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Serves 1

This beer cocktail is simple and delicious. For an even simpler version—the Chelada—salt the rim of an ice-filled pint glass, add light lager and fresh lime juice, and enjoy.

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  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 small lime
  • 1 12-fl.-oz. bottle light lager, such as Corona or Modelo Especial, chilled  
  • 2 dashes Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes soy sauce
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Cholula or Tabasco
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Pour 2 Tbs. salt into a small, wide dish. Wet the rim of a chilled pint glass with the lime. Dip the rim into the salt, margarita-style. Fill the glass with ice and squeeze the lime over the ice. Fill the glass with beer and then add the Worchestershire, soy, and hot sauce. Give a pepper mill a single twist over the ice. Stir gently until the drink takes on a uniform color. Serve immediately, with the remaining beer on the side for adding to the glass as you empty it. By the time you’ve finished, the heat of the drink will have subsided and you’ll be ready for another.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 110; Fat (g): 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 8; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 1170; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a great beer cocktail. For a twist, instead of using salt try celery salt. This drink goes great with any spicy food especially hot wings. Something quite different to offer your guests.

Great summertime drink. Have made it often, however, the recipe I had been using did not include the soy sauce. Try experimenting with different beers.

This is a classic drink found on many Mexican restaurant menus. I've been making this at home for some time but, I add a small amount of tomato juice. Refreshing and hearty.

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