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Budweiser Chelada Copycat Recipe
Budweiser Chelada
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 186
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.2 (24 reviews)

If you've never had a Chelada, the idea of mixing beer with Clamato juice may make your stomach turn. This odd combination of beverages has origins in Mexico that date back to the 1940s, when beer was mixed with lime, salt, and hot sauce or salsa. In early 2008, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) and Cadbury-Schweppes (Clamato) teamed up to produce the first canned Chelada beverage, which they dubbed "The Red One," and after a successful launch in select western states, the product is now exploding across the country. Many swear by the drink as a remarkable hangover cure, and after some extensive personal experimentation, I must concur.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

12 ounces cold Budweiser beer
3/4 cup cold Clamato juice
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1 drop Tabasco sauce
1 drop Worcestershire sauce
Pinch salt

Combine all the ingredients in an 18-ounce glass or small pitcher, stir gently, and serve.

Makes 1 serving.

Heavier on the Tobasco
Idaho Living  
Submitted on: 07/23/16
This is the best way to make non craft beer palatable.
Submitted on: 05/26/16
Add Tajin to the rim of the glass for a spicy lime flavor
Perfect hangover drink!
Submitted on: 11/14/15
Add celery salt in the rim of your glass w/ a celery stick. :)
Waste of ingredients!
Submitted on: 08/26/15
Taste was poor and the alcohol content is only half of the Budweiser product.
Budweiser Chelada
Submitted on: 06/13/15
Tastes like the real thing. Delicious!
My version
Submitted on: 10/21/14
I used Miller Lite instead of Bud and spicy V8 instead of Clamato; otherwise, I did everything else according to the recipe. It was amazing and refreshing all at once...
Submitted on: 10/12/14
This tastes exactly nothing like Bud Chelada.
Try this
Josh L  
Submitted on: 07/02/14
try and squeeze two fresh whole lemons into a 32 oz cup,with a dash of pepper half teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of picante clamato juice and stir and enjoy..make sure the bud is ice cold and the clamato juice is ice cold...
Close but no cigar
Submitted on: 06/26/14
Try adding maggi made by jugo just a dash
Submitted on: 06/16/14
There is a very popular drink in Mexico called the Michelada. It is very spicy and has very similar ingredients. I have been drinking Micheladas for many years and prefer them over drinking beer by itself. The is a good "not so spicy" version of the Michelada.
pump up octane
Submitted on: 04/13/14
good recipe and I also like it with a shot of jim beam added to it! don't laugh, try it!
Traditional Mexican Drink
Submitted on: 11/21/13
Great recipe. Mexican tradition in our house. Best for hang overs. Substitute Clamato with V8 and still very good. Hot sauce is minimum amount of hot sauce is a must. Use lime only never lemon.
Lu Ann Champ  
Submitted on: 11/21/13
I made this taste better. I used 12 drops Tobasco, 2 drops Worcestershire, 2 drops Lime Juice, dash of black pepper, and dash of Celery Salt. Way better
everyone i know hates it
Submitted on: 11/15/13
But i love it.. i make mine perdy spicy.. i also like the store bought versions..theres a lotta different kinds in Texas that are good.. modelo makes one thats ok.. but its really nothing new .. its just a damn bloody mary with beer instead of vodka.. just sayin
Close, but no cigar!
Submitted on: 08/07/13
This recipe is very good, but falls short of a Budweiser clone. I add six of seven drops of tabasco and it's still not as spicy and rich as Bud's. Still, it's a great drink!
Liliana Wheaton  
Submitted on: 10/09/11
This is my favorite happy hour beverage. Love it with the Clamato!
Kristi Arbuckle  
Submitted on: 11/03/08
This drink is very common in the bars and Lounges in Canada. I didn't realize that everybody didn't know about this along time ago.
Submitted on: 10/31/08
This recipe is great! Took me much trial and error before I found this site.
Submitted on: 10/30/08
Here in Canada we add a pickle spear or pickled asparagus or bean as a stir stick to this sociable.
Marilyn S  
Submitted on: 10/29/08
This is not considered a Chelada in Spanish speaking countries. This is Cowboy Beer. A michelada has all the same seasonings but no Clamato juice. A chelada is just lime juice salt and Mexican beer.
Submitted on: 10/28/08
In Canada, we call it a "Red Eye". We've been serving it for well over 30 years. And yes, if you have a hang over, it's a great cure. Cheers, Sam
Submitted on: 10/28/08
I was a bartender for years, we called it the poor man's Bloody Mary. It's good with Clamato, but I prefer using tomato juice and seasonings, or add your own Bloody Mary mix. Yummy!
Submitted on: 10/28/08
This is weekly ritual at our house. For those who don't like Clamato, (I do) substitute with V8.
Happy camper  
Submitted on: 10/27/08
I`ve been drinking this for years. Love it!!