Mexican drug cartels are behind lime shortage

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HOUSTON, TX – While the drug cartels are turning Mexico into a war zone, we here in America are suffering from a shortage of lime.  Holy margarita!

Violence, floods and a tree disease in the state of Michoacan are causing lime prices to sky-rocket, jumping from $14 a case to more than $100. Speaking of high altitudes, some airlines are already squeezing their supplies of limes to the last drop, and some other carriers have cut the green citrus from their menus altogether. Instead, here’s a lemon: make it work!

“We’re very cautious about how many limes we give to our customers,” said Tina Sirovatka, a barista at Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille. “We used to just hand them out like nothing, but now if you ask for them you’ll get them. If you don’t ask, you don’t get any limes: they’re too expensive.”

That’s right.  Restaurants and bars are also adjusting to the new circumstances. Nearly 95% of all U.S. lime imports come from Mexico, so that’s sour news. But you, mojito drinkers, look on the bright side: it’s always better to give a good tip for a lemon, than pay a ransom for your lime.