Mexico roped me in with food. I’m not a food freak at all but while in Mexico I simply loved the food and drink and the endless bars and restaurants in places like Mexico City, Oaxaca de Juarez and especially in San Cristobal de las Casas. With Friday’s Featured Foods to come on Mexico, it’s thirsty Thursdays time…
As I walked towards the Iglesia de Guadeloupe I noticed a small bar/kiosk called Nachos Beer. I was intrigued at the thought of it and stopped by to chat to the manager, a guy called Juan. I told him I’d walk up to the church and come back for some nachos and beer on the way back.
Then I realised I hadn’t yet had a Michelada – a Mexican beer based “cocktail”. So it was time. For 40 Mexican Pesos ($3 USD) I got a Michelada (using Sol beer) and a packet of nachos with cheese and dressing.
A total bargain and in a cool cafe away from the heat outside.
Not only did I chat to Juan the owner at length, but I also spoke to Linda who worked there and another Juan. I was able to speak a bit of Spanish again. But the highlight Thirsty Thursdays wise was the Michelada.
What’s in a Michelada?
Here are the rough ingredients, thanks to a fellow travel blogger, Cassie at Ever in Transit.com:
- Mexican lager beer (Modelo is typical)
- Clamato juice (or tomato juice, if you really can’t stomach the idea of clam juice in your beer)
- 3-4 splashes hot sauce, more or less to taste. I use Tapatío.
- 2 splashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 splashes of Maggi sauce (or soy sauce)
- Juice of one lime
- Tajín seasoning (or salt) for the rim
And with that you get a crazy mix of beer and spice and an awesome cocktail. In fact it’s one of my favourite drinks now.
How much was my Michelada and Nachos?
I got it for 40 Mexican Pesos for the Michelada and the Nachos, but you can get a Michelada in a bar on your own for 25 Pesos roughly! Thanks to Juan and all at Nachos Beer in San Cristobal de las Casas. Here’s a video I took: