By Aly Walansky
Updated June 23, 2017
Hail Ice Cubes
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Mixologists have a lot of fun with their artisan balls of ice, allowing them to make their creative cocktails look fancier, and also up the price. But why take the time to sculpt ice when you can have something better fall out of the sky?

Nebraska-based Mary Anne Andrei is a photographer and a cocktail enthusiast. She and her husband, author Ted Genoways (titles include forthcoming Tequila Wars), recently were in the throes of a giant hailstorm. The storm was so severe that giant orbs of hail were everywhere. So, they collected some.

“She [his wife] came in with a fistful of hailstones, and she said, ‘I think we just need to make some drinks,’” Genoways told Nebraska-based Lincoln Journal Star. “What could be more small-batch and rare than a large hailstone that just fell from the sky,” Genoways said. Using this natured crafted ice, the author broke into the tequila collection he had amassed for his upcoming book, and made margaritas.

When hail rains down on your home, why not make hail Dark & Stormy’s? At the very least, a drink is a great way to pass the time in a storm