The Mexican Ashtray, A Killer "Cerveza Preparada" To Make Tonight

How To Chill Harder is a series on making magic out of simple things to get the most of your chill time. 

Cousin to the much-loved Michelada, the Mexican Ashtray is an even simpler-to-make "cerveza preparada" that anyone who loves cold beer, salt and spice needs in their repertoire. 

What you'll need: 

  • Ice cold, clean *cans* of Tecate, Sol, Pacifico or similar Mexican lager 
  • Limes cut into wedges 
  • Hot sauce (we like Cholula Original) 
  • Coarse freshly ground black pepper 
  • Kosher salt (optional) 


  • Grab a clean, ice cold can of Mexican lager 
  • Rim about 1/3 of each can in kosher salt (this step is entirely optional; Mexican Ashtrays are just as delicious with or without salt) 
  • Without opening the can, squeeze a lime wedge onto the top 
  • Add a few shakes of hot sauce and a few grinds of black pepper 
  • Enjoy! 

The Mexican Ashtray: a simple pleasure where the whole is a hell of a lot greater than the sum of its humble parts.

Try them at your next BBQ, party, tailgate, or meeting.  

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