It's great on fruit and even better on a beer can
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Yesterday, New York City saw its hottest day in five years. It was one of those brutally hazy, humid days where simply moving your body is a chore. So, naturally, I found myself on a quest for Tajin Clasico Seasoning. If you haven't tried Tajin, odds are you've probably seen it before, either in a grocery store or in a bodega or in any place that sells Mexican food products. Maybe you've spotted it as a seasoning for fruit salad, or hanging out behind a bar as an accoutrement for micheladas. Regardless, now that we are in the peak of summer, I am here to tell you that Tajin is the seasoning friend that you've been looking for.

What is Tajin Clasico Seasoning? It's a mixture of dehydrated lime, chili peppers, salt, and a little bit of anti-caking substance. It usually comes in a bottle of five ounces for less than three dollars. It will last you a while even if you use it liberally on everything, which you should. It's excellent on watermelon, mango, jicama, cucumber, zucchini, peaches, pineapple, and probably a bunch of other fruits I'm not even thinking of.

It's also integral to my go-to summer party move that's perfect for a picnic, cookout, beach day, boat, or other outside adventure. First, choose your preferred cold beer. Modelo is great, but I've also had luck with Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Corona, Victoria, and Pacifico. You want the kind of beer that is marketed by temperature and not flavor, so stay away from IPAs, stouts, sours, and any other flavor bombs. Ideally you wouldn't be that mad if you lost a can of this beer in the ocean. Then grab either some fresh limes cut into wedges or a squeezer of lime juice concentrate and a bottle of tajin. When you arrive at your destination, add lime and a liberal shake of Tajin on the rim of your cheap, cold beer. Voila: an in-the-can-michelada.

The chili peppers in Tajin Clasico aren't that hot, so don't fear if you're usually spice-averse. (If you have the opposite concern, there's also a habanero version you can order, though I've never found it in the wild.) And if, like me, you quickly become obsessed with the seasoning, you can pick up a 10-pack of .35 ounce bottles on Amazon and carry one in your bag at all times.