As the country's supply of limes falls dramatically, so do our dreams of warm weather, patios and citrus cocktails aplenty.
Limeade Slush

As the country’s supply of limes falls dramatically, so do our hopes of warm weather, patios and citrus cocktails aplenty.

Will this be a spring without limes? Due to bad weather pummeling lime crops in Mexico, on top of cartel conflicts affecting shipment out of the country, bartenders say they’re paying up to $100 for a box of limes that once cost about $20. Some airlines have even stopped offering lime wedges in drinks.

Looks like it’s time to get DIY. A quick trip to the grocery store proved there are still some limes to be had, albeit at higher prices — about 50 cents a lime versus the usual 25 cents.

Still, we say invest in a dozen and whip up this refreshing drink while you still can. It’s a mocktail, but spike it with vodka for an extra kick … and to dull the pain that this may be the last lime drink you enjoy for a while.

Frozen Honeydew Limeade Slush

Serves 8

4 cups (1-inch) cubed honeydew melon (about ½ melon)

2 cups fresh lime juice (about 12 limes)

2 cups lime sparkling water, chilled

1 cup sugar

½ cup mint leaves

4 cups sugar-free ginger ale, chilled

Lime slices (optional)

1. Freeze cubed honeydew at least 3 hours.

2. Place 2 cups frozen honeydew, 1 cup lime juice, 1 cup sparkling water, ½ cup sugar, and ¼ cup mint in a blender; process until smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining honeydew, lime juice, sparkling water, sugar, and mint.

3. Pour ½ cup ginger ale in bottom of each of 8 chilled glasses. Pour 1 cup honeydew mixture in each glass; stir gently. Garnish with lime slices, if desired.

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