I know that parenting is always a roller coaster ride of ups and downs throughout the day. Things seem to be going along swimmingly, and then the bliss is disrupted by a sibling squabble, a spilled drink all over your freshly cleaned kitchen floor, a scraped knee from a scooter mishap. It's all part of the “daily deal”. During the school year the roller coaster ride is limited to just those afternoon and weekend hours when all of the kids are home with you- and you are usually so busy trying to wrangle homework, chauffeuring duties and making dinner- that it all goes by in a blur of activity.
But during the summer when you run your own “Summer Camp at Home” and the kids are all with you all day long every day…. well- the ups and downs are real. Sure- there are plenty of Instagram-worthy moments like these:
Strawberry picking at a family farm
Hiking in a local nature preserve (stopping at the “Hawk Watch” overlook)
Running a 5K race with Dad
And then there are all of the moments that aren't “made for social media”… like me walking through the house nagging everyone to “turn off their devices and get outside”. Like me holding my hands over my ears as my teens crank up their music so loud that my neighbors surely think we've turned this place into a summer frat house (and lyrics to these tunes…. oh my gawd….. when did I lose control over what they can download?). Like me throwing out tons of “fun” ideas only to be told they are “lame” and the teens are not coming along? AARRRGGGGHHHH!
Which is why we Parent “Camp Counselors” Need National Michelada Day in our lives!
Basically- it's a holiday created around an adult-beverage. As the story goes, the Michelada made its first appearance in Mexicali at the “Bar los V-tarros” where it was very common to experiment with drink mixes in an effort to find the perfect antidote for the hot, sultry climate (there's no mention on whether or not the stress of summer parenting had anything to do with the motivation to create this drink… but you know… maybe…..).
Bar owner Mr. Camacho and his good friend created the now very popular Michelada, a mix of Clamato® with beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lime, and pepper. The recipe became so popular, it quickly spread from Mexicali to the rest of world, and now we celebrate this iconic drink on National Michelada Day on July 12th!
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Clamato® juice was created in California in 1969, and it is a tangy and tasty cocktail made with tomato juice and a blend of spices that livens the senses.People who use Clamato to prepare food and drinks fondly refer to it as “My Clamato.” Because of its versatility, Clamato allows you to prepare an almost infinite variety of tasty recipes with your personal flair. Now, Clamato® is an indispensable ingredient used in many beverages, including the traditional Michelada.
Here's how to make them:
- 2 cups Clamato® juice
- 2 cups Mexican lager beer (I used Modelo)
- 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, more or less to taste (I used Tobasco)
- 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Tajín seasoning for the rim
- Koher salt for the rim
- Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lime onto a small plate. Mix together the kosher salt and Taijin seasoning on a 2nd plate. Dip rim of glasses into lime juice and then into seasoning mixture to coat the rim.
- Mix Clamato®, beer, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and soy sauce in a large pitcher.
- Fill glasses with ice, and add Michelada mixture.
- Garnish with a lime and enjoy!
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