Lime shortage drives up prices

In this Monday, April 28, 2014 photo, a margarita cocktail is served at the bar of Luna Park restaurant in Los Angeles. Thousands of restaurateurs from coast to coast who have fallen victim to the Great Green Citrus Crisis of 2014. The price of a lime has skyrocketed in recent weeks, quadrupling or, in some areas, going even higher. (AP Photo)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lime, a key ingredient to those fun Mexican cocktails, could be missing this Cinco De Mayo.

Bad weather and drug cartels hijacking lime trucks in Mexico have created a severe shortage of the citrus fruit. That’s also driving the price up.

This is forcing many restaurants to either charged more for limes, doing without them or using lemon as a substitute. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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