Of course, any type of glass can be recycled with lime wedges inside. At the recycling plant, the glass is shattered and melted at 1600 degrees, well above the flash point of cerveza-soaked lime wedges.
OK, so this question isn’t totally relevant down here in Mexico where the beer bottles are reused, not recycled.
Can the bottles be reused with wedges inside?
This question was answered rather obliquely late one night by a local bartender who used to work at a Corona Bottling Plant. He said that you will know if a bottle is cleaned and sterilized if it doesn’t have an old lime wedge floating in it before you open it.
And then there’s the old bar bet:
(Indicating an empty Corona with lime wedge in bottom of bottle).
- “I’ll bet you a beer that I can get this lime out of the bottle in less than a second.”
- “No, way – you’re on”.
(Rapidly swing the bottle down towards the floor with the opening facing downwards. The lime slides out like grease through a goose.)
If you’re the type of person who thinks that the way to win this bet is to break the bottle, you have perfect personality traits to hang out in a *real* cantina.