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8 NBA cocktails to sip on during game night

Cheering for your favorite team is made easy with cocktails that represent the city they come from. So go ahead, pick the cocktail recipe you like best, start mixing the ingredients, and when your team scores, be ready to thank not only your lucky charms, but also your drinks!

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Hawkin Peaches

This cocktail recipe fuses all the traditional flavors of Hennessy cognac, Grand Marnier and peaches. “Why mess with success?”,
said every basketball player ever in history! 

45ml / 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
0.5 oz Grand Marnier
3 oz peach-basil tea
0.75 oz lime juice
0.75 oz Simple syrup
Garnish: Basil leaf, peach wedge, lime wheel
Glass: Rocks glass

Recipe: Add all ingredients to shaker tin, short shake with no ice, add to rocks glass over ice. Garnish your drink with peach
slices, basil leaf and lime wheel.

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Ultimate Float

The Ultimate Float drink will elevate your traditional cocktail recipe to float stardom! Let’s hope your team does the same!

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
2 oz Hires Root Beer
0.75 ozSimple syrup
0.5 oz lemon juice
Angostura bitters to taste
1 oz whole milk
Garnish: Orange twist
Glass: Collins glass

Recipe: Add the first 5 cocktail ingredients to a large vessel, allow to sit for a few minutes then add the whole milk, stir to combine (the milk should start to curdle) seal vessel and refrigerate for 24 hours before straining through cheesecloth until all milk particles are out. Chill and serve.

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Great Lakes Hoop

You can't have an NBA cocktail without a classic highball – and with a name like this; you just knew where we had to go with this one.

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P cognac
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz ginger syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Top with ginger beer
Garnish: Rosemary sprig, cinnamon, candied ginger
Glass: Highball glass

Recipe: Add all cocktail ingredients except ginger beer to a highball glass and stir to combine, top with ice and ginger beer.

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Parade on Atlantic

For the this cocktail recipe you need all the unusual usual mixers; liqueur, puree, Hennessy cognac and of course, some lime for that last important touch. The game played won’t be the only thing raising the roof.

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
0.5 oz banana liqueur (Giffard)​
2 oz Orange-mango puree​
2 dashes lime bitters -or-​
2 drops “lime” acid​
Top with soda water​
Garnish: Lime wheel​
Glass: Collins or “soda” glass​

Recipe: Combine Hennessy, banana liqueur, puree, and bitters into a mixing tin, shake vigorously. Double strain into an iced collins glass.

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This cognac cocktail is sophisticated, impressive and a little bit fancy, just like you, and just like your favourite team!

2 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P cognac
1 oz Averna
0.5 oz raspberry syrup
0.25 oz dark cacao
Splash creme de menthe
Two drops saline solution
Garnish: Mint and raspberry
Glass: Collins glass with crushed ice

Recipe: Pour all cognac ingredients into a Collins glass with a half scoop of crushed ice. Swizzle to incorporate ingredients.
Top your drink with crushed ice.

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Calm Seas

Let’s hope that the only thing calm during the playoffs, will be the name of this cognac cocktail. A bold and delicious way to cheer for your team!

2 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
0.5 oz pineapple syrup*
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: Tajin Powder rim
Glass: Rocks glass

Recipe: Spray the outside of the glass with lemon juice from a mister, or use a paintbrush to coat it in a two inch band around half the glass. Dash tajin powder over the rocks glass to allow the powder to stick to the glass. Now pour all cognac ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, stir to chill, strain into the tajin coated glass with a large ice cube. 
*Pineapple syrup: equal parts fresh pressed pineapple juice and organic raw sugar combined over heat, stir until sugar fully dissolves into the liquid.

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Mile High Bloody Mary

The Mile High Bloody Mary is one of those cognac cocktails that you definitely need in your repertoire for game night.
Equal parts warm and equal parts spicy!

2 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
2 oz Jicama juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.2 oz ginger syrup
2 teaspoons green chiles
2 drops saline solution
Pinch cinnamon
Garnish: Cinnamon dusting and lime slice
Glass: Collins glass

Recipe: Pour all cocktail ingredients into a mixing tin, “whip and dump” with very little ice. Double strain into an iced Collins glass.

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Sets in the West

A cognac drink that truly reflects the style and grace of the city of Phoenix, an elegant classic, perfect for when the teams are at it.

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S cognac
0.5 oz Montenegro Amaro
1 oz Pistachio Orgeat*
4 pitted dates
60ml/ 2 oz cream 35% (whipping cream)
3 dashes Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Garnish: Pistachio powder
Glass: Rocks glass

Recipe: Add all cocktail ingredients to a blender with ice and blend until smooth, pour into a rocks glass, put pistachio powder over the top of your drink in a stylish way.
*Pistachio Orgeat: combine 1.5 cups sugar with 1.5 cups water over heat, stir until sugar all dissolves, bring to boil, boil for 3 minutes, then lower heat and add 2 cups blended pistachio, simmer for 3 more minutes, bring to a boil, then remove from heat, let sit for 3 hours, add 1 oz (30ml) Hennessy V.S cognac and ½ tsp orange flower water.

Hennessy V.S NBA Limited Edition

Fans around the world will be able to toast with the new exclusive Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle, specially designed to commemorate the partnership between Hennessy and the NBA.

Hennessy Very Special (V.S) is one of the most popular cognacs in the world. Matured in new oak barrels, Hennessy V.S is bold and fragrant. Its beguiling character is uniquely Hennessy, a timeless choice with an intensity all its own. Hennessy V.S offers toasted and fruit notes, with a rich, clearly defined palate and a welcoming exuberance.

Hennessy V.S expresses its vibrant and dynamic personality through unique artist partnerships and annual limited editions. Easy to enjoy, it’s a perfect cognac for high-energy occasions and sharing the moment.

The round and robust flavours of Hennessy V.S make it very versatile and ideal for any cocktail possibility, from classic recipes and sophisticated cocktail creations to easy mixed drinks.