If you’ve always dreamed of getting a watered-down gin & tonic from Syracuse Orange men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim, boy do I have the event for you on Thursday night...
Boeheim will be joined by Daniel Baldwin and Adam Weitsman at Krebs in Skaneateles from 6 to 8 p.m. ET tonight as guest bartenders for charity — the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, to be exact.
While I’d assume Jim enjoys an alcoholic beverage now and again, it’s never necessarily been a part of his persona (versus the persona of this blog and me in particular, which... yeah, drinking’s included). One would guess he drinks standard light beer fare and cheaper wine. Maybe I’m wrong and the Banana Boat gang got him into red wine while they were working together with Team USA.
But based on what we know of Jim, he seems like a no-frills type of guy with a limited tolerance for special requests. This makes the prospect of him bar-tending a highly entertaining one.
What drinks would Boeheim be capable of serving? Glad you asked!
Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Lite
“What’s that? You want a Haze Crusher IPA from... who? Is that even a beer? You’re getting a Coors Light.”
“Which wines do we have? Seeing red and white. Either of those work for you?”
Gin & tonic
“How many slices of lime do you want? This thing’s gonna taste like a tree if you get fewer than six.”
“Not sure why you want rubbing alcohol, but LeBron told me Sprite’s pretty good and who am I to doubt him?”
Jack & Coke
“There’s another whiskey other than Jack? Trust me, you want the Jack.”
If you’re alright with it tasting like Hi-C Ecto Cooler, he’s actually fine with making this one. Cuervo-only, however.
Anything else that’s ordered will likely just be tossed into the “fancy cocktail” bucket that Jim wants nothing to do with. Expect him to call in backup when you ask for a Negroni, Moscow Mule, Sidecar or anything else you can throw at him.
... or he’ll just give you a Bud Light.
What do you think of Boeheim’s bar-tending acumen?