People, this is not a drill! Repeat: not a drill! There is apparently a — possibly massive — tequila shortage on the horizon, which could see the prices of the succulent-derived spirit soaring, and many of its smaller producers simply going out of business. The problem? Tequila has just become too dang popular.
Reuters has reported that due to increases in demand throughout multiple markets, growers of the blue agave plant, which is used to make tequila, are seeing their yields drop precipitously; blue agave plants take up to eight years to grow to maturity, and farmers are saying they’re already needing to pluck the plants at ever-earlier stages of growth to meet producers’ needs.
The prognosis here is dire, and the idea of not being able to order a Tequila Sour, a paloma, or (tipsy divinities help us!) a margarita, is freaking people the fudge out. Here are a few reactions from tequila drinkers on the web.
Some people are straight-up panicking:
Not to be dramatic but I told my mom I didn’t want to be in a world where there was a shortage of tequila
— Lyss. (@Alyssa_Kay_) February 7, 2018
So… apparently there is a tequila shortage since the demand of blue agave is up….
THIS IS THE END OF DAYS PEOPLE. GRAB YOUR @donjulio NOW.
— Spooky Kat (@itsme_KatieB) February 8, 2018
There’s an Agave shortage????? How will we get thru 2018 without tequila…..
— Yolee👩🏻⚖️ (@yoleecardenas) February 9, 2018
Others are starting to think about making moves to buy up all the existing tequila:
If there’s going to be a global shortage of tequila I feel like I should have my own reserve supply. I don’t just drink it to get smashed; I genuinely enjoy it and we have history. pic.twitter.com/HmR8qJx7bj
— Liam Hughes (@liamo_dh) February 8, 2018
How are we feeling? Kind of like when you’re at a party and everybody’s tipsy but THEN THE FREAKING TEQUILA RUNS OUT:
Until the well runs dry, try making one of these tequila drinks while you still can:
How do you feel about this tequila-pocalypse? Let us know in the comments!