We've all heard the expression, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." But thanks to a couple from Lincoln, Nebraska, a more accurate adage from here on out might be, "When life gives you hailstorms, make margaritas."
That's exactly what happened when the writer Ted Genoways—whose book, The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food was nominated for a James Beard award last year—and his wife Mary Anne Andrei saw that their home was being bombarded by baseball-sized hailstones on Monday.
According to Eater, the stones were so big that they broke through the couple's ceiling. Clearly in need of a drink, they collected the ice outside and mixed them in with lime juice, agave nectar, and a rare blanco tequila from Arandas, Jalisco in Mexico
"[Mary] came in with a fistful of hailstones, and she said, ‘I think we just need to make some drinks,'" Genoways told the Lincoln Journal Star. "What could be more small-batch and rare than a large hailstone that just fell from the sky?"
Genoways is currently writing a book on tequila, so its only fitting that the couple made the margaritas from some extra-rare liquor, currently unavailable for purchase in the U.S.
“I liked the idea of Jalisco's rain mixing with Nebraska's hail,” he said. “Also, Arandas suffered a freak snowstorm right after we were there, so maybe this should be called El Niño Margarita. Or maybe just the Climate Change Cocktail.”