Budweiser Chelada copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Budweiser Chelada

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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 Budweiser's Chelada recipe as a remarkable hangover cure, and after some extensive personal experimentation, I must concur.

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Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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

      Makes 1 serving.

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Score: 4.24. Votes: 25
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Oct 7, 2021, 13:38

Spot on! I made this and did a side by side comparison with a Budweiser Chelada Original and couldn't tell the difference.Good job!

Steven D Broadway
Sep 12, 2020, 15:53

I've been preparing this drink "exactly" as described and love it! Every time I've served it to friends they loved it and begged for the recipe. I actually enjoy this BETTER than the Budweiser version and prefer to use Bud Light Platinum for the beer (it has higher alcohol content). Now that I think about it, I'm going to have a few tonight! Enjoy!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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