4 Drinks to Have While Missing the Sonics

By: 
A.J. Rathbun
nba playoffs seattle sonics clippers seattle magazine
Missing the Seattle Sonics in the NBA playoffs? Have a drink

We’re nearly to the NBA finals, which makes it both an exciting and torturous time for local basketball fans. I’m not gonna lie–I love the sport enough that I’m still watching. But as we end yet another season sans SuperSonics (and after the agony from last year's Sacramento Kings debacle), I certainly could use a drink in hand. If you're like me and are missing the SuperSonics after nearly every play, try making one of the four beverages below to help ease the pain.

Golden Glove
This is a variation on a drink that goes back at least to the 1940s, and is of course sipped in honor of The Glove, Gary Payton, who is the finest point guard to play the game, and who is such an awesome supporter of bringing the Sonics back in Seattle.

Cracked ice
2-1/2 ounces white rum
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Wide orange twist, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice. Add everything. Shake well.

2. Pour everything, ice and all, carefully into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

Eye of the Storm
NBA getting you down? Go see our local WNBA team the Storm! Or watch them on TV while sipping this drink. It’s a drink name that’s very popular, but sadly most of the drinks carrying the name aren’t nearly as fantastic as the Storm. This one at least gets closer.

Ice cubes
2 ounces white rum
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
4 ounces Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Lime wedge

1. Fill a highball or comparable glass three-quarters up with ice cubes. Add the rum and the juices. Stir briefly.

2. Add the Rachel’s, stir again, and squeeze the wedge over the glass and drop it in.

The Supersonic
This drink from Good Spirits is an obvious choice to have when watching hoops. I created it long ago when the Sonics were still around, and it’s a tangy, herbally good time with a kick. You should use a gin made in Seattle, like Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin.

Ice cubes
1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce green Chartreuse
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
Lemon twist, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin, Chartreuse, juice, and syrup. Shake in a dunking motion.

2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Squeeze the twist over the drink, and then shoot it into the glass (from three if you have the range).

The Kick-Off
If you really can’t take the NBA finals knowing that we don’t have a professional basketball team in town, I completely understand. Have this drink (also from Good Spirits) and remember that Seahawks season is only a few months away.

Ice cubes
1-1/2 ounces gin (try Big Gin here, in honor of the powerful Hawks)
1 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce Benedictine
1/4 ounce anisette
2 dashes Angostura bitters

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add everything.

2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.

Categories: