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Limepocalypse: Lime-free cocktails, snacks you can make for Cinco de Mayo

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A margarita garnished with a lime wedge.

With the great lime shortage of 2014 in full effect, knocking back a few lime margaritas this Cinco de Mayo might be difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of lime-free alternatives. 

"Really, to me, the most obvious is to just drink tequila on its own," said Street Gourmet LA blogger Bill Esparza on Take Two. "We have been trying to educate people here in the United States...you don't have to shoot tequila. You should be sipping it especially if it's a quality tequila."

If you're not a big fan of tequila's flavor, you can also sip mezcal or bacanora, which are different Mexican agave-based spirits available in Los Angeles. Still, if you'd like to mix up a tasty, lime-free cocktail using tequila, you still have options. 

Cocktail Alternatives:

La Paloma:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. lemon or orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Grapefruit soda

"This is basically Tequila and Squirt. Now, again, a lot of people are finishing it with lime, but in the state of Nayarit, Mexico, they use orange juice instead," said Esparza. 

Tequila Sunrise:

  • 1.5 oz. Tequila
  • 4 oz. Orange juice
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Orange slice for garnish

Pour the tequila and orange juice into glass over ice. Add the grenadine, which will sink to the bottom. Do not stir. Garnish and serve.

"You can kind of go old-school, let's go back to the '80s and have a Tequila Sunrise, which doesn't have any lime at all," said Esparza. 

Bill Esparza's Limeless Guacamole: 

During a trip to Southern Mexico, Esparza came across a woman making limeless guacamole using the pipicha herb, which has notes undertones of lemon and anise.

"Two years ago it would've been a very rare herb, but now you can find it in the Mexican chain markets like Vallarta and North Gate," said Esparza.

Esparza Instagrammed the ingredients for limeless guac, in case you'd like to give it a try! 

"Lime-less plastic bag mashed guacamole : avocado, diced radish, pipicha(herb), and sea salt from San Felipe. Recipe from market vendor in Tlaxcala..."


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