Chelada, super refreshing mexican drink

The Chelada is a refreshing and delicious drink that combines beer with lime and salt. Here's a basic recipe to prepare a classic Chelada

If you haven’t had a Chelada yet, I invite you to experiment with this recipe at your next get-together with friends or simply on a relaxing afternoon at home. There is nothing more refreshing and delicious than a well-prepared Chelada to beat the heat and enjoy life. Cheers!

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What is a chelada?

Cheladas are a variety of prepared beer originally from Mexico. Its name comes from the combination of the words “chela,” which is a colloquial way of referring to beer in some Latin American countries, and “helada,” which means cold. This drink is very popular in Mexico and has been gaining followers around the world due to its unique and refreshing taste.



  • Beer. The chelada is made from a light beer, preferably lager style. You can choose the brand you like, preferably a Mexican brand such as Modelo or Corona.
  • Lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is one of the main ingredients of the chelada. Add the juice of half a lemon to the drink.
  • Sal. To prepare the chelada, the rim of the glass is usually rimmed with salt. You can use table salt or margarita salt.
  • Ice. The chelada is served very cold, so adding ice cubes to the glass is important.

How to prepare the best chelada?

Choose the right glass: To enjoy a Chelada, it is advisable to use a medium to large glass, such as a water glass or a beer mug. Make sure the glass is clean and dry before starting.

Cut a lemon: Take a lemon and cut it in two halves. Use one of the halves to moisten the rim of the glass. You can do this by gently running the lemon around the edge, making sure to cover the entire surface.

Prepare the salt: On a flat plate, put enough salt to cover the area where you will place the rim of the glass. Fine table salt works well, but you can also experiment with coarser or special salts, such as sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. If you want a spicy touch, add chile ancho or chile tajín.

Frost the rim of the glass: Take the glass with the moistened rim and place it upside down on the plate with salt. Turn the glass gently so that the salt sticks to the rim. Lift the glass and remove excess salt by lightly shaking or gently tapping the bottom.

Chill the glass (optional): If you want to enjoy an even more refreshing Chelada, place the frosted glass in the freezer for a few minutes before preparing the drink.

Serve: Once the glass is frosted with salt, it is ready to serve your Chelada. Fill the glass with ice, pour the beer and the other ingredients of the recipe you have chosen, and enjoy this delicious and refreshing drink.

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Types of chelada

The base of a Chelada is beer, preferably a light lager, mixed with lemon and salt, but there are many different variations and styles. Here are three of the most popular ones:

Classic Chelada: The simplest and most delicious version. It consists of pouring beer in a glass with ice, adding lemon juice to taste, and a pinch of salt. Stir and enjoy.

Michelada: A spicier variant with a citric touch. To the basic Chelada recipe, add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, and tomato juice. This mixture is served in a glass rimmed with salt and chili powder.

Chelada with clamato: Ideal for those who love the taste of tomato. To the basic Chelada, add clamato, a mixture of tomato and clam juice. This version is especially popular in northern Mexico and can be complemented with ingredients such as shrimp, cucumber, and celery.

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Alejandra Graf
The Chelada is a refreshing and delicious drink that combines beer with lime and salt. Here’s a basic recipe to prepare a classic Chelada
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 21 kcal


  • 1 medium to large-sized glass (like a pint glass or a beer mug)


  • 1 light lager beer preferably Mexican, such as Corona, Modelo, or Pacifico
  • 1 large lime
  • Salt to taste
  • Ice


Prepare the salt-rimmed glass by following these steps:

  • a. Cut a lime in half and rub one of the halves around the rim of the glass to moisten it.
  • b. Pour a sufficient amount of salt onto a flat plate. Place the moistened rim of the glass in the salt, rotating gently to adhere the salt to the rim.
  • c. Remove excess salt by lightly shaking the glass or gently tapping the bottom.
  • Fill the glass with ice up to approximately 3/4 of its capacity.
  • Squeeze the lime over the ice in the glass. If you prefer it less tangy, you can use only half a lime.
  • Slowly pour the beer into the glass, allowing the foam to settle before continuing to pour. Fill the glass to the brim, but be careful not to pour too quickly to avoid overflowing.
  • Add a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Gently stir the mixture with a spoon or a stirrer to combine all the ingredients.


This is just one of the many variations of Cheladas you can prepare. Experiment with different flavors and combinations, such as adding hot sauce or other ingredients to create your own unique version.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.4mg
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Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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