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Apr 05

Mmm … Amarula

AmurulaI’ve come across Amarula samplings several times in the last few months. It seems Brown-Forman is really giving it a push in my area. Each time I’ve found a tasting, I’ve tried it. Amarula is one of those surprising things that doesn’t look like it tastes, and is consistently delightful. You can’t miss the bottle on the shelves,with a golden yarn around the bottle neck and a charging elephant on the label.

If you’re unfamiliar, Amarula Cream is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made from the fruit of the Marula tree, which grows in the warm wilds of Africa. The berries are loved by elephants, who pick the fruit off the tree with their trunks. I love that image. If the berries fall to ground, they begin to ferment. Elephants love the fermented berries as well and it leads to drunk but happy elephants. (Can you imagine how many berries elephants need to get drunk?) Because the elephants often gather in herds around Marula trees (perhaps it’s like an elephant martini bar), the tree is called an "Elephant Tree" by villagers. Due to the strong relation to the elephant, proceeds from each purchase go towards elephant conservation.

The light brown cream has a distinctly tropical nose. I drank it chilled, over ice. I tasted a lot of fruit and chocolate, with a tiny bit of coffee. Because we wanted to mix it up a little, Kevin had a root beer & Amarula float, with vanilla ice cream. The fruit from the Amarula added a complimentary, and tasty, accent to a standard root beer float. The Amarula web site has a lot of great food and cocktail recipes that I think we’ll be trying soon.

The weather has taken a sudden cold turn for Easter, but I think a bit of Amarula in some hot chocolate would be every bit as tasty as my favorite hot chocolate and Bailey’s mixer. I recommend picking up some Amarula. It’s a tropical treat that works well in summer or winter.
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Posted by Michelle at 8:24 am in Cocktails | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “Mmm … Amarula”

  1. bob says:

    Indulge yourself this Easter with Amarula Cream
    This Easter, why not treat you and your friends to a grown up treat? Amarula Cream, the liqueur from South Africa, has developed a selection of delicious chocolate cocktails and dessert recipes, sure to provide utmost indulgence. Full of delicious flavours, each recipe provides the perfect accompaniment to your Easter celebration.
    For the true chocolate lover, the Amarula Cream Death by Chocolate is ideal to have alongside your hot cross buns and chocolate bunnies. A blend of smooth Amarula Cream, Russian Standard vodka and De Kuyper Crème De Cacao with three scoops of delicious chocolate ice cream, the simple recipe provides indulgence with every sip.
    If you’re looking to impress friends and family with a unique drink made from scratch, then try the Amarula Cream Easter Frappé recipe. Combining luscious Amarula Cream, chocolate ice cream, milk and a dash of black coffee, this cocktail is ideal for coffee fans and chocolate addicts alike.
    For food connoisseurs, why not try an Amarula Cream dessert recipe. The Chocolate and Amarula Cream Mousse is easy to prepare and is just the thing to end Easter lunch.
    Amarula Cream, Africa’s exotic cream liqueur, is uniquely created from the fruit of the Marula Tree that only grows in sub-equatorial Africa. The liqueur is created by blending the fruit of the African Marula tree and marrying it with fresh cream creating a unique and luxurious drink that will surely bring the warmth of the African sunshine to you through its exotic tastes and decadent flavours.
    Amarula Cream is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed over ice, in coffee or in a number of delicious cocktails and is available in supermarkets and off licences. Experience the spirit of Africa with Amarula Cream (RRP £10.99 – 70cl) that combines the distinctive flavour of Africa with a subtle and creamy taste that offers drinkers pure indulgence.

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