Several years ago on a trip to Mexico, a bartender made me The Chelada one morning after a fun night out the evening before. He promised me The Chelada would cure my hangover. I watched him make the the chelada using beer, clamato juice, lime and a few other of his secret ingredients. When he brought it to me it looked suspiciously like a bloody mary but not as thick as a bloody mary and not decorated with a salad bar of garnishes. I wasn’t sure about it when I first saw it because a bloody mary isn’t my favorite drink, but I decided to give it a try after the bartender’s promise of it curing my hangover. The first sip was surprisingly delicious. The Chelada tastes a little like beer, a little tiny bit like a bloody mary, but without the thick texture that turns me off. It had a hint of lime and a little spice and oddly, no ice. I drank it down in a few gulps and the bartender was right, it did cure my hangover. The Chelada became one of my favorite vacation drinks and every year when we go to Mexico, I look forward to drinking it.
About a year ago my Mom, also known as Original Tipsy, was telling me about a canned drink she had that she loved. She was saying how it was her new favorite. I asked her what it was and it turns out…it was the Chelada! I had no idea they were packaging it in cans and selling it here in the states! I decided to make it my mission to try all of the canned Chelada’s and enlist the help of Original Tipsy to be my taste tester.
I recently partnered up with one of my favorite local grocery stores, Tony’s Fresh Market to highlight some of the great features in their stores. I shop at Tony’s often, so I knew that they have a fully stocked adult beverage section so I decided to start my Chelada research there. Sure enough, Tony’s Fresh Market had all the varieties of Chelada that I wanted to try. I decided to start with five different varieties:
- Bud Light with Clamato
- Modelo Tamrindo Picante
- Modelo Limon y Sal
- Modelo Especial
- Sol Chelada
Original Tipsy and I tried all five together and we didn’t find one we didn’t like. I know….Shocker. We did find different things about each one that we liked. Here are our findings:
- Bud Light with Clamato ~ on the sweeter side, comes in smaller cans for single serving, I tasted no lime and OG tipsy tasted a lot of lime. Overall a delicious Chelada for those that love sweeter drinks.
- Modelo Tamarindo Picante ~ this one was very smooth, it had a subtle heat that we both liked. Unique flavor, but probably wouldn’t have more than one of this variety.
- Modelo Limon y Sal ~ this was a better version of a bud lite lime. It reminded me of one of the best beers I had in my life in Anaheim at the Angels game. This chelada was icy cold and had the perfect balance of lime and salt. This does have a flavor of salt, so if you are not a salt lover like me, this may not be the chelada for you.
- Modelo Especial ~ this was good, but we both agreed there was nothing especial that stood out about it. It is a really good, traditional chelada. If you are looking for something straightforward and traditional, this is the chelada for you. This one had a strong flavor of beer and was also super effervescent.
- Sol Chelada ~ this one was more bloody mary than it was beer flavored. This was also very good , but again your typical standard Chelada, nothing that stood out as being different from a traditional Chelada.
If canned beverages aren’t your thing you can easily make your own Chelada and Tony’s Fresh Market has everything you need including extensive ethnic food options so you can get all kinds of great seasonings to make this drink your own. You can google any recipe on the internet, but the basic ingredients you can pick up from Tony’s are:
- Tajin Seasoning
- Worcestershire Sauce
The great thing about this drink is that there is no right or wrong way to make it once you have the basic components. Make a trip to Tony’s Fresh Market, explore the ingredients and come home and make yourself a great cocktail!
I hope you are enjoying your Summer as much as we are!
Thank you Tony’s Fresh Market for the opportunity to work with you on this post!
Until next time, happy eating and drinking!
I was compensated for this post by Tony’s Fresh Market. However, all opinions are my own.