I woke up early this morning, around 730am and was instantly productive—cleaning my apartment, doing the laundry—basic Saturday chores. By 1100am, however, I was starving and ready for lunch. I went to the fridge and found a left over vegetable quesadilla from my dinner party the other night and thought I would have a Mexican lunch. As I was pulling out all the fixings (sour cream, hot sauce, salsa) and warming the quesadilla I noticed a Corona Light staring back at me. Hmmm, I thought, that would really compliment my lunch and be a refreshing treat, but as I looked at the time, 1100am seemed a bit too early for a beer. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy morning and lunch time drinking—I am obsessed with bloody marys at brunch and having a glass of wine or pint of beer at lunch is always a treat (mind you the latter two drinks are generally enjoyed around or after noon).
I tried to reason with myself, but I just could not pull the beer out of the fridge at 1100am. But wait! About a month ago I was watching the Food Network and looked on curiously as Marcela Valladolid made her version of a Michelada—beer with lime juice and salt. I thought to myself that a Michelada sounded a bit more appropriate at 1100am, than say, just a straight beer. I didn’t feel like turning on my computer, so I thought I would wing it and try to make my own version of it (recipe below).
1. Wet the rim of a glass by dipping it in a shallow plate filled with water. Next take the glass and dip it in a plate filled with salt (make sure there is enough salt to coat the rim).
2. Fill the glass with ice—be generous.
3. Put in ¼ cup of lime juice (note: I just used store bought lime juice, but fresh squeezed might taste better).
4. Add about ½ of a Corona (or any other light beer).
5. Stir, serve, and enjoy!
Much to my surprise, it was delicious and refreshing and complimented my quesadilla perfectly. While I was drinking it, I realized it would also be the perfect cocktail to enjoy outside on a nice, hot summer day. Regardless, I didn’t feel the least bit bad about having a beer so early in the day, although by the time I actually sat down to enjoy it, it was about 1130am, close enough to noon, right?