Chelada, which is interchangeable with Michelada, is a Mexican cerveza preparada, or prepared beer. Start with beer, add tomato juice (or Clamato), lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. Serve chilled in a salt-rimmed glass, and “voila,” or rather, “hecho.”


Variations abound. In Mexico City, the most common recipe is: beer, lime, salt, and hot sauce/or chili. Add slices of orange as an optional step. A cubana contains Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, chile and salt.


Cheladas have become a new thing in the U.S. American beer producers are pre-packaging them and marketing them to the large Latin American population.


In Mexico, they are considered good remedies for hangovers.