back to topic. The Michelada is a really simple Mexican beer cocktail. Essentially, the Mexican beer of your choice, your favorite hot sauce (great debates have been waged: Tapatìo vs. Cholula, et al.) a generous squeeze of lime juice, a helping of ice, and a lime wedge all in a salt rimmed pint glass. It has that certain eat spicy-to-feel-refreshed-and-cool effect. Variations on the Michelada exist , I’ve also had it prepared with an added dash of Worcestershire. My favorite combo is: Modelo Especial with Tapatìo. One of these, a basket of tacos and you’ve got a nice little Saturday afternoon. Or Sunday—you heard it here first; in my humble opinion the Michelada, coupled with chips and guacamole, is a better hangover killer than the aforementioned savory vodka drink. A few days ago in my Twitterverse, I came across a new vehicle for the condiment I practically dose on everything. It’s No. 1 in my heart—that addictive spicy chile sauce, Sriracha. It was for a drink idea, essentially a Michelada made with Sriracha. I wondered to myself: How on earth is it possible I have not done this before??? I tested the recipe with Singha, a Thai Lager and served it with my Friday night favorite: Takeout spring rolls. The Sriracha gave a little whole wallop of chile heat, and it has a bit of sweetness not found in the other hot sauces, so it goes really nicely with the lime. I am happy to report it is as awesome as it sounds, I couldn’t wait to pass it on. So, I give you: The Srirachelada. Rim of a pint glass with kosher salt, juice from a half a lime, 2-3 squirts of Sriracha, 12 oz . lager style beer, and finish with a generous amount of ice and stir. If you are a fan of Bloody Mary’s, spicy food, or just wanting to try something new, you won’t be disappointed in this one! Cheers! – Lindsey Coleman @surdyksliquor