Ah, summertime in NYC. In my neighborhood in Brooklyn, people are hanging out on stoops and in clusters of folding chairs after the sun goes down, the smell of garbage on trash days is redolent enough to make a person dry heave while walking to the train, and the sound of gunfire can be heard on Sunday afternoons. Meanwhile the humidity is so thick you can practically see it in the air like fog. It's the time of year you just try to survive—because the payoff is fall in NYC, and it's totally worth it.
On my list of necessities for getting through the summer? Sunblock, plain seltzer, electric fans, AC, Netflix, and Micheladas. Perhaps the ultimate summer 'beertail', Micheladas marry heat, citrus, and beer in a concoction that manages to be both cooling and warming, refreshing and spicy. When I recently invested in a bottle of Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters' siracha bitters, I knew that it was about to take our Michelada game up a notch. And so it did.
Andrew's Michelada Recipe
One bottle of Pacifico
One ounce of tequila or mezcal
Juice from half a lime
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Slice of jalapeño (as large as you can handle)
A few drops of agave nectar
4–5 drops of Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters siracha bitters
Sprinkle of salt
Add lime juice, agave, salt, jalapeno and bitters to a glass. Add beer and stir gently. Enjoy!