Learn the history of the michelada; the legendary beer of Potosí origin

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Who invented the michelada? This is its origin

The michelada is one of the most popular drinks in Mexico, especially in hot weather. It consists of beer mixed with lime juice, salt, and various sauces, such as Worcestershire, soy, or chili. But do you know who invented the michelada and where it comes from?

According to some versions, the michelada was born in San Luis Potosí, in the Club Deportivo Potosino, where a member named Michel Ésper used to order his beer with lime, salt, and ice in a salt-rimmed glass. He called his drink “chabela”, but soon his friends started to ask for a beer “like Michel’s”, or “michelada” for short.

Another version attributes the invention of the michelada to a general named Augusto Michel, who also liked to drink his beer with lime and salt in the state of Sinaloa. He was known as “Don Michel”, and the drink was named after him.

There are also other stories that link the origin of the michelada to different states, such as Jalisco, Veracruz, or Chiapas, or even to other countries, such as Chile or Nicaragua. However, there is no conclusive evidence to support any of these claims.

What is certain is that the michelada has become a very popular drink in Mexico and beyond, with many variations and ingredients that suit different tastes and preferences. Some of the most common types of michelada are:

  • Cubana: with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, and Maggi seasoning.
  • Clamato: with clam and tomato juice, also known as clamato.
  • Chelada: with only lime juice and salt, without any sauces.
  • Ojo rojo: with tomato juice and chili sauce, also called bloody beer.
  • Gomichela: with gummy candies on the rim of the glass or inside the drink.

Source: UNO TV