The great lime crisis of 2014 threatens margaritas everywhere

The great lime crisis of 2014 threatens margaritas everywhere

LIME TIME:The price of a lime has skyrocketed in recent weeks, quadrupling or, in some areas, going even higher. Photo: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s getting expensive to make a margarita or mojito. And it’s not just the booze that’s pricey, but the limes, too.

Limes are skyrocketing. So much so that a case of them that once cost $15 now goes for as much as $130.

L.A. restaurant owner Peter Kohtz winces a little every time a bartender squeezes a lime into a drink.

The owner of Luna Park notes that limes are used in so many things they’re taken for granted.

The great lime crisis of 2014 is being blamed on weather, citrus disease and even mob problems in Mexico, where most are grown.

Recent Headlines

in Trending

WATCH: Downtown YMCA imploded Sunday morning


Watch as the downtown YMCA is imploded

in Music

TOP 10: Count down the hottest songs this week


The top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending Oct. 3.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Veteran cast can’t save ‘The Martian’


It has all the earmarks of a blockbuster, but still can't shake the feeling of missed opportunity.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in October


Get your remotes ready for a binge-worthy weekend of new movies and TV shows.

in Music

Rolling Stones get their own Cuervo bottle


The tequila maker is paying tribute to the rockers and their 1972 North American tour.