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What is Chavela (Chabela) Cerveza preparada ... beer with clam juice

rworange | Jun 30, 200607:16 AM     27

I’m sitting in a restaurant where neither customers nor staff speaks English. I’m only a few miles from Berkeley, Ca, for Dios sake.

On the special board under the molcajete is:

Chabela Cerveza preparada $7

So I’m guessing it is some sort of dish that has beer in it. There’s four items on the board. I wasn’t even understood when I said the name, pointed at the board ... no, no baja ... baja molcajete.

Finally the light comes on and the waitress points to the beer section. They are all in the $2- $3 dollar range. This stuff is seven bucks. Last try.

Cerveza? ... and I throw in a pantomime of drinking from a glass for good measure.

Si, si.

Hmmm ... Why so expensive ... and there was that enticing word preparada. Was this house-brewed hooch? Did that just mean a pitcher of beer? I passed and went with Bud. At home I Goggled.

Someone called it the poor man’s bloody Mary using beer and clamato. There are lots of variations on the web.

There seems to be a regular or preparada versions. From the many descriptions below I’m thinking that preparada is the one with shrimp.

Does this word have a meaning in Spanish? There were a lot of non-beer related hits.

And, how do you drink/eat this? Do you dunk the shrimp in the brew?

Where did it originate? I worked in Mexico City a year and never heard of it. A Monterey California newspaper said it was Guadalajaran.

The is the definition that appears the most:

1 part Clamato; 2 parts Beer; 1 squirt Lemon Juice; 3 dashes Tabasco Sauce; 2 drops Worchester Sauce.

Other versions:

White wine, beer, clamato, and lime juice in a salted mug, with 7 jumbo shrimp on the rim.

clamato and beer garnished with shrimp and crudite served with limes.

clamato, celery, wine, spices, carrots, lime, and citrus


corona beer,vodka,lemon,salt,chile

12 ounce corona, One 12 ounce Modelo (regular, not Negra), 6-8 ounces Clamato, Tapitio (to liking), ice, 2 shots of Tequila, Sqeeze 1/2 a lemon into mug. Stir, garnish with cooked prawns and a celery stick.

Here's the recipe from the Clamato site along with a video of the drink preparation.


*** Note: Edited July 4th, 2006 at 10 am to add link to Clamato website just above.

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