How to Make a Michelada

Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a variation on the michelada, a classic beer-based Mexican cocktail.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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(dance music)
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Hi, this is Evan Friedman at Tailor Restaurant
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in New York City.
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Champagne cocktails have been a brunch standard
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for years and years now.
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One thing that's quite unique in the United States, I think,
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that leads against all other countries is our connection
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to Mexico and the availability of Mexican ingredients.
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The influence of Mexican culture in the United States,
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perhaps, can be best summed up in the introduction
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of a burrito on Mcdonalds's menu.
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Mexican ingredients are quite familiar now in the US
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and a popular cocktail, that's actually a beer cocktail,
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is a michelada.
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Michelada is very simple to make.
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Basically, it's a beer with some flavorings in it.
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Now, my bar back, Paco, who makes this drink for me,
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insists on certain products to be used in this, but really,
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there's a million variations on the different spices
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and flavors that you can introduce into a neutral
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palette like a lager beer.
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This piquin pepper is something that he insists
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is very important in making a michelada.
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All I'm gonna do is sprinkle a little of that piquin pepper
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into the glass, and then this particular brand of hot sauce
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he also swears by, our salsa picante.
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Just gonna put a little drizzle of that into the glass.
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And then, finally, I'm gonna add some fresh lime juice
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from our lime squeezer.
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And that's it, really.
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Just a little bit of modification to a beer,
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and then you wanna use a Mexican lager like Modelo Especial
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and just pour that right over your flavoring.
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If you like, you can garnish that with a lime,
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but I think it looks great just like that.
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Very simple cocktail with a Mexican heritage, a michelada.