Michelada Hot Wings

The Michelada Cocktail is somewhat of a simple concoction of beer and hot sauce. One that never seems to be prepared the same way twice. I’m really not a beer drinker.. but dress it up in hot sauce and I’m down. My first experience with this Mexican cocktail was in college. A friend recommended it to help cure a massive hangover that I was suffering from.. Not sure if it helped but the restaurant where I indulged myself also had great tacos. So by the end of our meal I was pretty much hangover free.

I’ve learned that if you order a Michelada in Mexico it will taste a lot different than it does when prepared at one of my favorite Atlanta dining spots.
The variations are endless. From clam juice and tomato juice to simply lime and table salt.
How do you suppose this cocktail would taste as a marinade..
Let me answer that for you..

With my recent obsession for creating recipes out of my favorite cocktails, and with Cinco de Mayo creeping up on us.. I thought it would be a great addition to my party menu.
Now to keep it real, I had to try a few different variations to get this right..  At first, the beer taste was too overpowering, then it was too spicy.. then it wasn’t spicy enough.. Then I kicked my friend out for being so negative. So the final batch was just right.
Because I said so and there was no one there to tell me different.. But I’m always right so you’ll love these wings.. Trust me…
Bottoms up... chicken wings down.

Michelada Hot Wings
Prep Time- 20mins Cook Time-30mins Yield- 8 servings


Non-sticking cooking spray
8 chicken wings
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup Mexican Beer of your choice..I used Modelo Especial 
¼ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 tsp. Maggi seasoning *you can find this at your grocer, it is normally in the section with the stocks and bullion cubes 
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons honey
¼ teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 450
Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.
Add salt and pepper to a medium size bowl. Coat each chicken wing in salt and pepper mixture, then transfer to prepared baking sheet. Bake until skin is golden and crispy about 25 mins.
While chicken is cooking- Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until all ingredients are incorporated.
Once chicken is cooked, preheat broiler
Brush sauce mixture over each wing  and place back in the oven to broil for about 3 mins. Brush wings again with more sauce then turn them over and brush with sauce again. Place back in the oven to broil for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from oven and immediately brush with more sauce. Serve while hot.