Behind the Scenes - George’s Makes Michelada

16 August 2023
Behind the Scenes - George’s Makes Michelada

Have you ever wondered what brings that irresistible and refreshing burst of flavors to your lips when you sip on a Michelada? At George’s International Market, we’re not only your one-stop shop for all the authentic ingredients you need to make this iconic Mexican drink, we also offer the traditional dishware to serve it.

We’re talking about our clay cantaritos! They’re an integral part of Mexico's rich pottery tradition and culinary culture. Known for their rustic charm and distinctive look, these small clay pots are often used to serve a variety of traditional Mexican beverages. The Cantaritos are made from natural clay and fired in a kiln, which gives them their unique, earthy character.

But their appeal goes beyond just aesthetics. These clay pots are porous, and this quality lends a subtle, earthy flavor to the drinks served in them, thereby enhancing the overall sensory experience. It's not uncommon to see a Cantarito filled with a fruity cocktail, brimming with fresh citrus fruits and tequila, a drink also referred to as a "Cantarito."

One of the most enjoyable aspects of using clay cantaritos is that they keep your drink cooler longer due to the clay's natural insulation properties. So, whether you're sipping on a refreshing cocktail on a hot summer's day or enjoying a warm drink on a chilly evening, a clay cantarito adds a touch of traditional Mexican charm to your experience. At George's International Market, we offer these authentic clay cantaritos, helping you to embrace international traditions right here in Fort Wayne.

Now it’s time to pull back the curtain to reveal the secrets behind crafting the perfect Michelada!

Understanding Michelada

The Michelada is a popular Mexican cocktail, often likened to a beer-based Bloody Mary. It combines the effervescence of beer with the zing of lime juice, the heat of hot sauce, and a savory touch of Worcestershire and soy sauce. The cocktail is traditionally served chilled in a salt-rimmed glass.

Origin Story

The Michelada’s roots can be traced back to Mexico, where it's believed to have originated from a mix of beer and lime popular among Mexican soldiers in the 1940’s to boost morale. The name "Michelada" is a portmanteau of "mi chela helada," which roughly translates to "my cold beer."

Making Michelada

Ready to concoct your own Michelada? You’ll find everything you need in our aisles at George’s International Market:

  • Beer: Our selection of Mexican beers, such as Corona or Modelo, are perfect for this cocktail.
  • Lime Juice: Pick up some fresh limes from our produce section.
  • Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and Soy Sauce: Check out our condiment aisle for a variety of options.
  • Rim Salt: Grab a pack of salt from our spice section to rim your glass.
  • Traditional Clay Cantarito: Don't forget to pick up a traditional Michelada clay cantarito from our dishware section.

Enjoying Your Michelada

In Mexico, Micheladas are often enjoyed on hot summer days as a refreshing antidote to the heat. They're also a popular hangover remedy.

Remember, a Michelada is not just a cocktail; it's a celebration of Mexican culture in a glass. So next time you're looking to cool off or kick-start your day with a zing, why not mix up a Michelada at home? With George’s International Market as your go-to for authentic ingredients and traditional dishware, you're well on your way to mastering the art of this iconic Mexican cocktail.

Unsure of where to find these ingredients? Our friendly staff is always ready to help! Experience the behind-the-scenes magic of making a Michelada at George's International Market - where you'll discover a world of unique international flavors right in the heart of Fort Wayne.

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