Saturday, 15 September 2012

Micheladas for Día de Independencia!

As any Mexican school child can tell you, Dia de la Independencia tells the moving story of a movement led by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in a fight against decades of brutal class prejudice — culminating in a free and independence Mexico on September 16, 1821!

Although Cinco de Mayo has come to define all things Mexican in the US, it is this day when Mexicans (and Mexican communities worldwide) exhibit their swelling pride and patriotism with dancing, music, local parades, and family fiestas!

Although the day is officially marked on September 16th, modern celebrations usually begin the night before, on September 15th, with cries of "Viva Mexico!" shouted in town squares -- from Tijuana to Mexico City -- as the skies are illuminated with spectacular fireworks displays. The following afternoon, a grand military parade takes place in Mexico City as schools and most businesses close for the day so everyone can take part in the holiday festivities. - Chiff.com
And we Canadians are always happy to raise a glass to celebrate - especially if that glass holds beer! A michelada is a Mexican-style spiced lime beer that is perfect for celebrations. Cheers!

Rick Bayless' Michelada Recipe
for I♥CC Día de Independencia!
online recipe source - Zagat.com

This is a beer 'cocktail,' if you will, that adds zing to easier-drinking brews by stirring in some lime (and, potentially, hot sauce, Worcestershire, even Jugo Maggi) and serving it over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. I’ve written this recipe for a single serving – using a 12-ounce beer – because that’s how you make them, customizing them to your guests’ tastes:

A lime half for moistening the glass rim
Coarse salt
Ice cubes (you’ll need a generous cup)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 12-oz.beer (such as Bohemia for lighter beer lovers, Dos Equis or Negra Modelo for darker beer lovers)

To your own liking, add one or more of the following:
Hot sauce (usually about 1/2 teaspoon) such as Tabasco, Tamazula or Valentina
Worcestershire sauce (usually about 1/2 teaspoon)
Jugo Maggi (usually about 1/8 teaspoon)

Moisten the rim of a pint beer glass (or mug) with the cut side of the lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, then up-end the glass into the salt to crust the rim. Fill half full of ice and pour in the lime juice, followed by the beer. If you (or your guests) want, add hot sauce, Worcestershire and/or Jugo Maggi; stir just enough to combine everything.
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