Buckle Your Seatbelts, Texas. There’s A Tequila Shortage Coming

Feb 14, 2018

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In the midst of one of the worst droughts to hit the state in decades, Texas is experiencing another kind of drought.

As The Dallas Morning-News reports, the Lone Star State is in the midst of a tequila shortage. To be more clear, the entire planet Earth is struggling to supply itself with a sufficient amount of tequila. The reason? The plant used to make the liquor, agave tequilana is in short supply. Agave, a succulent cultivated in the Mexican state of Jalisco, grows very slowly. And experts are warning that, as the plant is harvested to meet global demand, the shortage is only going to increase.

It’s likely that growers won’t be able to catch up to the demand for another three to five years. And that means prices will rise as well.

One bar in New York City predicted that they may begin charging up to $60 for a top-shelf margarita.

In the meantime, Texans might consider switching to whiskey or vodka.