4 Drinks to Have While Missing the Sonics

By Seattle Mag May 29, 2014


!–paging_filter–pWe’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 a href=”http://\/\/seattlemag.com/mossback-monday-knute-berger-nbas-kings-seattl…“Sacramento Kings debacle/a), 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./p
pstrongGolden Glove/strongbrThis 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 ofa href=”http://\/\/seattlemag.com/mossback-holiday-weekend-edition-weed-fairy-vi…” bringing the Sonics back in Seattle. /a/p
pemCracked icebr2-1/2 ounces white rumbr1/2 ounce Cointreaubr1/4 ounce a href=”http://\/\/seattlemag.com/cocktail-mixers-you-should-make-not-buy-and-ho…” target=”_blank”Simple Syrup/abr1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juicebr1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juicebrWide orange twist, for garnish /em/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice. Add everything. Shake well./p
p2. Pour everything, ice and all, carefully into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange slice./p
pstrongEye of the Storm/strongbrNBA getting you down? Go seea href=”http://\/\/seattlemag.com/article/most-influential-seattle-storm-lauren-…” our local WNBA team the Storm/a! Or watch them on TV while sipping this drink. It’s a drink emname /emthat’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./p
pemIce cubesbr2 ounces white rumbr1/2 ounce pineapple juicebr1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juicebr4 ounces a href=”http://www.rachelsgingerbeer.com/” target=”_blank”Rachel’s Ginger Beer/abrLime wedge/em/p
p1. Fill a highball or comparable glass three-quarters up with ice cubes. Add the rum and the juices. Stir briefly./p
p2. Add the Rachel’s, stir again, and squeeze the wedge over the glass and drop it in./p
pstrongThe Supersonic/strongbrThis drink from a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Good-Spirits-Recipes-Revelations-Refreshments/dp/1…” target=”_blank”emGood Spirits/em /ais 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 a href=”http://www.drinksoundspirits.com/” target=”_blank”Sound Spirits Ebb + Flow gin./a/p
pemIce cubesbr1-1/2 ounces ginbr1 ounce green Chartreusebr1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juicebr1/4 ounce Simple SyrupbrLemon twist, for garnish/em/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin, Chartreuse, juice, and syrup. Shake in a dunking motion./p
p2. 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)./p
pstrongThe Kick-Off/strongbrIf 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 a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Good-Spirits-Recipes-Revelations-Refreshments/dp/1…” target=”_blank”emGood Spirits/em/a) and remember that a href=”http://\/\/seattlemag.com/where-watch-seahawks-game-sunday“Seahawks season /ais only a few months away./p
pIce cubesbr1-1/2 ounces gin (a href=”http://captivespiritsdistilling.com/big-gin.php ” target=”_blank”try Big Gin here/a, in honor of the powerful Hawks)br1 ounce dry vermouthbr1/4 ounce Benedictinebr1/4 ounce anisettebr2 dashes Angostura bitters/p
p1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add everything./p
p2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass./p


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