Cheers and Happy Father’s day to my dad, who simply called it beer and clam. Little did I know as a youth that his afternoon summertime drink actually had a name. The Michelada is a Mexican cocktail with many variations, and while I’m no expert in this area, I do know you’ll love this Zesty Michelada with Clamato juice and spice just as my own father enjoyed his “beer and clam”.
Although a little spicy and salty, the Zesty Michelada is quite thirst quenching and goes down easy on a hot day. For those who aren’t familiar with the original Clamato juice, it’s basically a blend of tomato juice, spices and clam juice. You may think clam juice and beer is an odd combination, and I suppose it kinda is. Yet the clam gives it a bit of brininess that makes it perfectly “slurpable” over a chili spiced salted rim.
Don’t forget about the garnish either! It’s a cocktail that can balance all you can through at it. I personally like shrimp and celery but go on and try chunks of spicy sausage, cherry tomatoes and or lime. I think a little wedge of cheese could also work. There’s no rules and that’s the fun of it, so enjoy!
Recipe source for Zesty Michelada inspired by Fox Valley Foodie Authentic Michelada