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Cheers to National Michelada Day

If you're a fan of refreshing drinks on a hot summer day, then National Michelada Day 2024 is the perfect excuse to raise a glass. For foodies and beer lovers alike, or for anyone looking to cool down in summertime, this day has evolved to celebrate one of Mexico's most iconic beverages.

The Michelada in the U.S. is a widely known tomato juice and beer beverage, seen at sports games, bars and restaurants. But, the traditional Michelada was simply a refreshing combination of beer, lime, ice and salt. Today many mixologists have adapted new ways to enjoy the classic recipe. Keep reading to access a Melon Michelada recipe from world-renowned bartenders!

What is Michelada Day?

Michelada Day is a celebration dedicated to the beloved Mexican drink known as the Michelada. This tangy and spicy concoction has become a favorite among beer enthusiasts around the world.

National Michelada Day is celebrated on July 12th each year. This date was chosen to coincide with the height of summer, making it the perfect time to enjoy an ice-cold Michelada. Mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the festivities!

How to Celebrate Michelada Day in 2024

There are countless ways to celebrate National Michelada Day. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Host a Michelada Party: Invite friends and family for a Michelada tasting event. Provide different types of beer, mixers, and garnishes so everyone can create their unique version of the drink.
  • Visit Local Bars and Restaurants: Many bars offer special Michelada menus or discounts on this day. Check out what your local bars and restaurants have to offer.
  • Try New Recipes: Experiment with different Michelada recipes at home. Scroll down for our favorite!

The Michelada Drink

A traditional Michelada drink in Mexico consists of light beer, fresh lime juice, and ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Variations like the michelada cubana add Maggi seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce, cayenne, and more. Contrary to belief, tomato juice, Bloody Mary mix, and Clamato are not traditional ingredients. A beer with Clamato is known as Clamato con cerveza — a tried and true drink for the morning after.

Today, Micheladas served in the U.S. are often a combination of these traditional beverages. And even then, many bars and bartenders have taken creative liberties (like this Melon Michelada recipe below).

The Michelada Ingredients

Today, Micheladas typically include the following ingredients:


The base of any Michelada is beer. Light lagers are commonly used, but you can experiment with different types to find your preferred taste.

Lime Juice

Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy kick that balances the beer's bitterness.

Hot Sauce

A few dashes of hot sauce bring the heat. Popular choices include Tabasco or Valentina.

Worcestershire Sauce

This adds a savory depth to the drink, enhancing its complexity.

Tomato Juice

Some variations include tomato juice for a richer, more substantial drink.

Salt and Pepper

A pinch of salt and a dash of pepper round out the flavors.

N/A Melon Michelada Recipe

Good Time Brewing had the ultimate pleasure of having our N/A IPA in the hands of the great team at Schmuck. The Schmuck crew – Moe Aljaff and Juliette Larrouy of Two Schmuck’s in Barcelona (listed on the Top 50 Best World’s Best Bars list) – put our IPA’s hoppy back body to work in a delicious take on a Michelada.

For those who prefer a non-alcoholic option, here's a delicious, creative Melon Michelada recipe:

Get your hands on (in our opinion) the best Michelada recipe below!

Melon Michelada with Good Time Brewing N/A IPA (Serves 2)


  • ½ c. Cantaloupe Cordial (see note)
  • 1 can of a Good Time Brewing N/A IPA
  • 2 tbsp lime
  • 2x dash of Mikey’s Hot Honey
  • 2x dash of Valentino hot sauce
  • Optional: tajin or salt for garnish


To prepare Cantaloupe Cordial (makes 4.5 cups — there's typically extra!):

  1. Cut 1 ripe cantaloupe in half and scoop the insides into a blender.
  2. Add 1 cup of pure sugar and 1 heaping tablespoon of citric acid to the blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.

To serve:

  1. Distribute 1 can of Good Time Brewing's non-alcoholic IPA evenly into two glasses.
  2. Pour in Cantaloupe Cordial mix until full.
  3. Garnish by running lime rind along the rims and sprinkling with tajin or salt.
  4. Enjoy your refreshing N/A Melon Micheladas!

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Whether you're a seasoned Michelada lover or new to this flavorful drink, National Michelada Day is the perfect opportunity to gather your friends, cool down, and savor the rich cultural heritage behind this iconic beverage. Cheers to good times and great drinks!

Happy celebrating!

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