Don’t get me wrong I love a nice pumpkin, egg nog, or chocolate-based holiday cocktail just as much as the next person. But you have to admit that after awhile these standard holiday cocktail recipes get a bit boring. So I was definitely excited to see this very creative holiday drink recipe from Cruzan Rum. Their holiday cocktail is called the “Cruzan 9 NOVA” and it takes its inspiration from the classic “Bossa Nova” cocktail. What makes the “Cruzan 9 NOVA” unique in my opinion is the fact that instead of using egg nog or pumpkin they chose to use pineapple and apricot as their main ingredients. I’m still getting the holiday vibe with the drink, but at the same time it’s an unexpected although impressive choice of ingredients.
Side Note: If you aren’t drooling at the picture of the “Cruzan 9 NOVA” above then please check yourself for a pulse because that looks abso-friggin-lutely delicious!
1 part Cruzan® Light
1 part Cruzan® 9
1/2 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
1 part fresh lemon sour
3 parts pineapple juice
Garnish: Pineapple Wedges, Ground Nutmeg
Combine all ingredients with ice. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple and a dusting of fresh ground nutmeg.