Friday, February 9th marks the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Eleven days later local time, the first two heats of the women’s bobsled event will kick off, and all eyes will will be on one team: Nigeria.
The 2018 games mark the first time in history an African nation has competed in the bobsled event, and the first time Nigeria has been represented at all.
The team has already captured the hearts of many, evoking comparisons to the Jamaicans of the true-story-inspired 1993 film, Cool Runnings. Both teams share the same event, of course, and similar snow-less, tropical home climates. And notably, both are comprised of former Track & Field athletes, with Nigeria team boasting ex-sprinters and hurdlers from the University of Houston and Minnesota.
In honor of the historic team, we at Rum & Biscuits have designed a specialty cocktail meant to celebrate that bicolor triband we hope to see a lot this month: green, white, green – the Nigerian flag.
The sled trio of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, and Ngozi Onwumere have been collectively dubbed the “Ice Blazers,” no doubt doubly due to their speed and their mission of blazing the trail for future African winter Olympians.
Our garnish of yellow dragon fruit peel is the perfect nod to this blazing theme, and even the Olympic torch. Full disclosure: when we picked it, we were thinking more “badass-looking” and “color pop.”
To deepen the Ice Blazer connection, we looked to incorporate ingredients with links to the country they represent (though admittedly Starr rum was hard to come by).
The base of the drink incorporates flavors of coconut and mango – foods ubiquitous to the tropics and Nigeria in particular. Similarly popular, though a bit more novel to stateside consumers, is the addition of soursop (or guanabana), which we dyed with Nature’s Flavors organic food coloring to give us our Naija flag green. Soursop has a taste we liken to a banana-pear hybrid, and works perfectly in a tropical drink like this.
Lastly, we had to serve it on a “slope of ice.” It’s a bobsled drink – how could we not?? We used a shorter, tapered rocks glass and crushed ice to help us create our run. Admittedly, our execution – very much unlike that of the stellar sled team – left something to be desired.
So grab a glass and a delicious sweet drink or two! Don’t worry if things go downhill from here – that’s a good thing in bobsledding.
The Naija Ice
- 2 oz coconut cream
- 1 oz white rum
- 1 oz Bacardi Mango Rum
- 2 oz Goya Soursop (Guanabana) Nectar
- 4 drops organic green food coloring (or 3 drops blue, one drop yellow)
1. Mix soursop nectar and food coloring until deep green color is achieved. Store in bottle with liquor pourer or squeeze top.
2. In a shaker, combine coconut cream, white rum, mango rum, and bitters. Shake well.
3. Pour over coned crushed ice in Cosmopolitan or rocks glass.
4. Using a liquor pourer, “stripe” the sides of the drink with the green-dyed soursop
5. Garnish with slice of yellow dragon fruit and enjoy!