The Michelada is one of those drinks with a million variations (The New York Times has a lengthy discussion about it here), but the essence of it is beer and spice — and often tomato juice.
Tecate has now released a pre-mixed Michelada, the first of its kind in the U.S. This one is of the non-tomato juice variety. It is a relatively simple blend of Tecate beer, natural lime flavor, and spices.
Sounds like a winning plan, and you’re pretty much getting what you expect here. The lime flavor is understated and not overly chemical, the spices adding a gentle saltiness and very mild heat to the beverage. This is hardly a “big” concoction, and those who like their Micheladas spiced up (or packed with any real flavor) will probably prefer to make them from scratch.
Basically, there’s not a lot to this drink, but there’s not a lot to a can of Tecate, either, is there? Fairly harmless in the way most Mexican beer, Michelada or not, tends to be.
B- / about $2 per 16 oz. can / tecate.com
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