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Basketball cocktail

Glass type

Brandy Snifter
Brandy Snifter

3 ingredients

This recipe for a Basketball is one I found whilst being a cocktail barman in the bars and clubs of Hong Kong around 1990ish. The mix of vapour and liquid alcohol really gives you an amazing hit, coupled with the fun of all playing “basketball” together. This really is a great party starter. ~ R. Whitehead


Put the Cointreau, cognac and sambuca into the brandy glass. Slowly heat the glass with the lighter, keeping a steady heat to the bulb part of the brandy glass which you keep rotating. When the liquid is warm it will give off an alcohol vapour. Lick your palm, then light the contents of the glass and put your licked palm quickly over the top. With the glass covered the flames will slowly burn up all the oxygen creating a vacuum inside the glass. Now turn the glass upside down and do a basketball basket shot movement. The glass will be firmly attached to your palm!

Slide the rim of the glass off your hand near your thumb and forefinger. Sniff the vapour from the glass and then down the shot in one hit.


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