A lime shortage on Cinco de Mayo? What about my margarita?

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Margaritas! One for you, and another for me.

Margaritas! One for you, and another for me. (Photo by Franceasca Seiden)

You might have heard about the worldwide lime shortage. The timing of it couldn’t be any worse as Cinco de Mayo is here. What will we do without our precious and key ingredient: limes? 

¡Cálmate!

Yes, calm down people. It’s pretty bad though. Forget that most limes are grown Mexico, and that this year’s growing season was sparse. Or that the cartels had been looting the lime supply on its way to the border. Try not to focus too hard on the fact that they’re calling limes “oro verde,” or, “green gold.” Which explains why a case $30 of limes are now as high as $130.

I know this sounds like a headlining show for AMC, but let’s not get away from talking about a solution. A really simple solution that applies to just about any recipe, whether it’s cooked or in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. 

It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, this lesson is crucial. When executing every recipe, the flavor comes from fresh ingredients. Just use the best quality along with the freshest items you have on hand, and you’ll yield the best results.

And with less sugar, you’re less likely to have a killer hangover. Please be thoughtful though: sugarless doesn’t mean you can drink ten of these and be okay.

Take this margarita. To experiment, I went to my girlfriend’s house (thank you Franceasca), and after cutting open most of the limes, they didn’t look, smell or taste fresh. But I had an abundance of other things, lemons and orange. Tequila tastes delicious with citrus and while improvising, we found delicious.

Margarita mix.

Margarita mix. (Photo by Franceasca Seiden)

Add something sweet, and if you’re not into Splenda or Stevia like I am (the taste doesn’t work for me), you can learn to love the combination of tequila with Cointreau. I have a friend who sweetens drinks with dates, leaving them at the bottom of a pitcher to add natural sweetness too.

But then there are those of us who really love the flavor or the tequila with fresh juice over ice too. Whatever you do, make it your own. You will have the most fun trying out new of cocktails. HINT: you have to try more than one to get it right. And if you’re still unsure about experimenting on your own, try this recipe.

Mona’s (Almost) Lime-Free Margarita

Margaritas, with just the right amount of ingredients. Simple, elegant and delicious.

Margaritas, with just the right amount of ingredients. Simple, elegant and delicious. (Photo by Franceasca Seiden)

  • 3 shots of good tequila, preferably silver or blanco
  • 2 splashes of Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • ice

Throw everything into a glass and fill it with ice. I prefer shaken, but you can also stir until you’re ready to pour into a glass and love me for showing you how to make this.

A BIG thanks to the ultimate bartender (and friend), Cesar Flores!

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About Mona

I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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