Corona

I’ve had a long standing respect for tequila, but the distilled output of agave plants is by no means the only booze stamped “Made in Mexico”.

With Cinco de Mayo celebrations a day away and Salma Hayek shilling for Burger King, south of the border (the American one at least) things are heating up.

Sadly, the country’s superstar brand — Corona Extra (6×330 ml, $12.95 – $14.09) — gets a bum rap from beer aficionados thanks to its lean-bodied flavour and clear glass bottle (which fanatics swear allows natural  light to affect its flavour).

Whatever you believe, Corona is a great beer to have with any food that’s eclectic — especially if it’s spicy.

Of course, the last thing I would do is allow a bartender to jam a wedge of lime into any Corona bottle I’ve ordered. They may seem to go together like Brad and Angelina but the union of lime and liquid really began as a way to keep flies out of an opened bottle. It turns out that the acidity in the citrus makes them bug off.

Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces.

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