LeBron James in a Lakers jersey: you have to admit, it looks a little weird.
But it's something, I suppose, all of us basketball fans will get used to sooner or later, as he moves into the final stage of his basketball career (and then, likely, the intermediary stages of his media career).
To help us make the adjustment, and to welcome LeBron to the city she calls home, Sarah Mengoni, the inventive barkeep at the avant-garde Westwood bar, Double Take, has concocted what may informally be considered the LeBron James cocktail. It's made with several key ingredients (namely, fruity pebbles) near and dear to the three-time NBA champion's heart. And because we asked politely, Mengoni has shared the recipe, so you can make it at home in time for the Lakers season opener.
Double Take's What We Do in Life cocktail
(So named for one half of the Gladiator quote "What we do in life echoes in eternity," which LeBron has tattooed on his right bicep.)
5 oz Fruity Pebble cereal milk* (LeBron's favorite cereal)
2.5 oz Chateaux Aney Bordeux Blend (LeBron's favorite alcoholic beverage; in a pinch, you can use any dry cabernet sauvignon)
1.25 oz Pierre Ferrand orange curacao
4 drops of Peychaud's Bitters
1.25 oz lemon juice
A pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into your most regal glass--preferably a goblet (LeBron's ideal wine-drinking vessel). Enjoy.
*Fruity Pebble cereal milk
1 cup of Fruity Pebbles
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup of milk
0.25 oz sugar
Combine Fruity Pebbles, lemon juice and milk into a bowl. Stir well and let stand for 20 minutes, then strain through a cheese cloth. Add the sugar, and stir until dissolved.
According to Mengoni, if done right...: "The result is a super fun, remarkably tasty cocktail that balances the sweetness of the cereal milk with the tartness of the lemon juice and the mild bitterness of the tannins in the wine."