On the road to Colima, I asked our driver Marco about the signs everywhere advertising "Micheladas." Marco informed me, "It's what kids drink to get drunk. It's not for adults."
"Why is it a kid's drink?"
"It's not very strong."
"What's in it?"
"Beer, limes, tomato with the....the...what do you call almejas?"
Marco laughs. "It's not as bad as it sounds."
"They seem very popular around here. What do adults drink?"
"You know, tequila, whiskey..."
"So a michelada is what we'd call a 'wuss drink?'"
"I like wuss drinks."
We both laugh.
So we end up at a restaurant in Comala where the food was great, but the margaritas sucked. For the second round, I ordered a michelada with a Sol, and the group follows suit. What we got were cubanas a/k/a micheladas con piquante.
No Clamato, praise Jebus. It was a salt-rimmed, iced tumbler with a finger of a brown, grainy fluid at the bottom, plus a bottle of Sol. It was delicious! We decided La Cubana would be our Official Summer Drink of 2010.
Here's the recipe:
squeeze 1 limerun squeezed lime around a large tumbler's rimdrag rim through celery saltfill tumbler half full of ice; addthe lime juice2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce2-4 dashes Maggi seasoning sauce (available at Asian and Latin groceries)2-4 dashes Tabasco sauce1 pinch of black or chipotle peppera light pilsner beer (Sol, Pacifico, Corona, etc) poured over the mixture. Enjoy.