Tacos, served with a slice of lemon. Photo credit: scotthocker, Instagram
"These here tacos came with a lemon. The #limepocalypse is real. God help us all." So tweeted food writer Scott Hocker, observing that thanks to drought, America is seriously short on limes. It’s impacting everything from the taco shop toppings bar to in-flight cocktail options. (The Associated Press reports, “United Airlines has had to make do with lemons on some flights, saying the California drought has limited its lime supply.” Gin and tonic…with lemon?!)
Limes have outpaced lemons in price, by a lot: One San Francisco bar owner reports that he’s seen limes jump from $23 to $100 per case. Bars are charging more for margaritas, others are eliminating limes as garnishes, and some are substituting acid phosphate for citrus juice, reports Eater (whose editors invented the excellent hashtag #limepocalypse).
Americans are not taking this news that limes may soon become more elusive in stride. One clearly has her eye on Cinco de Mayo:
Yeah, don’t mess with people’s margaritas:
And know that we may not be far from a dark, secretive, lime-based barter economy…
… because prices have simply gone through the roof:
And you could always take the denial route, like this guy:
Which might be our approach. See you in Margaritaville.