How to make a Chavela drink with Modelo lager and optional tequila shot.
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What is a Chavela Drink?
Chavela is Mexican beer cocktail with tomato juice, seasoned with hot sauce, garnished with lemon or lime and served in a glass rimmed with coarse salt or spicy chile lime salt such as Tajin.
How is Chavela Different from Michelada?
A chavela is a classic cerveza preparada (prepared beer), just like its close relative the Michelada. Both are very popular in Mexico.
However, there are several principal differences between the two light beer cocktails.
- Chavela is a bit simpler compared to Michelada – it uses fewer ingredients (for example no Worcestershire sauce).
- Chavela includes tomato juice while classic Michelada does not.
- Chavela is typically made with cerveza clara (golden, crisp lager similar to pilsner), whereas Michelada is more commonly mixed with cerveza oscura (dark, amber colored lager in the style of Munich dunkel or Vienna lager).
- Chavela beverage is sometimes spiked with a shot of tequila or served with a shot of tequila on the side.