Chelada Beer Cocktail Recipe

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Chelada Beer Cocktail Recipe
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Category: Taste of Tucson: Sonoran Style Recipes

Cuisine: Mexican

Author: Jackie Alpers

Chelada Beer Cocktail Recipe

This super-refreshing citrus beer cocktail is served in a chile and salt rimmed glass over ice. It’s kinda like a beer margarita. I love it because it’s a big drink that lasts a long time and it has considerably less sugar and calories than a margarita. 

Use a Mexican lager or amber beer such as Dos Equis. If you want to make this drink spicier you can garnish the drink with a jalapeño slice or two. Serve in a traditional chelada glass if possible.


  • 1 12-ounce bottle of Mexican amber or lager beer such as Dos Equis
  • One lime, preferably Mexican
  • 1 tablespoon Rose’s lime juice
  • Sea Salt or chile/salt blend such as Tajin for the glass rim
  • Slice of jalapeno for garnish, optional


  • Wash the lime, cut it in half, squeeze some of the juice onto a plate, then dunk the rim of the glass into the lime juice and swirl to coat. Then swirl the rim in chili lime salt to coat. Tajin makes a handy
  • Pour about a tablespoon of salt of Tajin or salt onto a small plate then swirl the wet rim of the glass in the salt to coat.

  • Fill the glass with ice. Squeeze the remaining lime into the

  • glass and pour in the Rosa’s lime juice. Garnish with the lime slice with the
  • slit in it that you used to wet the rim of the glass and the Jalapeno slice if
  • using. Pour in the beer and enjoy.


This recipe is an outtake from my cookbook Taste of Tucson that was cut for space.
The author holding a Chelada beer cocktail with chile rimmed glass and lime over ice.