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Will bars lack a specific zest on May 5?

The lime is the most popular cocktail garnishment. One lime can typically garnish a maximum of eight drinks. (

Cinco de Mayo is a festive holiday celebrated by many with nachos, tacos and without a doubt, a few margaritas. There’s nothing like the perfect mix of triple sec, tequila, sweet and sour mix, and salt to spice up the celebration.

The margarita is never quite complete, though, without the fresh zest of lime to christen each glass. But will this mandatory margarita flare be around for our enjoyment this May 5?

Due to a bad harvest in Mexico, lime prices have shot up. At this time last year, the weighted average price for a single lime was 21 cents; now they’re 53 cents apiece, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Douglas County stores they are more than a dollar.

Rumor has it that unrest caused by Mexican drug cartels has also reduced the supply, but flooding in lime-growing areas is the only confirmed cause.

This could lead to our favorite restaurants and bars removing the lime garnish, not only on margaritas, but on cuba libres, gin and tonics and many others.

The lime is the most popular garnishment and is used on a large variety of cocktails. And considering the size and shape of a lime, one lime can usually garnish a maximum of only eight drinks.

So will this affect the celebrations on Monday? Probably not. The management staff at Raapers Eatery and Ale guaranteed that regardless of the price of limes, their margaritas will still be graced with their flare.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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