Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sauerkraut Michelada

A michelada is a Mexican drink made with beer, ice, salt, and something sour—depending where you are, it might be some combination of lime juice, tomato juice, clam juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or the like. It's a great drink for hot weather, like we're having here in Boston (98 and humid tomorrow!).

But here's the thing—I don't like tomato juice, I didn't have any clam juice, and I wanted something more than just preserved lime.

What to do?

I scanned the refrigerator, and it came to me: sauerkraut michelada!


Actually, michelada with mixed fermented vegetables: red cabbage, turnips, parsnips, beets. I topped it off by rimming the glass with sal de gusano (ingredients: salt, chile pepper, and roasted agave worm).

So in addition to my refreshing beer, I got some fermented vegetable probiotics (which probably survive quite a while in the mere few percent alcohol of an iced-down beer), and some minerals from the worm salt.

Delicious!

(And it got me thinking...kimchi michelada?)

10 comments:

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

I don't think there could possibly be a drink in the world that I am less likely to try, but I LOVE that you made it! (It might help if I actually liked beer to begin with, ha)

Geno said...

Now that sounds like a great idea!

Alex Lewin said...

Barefeet--hahaha! Thanks for the support, even if it's not your thing...

Alex Lewin said...

Geno, if you're in Boston, I'll make you one. Let me know.

Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE said...

You had me at Michaelada!

Alex Lewin said...

Heh. Now if I only had some raw meat to go with it. Oh, wait a minute, I have a corned beef!

Skot said...

That sounds freaking delicious! I've made several different kinds of this drink, and lately begun adding the juice of my natural ferments, like sauerkraut, or beet kvass.

Alex Lewin said...

Skot, nice! Definitely refreshing. The salt is good on a hot day.

a girl and a crock said...

LOVE it. Thanks to Scott G for sending me this way! Alex, I had a michelada two nights ago and I wish this genius had come to me. I look forward to digging into this blog.

Alex Lewin said...

a girl and a crock:

Occupation: encouraging microbial action

I love it!

Were you at the Freestone Fermentation Festival? Awesome, right?