Mexican summer drinks – Micheladas and Rusas

Summer is drawing to a close and in many parts of the US and Canada autumn has set in. However Mexico is still feeling the heat and humidity of summer. Nothing quenches thirst better than a Mexican summer drink. Of course all of you know how to make (virgin) margaritas, but you might not know how to make these. A Michelada contains alcohol, while a Rusa could be considered the virgin version of the same drink.

A ‘Michelada’ is basically beer with tomato juice (or Clamato), lime juice and spices. A Michelada is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of the beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America.  The origin of the word ‘Michelada’ is not clear. The word ‘chela’ is a popular way to call a beer in Mexico. It comes from the English word ‘chill’. When you ask for a chela you are asking for a cold beer. ‘Mix’ comes from the mix of sauces added to the beer. Therefore putting the two words together Mix-chela sounds like Michelada. Others argue that it stands for “Mi Chela Helada”, meaning ‘My cold beer’.

Recently, major beer producers have begun marketing these prepared beers. But as true Dancing Chefs we don’t like anything that isn’t fresh. There are 2 ways of preparing a Michelada, with or without tomato juice. It’s up to you to decide which version you like most. So go to the store, get some limes and tomato juice and let’s get started…….


1 beer

2 ounce of lime juice or juice of 2-3 limes

5 ounce of tomato juice (or Clamato if available)

1/8 ounce of Worchester sauce

Salt to taste

Ice cubes


Put some lime juice on one plate and salt on another. Put the glass upside down and sit in the lime juice. Then put the glass in the plate with salt and salt the rim of the glass.

Add ice cubes to the glass, the tomato juice, lime juice, Worchester sauce and salt to taste. Stir to mix the ingredients and fill the glass with beer. Stir again and your Michelada is ready!


If you want to make a Rusa, the preparation is similar. This is a great drink when it’s hot outside and it’s low in calories too!


Juice of 2-3 limes

Salt to taste

Ice cubes


Salt the rim of the glass as mentioned in the Michelada recipe. Add the ice cubes, lime juice and salt to taste. Stir to mix the ingredients and then fill up with mineral water. As you can see this is similar to a lemonade but without the sugar.


Hope you enjoy these recipe as much as we do!



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