10 Tips for Surviving the Lime Shortage During Cinco de Mayo

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The price of limes has tripled as the result of a harsh winter harvest in Mexico, and with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, everyone is scrambling to come up with alternate ways to get through the lime shortage.

While we agree there really is no substitute for a fresh squeeze of lime juice in guacamole or a mojito, necessity is the mother of invention, right? Here are our best tips for getting creative during the Cinco de Mayo lime shortage. Read ‘Cinco de Mayo without limes’ on lohud.com

  1. Substitute with fresh oranges, lemon or grapefruit. The flavor will be different, but still fresh and citrus-y.
  2. Make other Latin-inspired cocktails that use little or no lime, like a coconut martini.
  3. Try your hand at homemade tortillas. They’re easier than you think!
  4. Make a batch of dulce de leche and slather it on vanilla cookies, ice cream or pancakes.
  5. Fill your cooler with Mexican beers like Tecate, Carta Blanca or Negra Modelo.
  6. Make a Tequila Sunrise, with tequila, orange juice and grenadine syrup. Garnish with fresh orange slices and an umbrella.
  7. Make a fresh mango salsa with tomato, red onion, cilantro and jalapeno. No lime needed!
  8. Serve flan and decorate the plate with bright spring berries.
  9. Spice up a batch of fudge with a pinch of cayenne.
  10. For a non-alcoholic beverage, whip up a pitcher of horchata, a creamy and sweet drink made from rice milk, sugar and cinnamon.
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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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