These Hennessy NBA Playoffs cocktails are ready to toast that epic win

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While the NBA Championship trophy awaits for one team, the road to that final round is a long one. Fans anxiously await that moment of victory. Whether the game is a sweeping victory or a last minute buzzer beater, a win is a win and that moment deserves a celebratory sipper. Luckily, these Hennessy NBA Playoffs cocktails are waiting in the wings.

As the NBA’s Global Spirits partner, Hennessy is always ready to raise a glass to those big sports moments. While there are many ways to enjoy that spirit, the brand has shared some team specific cocktails that will definitely get people talking. Whether paired with a team specific food or just enjoyed on their own, fans will be grabbing the bottle and a cocktail glass before, during and after the game.

5 Hennessy NBA Playoffs cocktails to enjoy

After many successful NBA Playoffs runs, the Golden State Warriors are back in the hunt. This cocktail, 24Karat Cocktail, the golden hue hopes to bring another victory this year. Sometimes shining brightly is a belief in greatness.

Golden State Warriors – 24Karat Cocktail


  • 1.5oz Hennessy V.S.O.P
  • 1oz Sake, Junmai
  • 0.5oz Lemon juice
  • 0.5oz Honey syrup
  • 1oz Aquafaba
  • Garnish: 6 drops of Angostura Bitters


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice, shake hard, then add ice and shake to chill, strain into a Coupe glass and garnish with 6 drops of Angostura Bitters around the foam, stylize with a toothpick.

Although Wisconsin might be known for its cheese and chilly temperatures, this Milwaukee Bucks inspired cocktails brings a zesty spice to the conversation. The contrast of the fresh lime juice and the ginger syrup can ward off any chill from that lake breeze.

Milwaukee Bucks – Great Lakes Hoop


  • 1.5oz Hennessy V.S.O.P.
  • 0.75oz Fresh lime juice
  • 0.75oz ginger syrup
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 3oz Ginger beer
  • Garnish: Rosemary sprig, cinnamon, candied ginger


  • Add all ingredients except ginger beer to a Highball glass, stir to mix, and top with ice and ginger beer.

Although the Art Deco vibes of Miami Beach might be colorful, this Miami Heat inspired cocktail is all about the sweetness. While it captures a touch of that beach vibe, there is a sophistication to the sip. Sweetness mixed with determination is a characteristic of a champion.

Miami Heat – Top of the Key


  • 1 oz Hennessy V.S
  • 1oz cream
  • 0.5oz Creme De Cacao
  • 0.5oz Vanilla liqueur
  • 0.5oz Lime juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 dashes of saline
  • Garnish: Lime zest


  • Combine all ingredients into a nixing tin without ice. Dry shake to emulsify. Add ice and shake until ice cold. Strain into a Nick & Nora or cocktail glass.

Sometimes people can be distracted by the stars in the audience during a Lakers game. While the celebrity draw is notable, this Los Angeles Lakers inspired cocktail borrows from the team’s iconic purple and gold colors. The glass sparkles as brightly as the plays on the court.

Los Angeles Lakers – Pineapple Fresca


  • 1.5oz Hennessy V.S
  • 0.5oz Velvet Falernum
  • 5oz Pineapple Aqua Fresco
  • 1/8th tsp Edible gold powder
  • Garnish: Purple flower, gold cinnamon honey powder


  • Paint the lip of the glass with lemon juice, then dust with gold cinnamon honey powder over the outside of the glass. Add all ingredients to a Collins glass with ice and garnish with a purple flower.

While the Michael Jordan era will always be part of the Bulls legacy, this NBA Playoffs cocktail combines flavors from the Windy City with an air of greatness. Even if sipping one of these drinks may not have people take flight into that perfect slam dunk, it does feel like a victory in a glass.

Chicago Bulls – Buckets and Buckets


  • 1.50oz Hennessy
  • 1 oz Caramel Popcorn infused Apple Brandy
  • 0.75oz Vanilla syrup
  • 0.75oz Lemon juice
  • Egg white
  • Garnish: Caramel Popcorn, Angostura Bitters


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker without ice, dry shake, then add ice and shake to chill, strain into a coupe glass and garnish with caramel popcorn on top and stylized Angostura Bitters

Which Hennessy NBA Playoffs cocktails will you be sipping? Do you have a lucky beverage that helps spur your team to victory?