We Turned The Best #NBADrinks Responses Into Real Recipes

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We’re huge fans of Katie Nolan’s sports talk show, Garbage Time, and earlier this week she hosted none other than Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr over Skype. After her conversation, Nolan asked her Twitter followers to combine NBA player names with boozy drinks for a chance to win a Kerr-inspired T-shirt, “because champions start with tequila.” The hashtag #NBADrinks took off and fans responded accordingly with dozens of hilarious made-up cocktails. To return the favour, we picked out some of our favourite responses and turned them into real (and mighty tasty) recipes. This drink’s to you, Garbage Time. 

Sidecarmelo Anthony

1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cognac
Cocktail glass

A traditional sidecar is made with two parts cognac to one part each of Cointreau and lemon juice, but this alternate version pays homage to Anthony’s ill-fated dream of building a New York Knicks version of the Big 3. Shake all the ingredients well with cracked ice, then strain them into a chilled cocktail glass with a sugar rim. Inspired by @marciaherold.

Ace of Speights

1.5 ounces tequila
1 ounce blackberry liqueur
¾ ounce lime juice
½ ounce agave nectar
Collins glass with lime garnish

A drink worthy of legendary flopper Marreese Speights. Shake ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into a collins glass with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Fall to the ground as soon as the booze hits you, even if it’s your first drink of the night. Inspired by @recordsANDradio.

Mai Ty Lawson

1.5 ounces white rum
1 ounce dark rum
1.5 ounces orange juice
1.5 ounces pineapple juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Cointreau
Dash grenadine
Short glass with lime garnish

Ty Lawson is a known playmaker who proves that success comes from the contributions of many individual parts, not unlike this cocktail. Shake the ingredients well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a short glass with ice, then garnish with a wedge of lime. Inspired by @jackbchamp.

Jarrett Jack & Coke

1 ounce Jack Daniels Old No. 7
3 ounces Coke
Collins glass with lime garnish

In a bind? This simple drink is perfect in clutch situations, not unlike Jarrett Jack. Stir all ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Inspired by @richslate.

DeSagana “Lemon” Diop

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce triple sec
Shot glass

Shake all the ingredients in shaker filled with ice, then strain them into a chilled shot glass. A few of these will help you forget just about anything—even getting waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers a year before LeBron James returned to Ohio. (We feel for you, DeSagana Diop.) Inspired by @rogerthatover1.
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