This is the year of the dreaded lime shortage. This will put a cramp in my margarita consumption. I can’t imagine putting a lemon in a Corona. What is a gal to do?
One of my most memorable stories involving limes was a work trip to Hawaii in the late 90’s. I was young ,on a budget and staying a few extra days. I knew I couldn’t afford to have the amount of cocktails a twenty something year old would need. I decided the easiest drink to bring with me was the Fresca splash. I packed a 12 pack of fresca, a bottle of tequila and 6 limes. Again this was 1990 something and you could bring these things in a carry on. I threw a few post event cocktails party in my room. Price of admission, something to contribute. Either a snack or some other type of mixer. It was a really big bottle of tequila.
My attorney says I need to put this disclaimer in case of this blog getting popular and some government agency tries to fine me $50,000 for bringing in unclaimed produce. ” I cannot clearly remember that there were actually limes.”
So let’s for the sake of arguments say there was a bottle of maraschino cherries.
Hey look at that!!! One lime associated memory, the fear of being fined and look I solved our lime crisis for at least one drink..
What you need.
1 can of Fresca.
1-2 shots of tequila ( don’t skimp on the quality it will bite you later)
A jar of maraschino cherries.
Use a tall glass filled with ice. Pour your tequila over the ice. Squeeze your quarter lime over it. Toss the
piece of lime Maraschino cherry into the glass. Pour a little extra of the juice into the glass. Top off with Fresca. Stir with a stirrer or I found a Twizzler ( red liquorice) and stirred with that and left in for garnish. You can also cut the ends off and drink use the liquorice as a straw.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. I will continue to monitor the status of limes. I am thinking of inventing a fresh strawberry lemon margarita type drink tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it turned out.