Chelada Beer Cocktail

A super-refreshing citrus beer cocktail served in a chile and salt rimmed glass over ice.

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Chelada Beer Cocktail with Lime & Tajin
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 jalapeno 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 jalapeño for garnish optional


  • Wash the lime, cut it in half, squeeze 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.
  • Pour about a tablespoon of salt of Tajin or salt onto another 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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican, Sonoran, Sonoran Style, Sonoran Style Mexican
Keyword beer cocktail recipe, Chelada Beer cocktail recipe, Chelada recipe, citrus cocktail recipe, mexican cocktail recipe, sonoran recipe, Taste of Tucson cookbook recipe, Taste of Tucson recipe, Tucson Sonora recipe


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