December 3, 2005

Amarula Cream Liqueur Review

34 proof Marula fruit cream liqueur
Typical Price: Around $23 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Amarula Cream LiqueurInitial Thoughts: We didn't know much about Amarula when we got it, so we had to begin by judging it by the bottle itself. It comes in a swanky-looking shaped brow bottle, done up in gold labeling with a charging elephant on the front. We figured that was a good start. When we read that it was a liqueur made from "fresh cream and the unique fruit of the Marula tree," our first question was, "What's a Marula?"

According to the Amarula site, it's a tree that only grows on the plains of Africa, and its fruit is often enjoyed by elephants, which munch away on the berries whenever they get a chance. In fact, the berries are known to drive elephants a bit mad because they can ferment a bit after lying on the ground. So we know the Marula is good for getting elephants drunk (a sight we'd love to see), but how does a liqueur made from it measure up? Find out after the jump.

According to the bottle, Amarula offers a "captivating and exotic" flavor, offering hints of caramel, chocolate and vanilla. When we uncapped our bottle, the first thing that crossed our mind was butterscotch. In fact, as we smelled the contents of the bottle, it made us think of Werthers Originals, those little toffee candies, which isn't a bad thing at all. When we poured it over ice, the butterscotch flavor continued to coat our taste buds. There was almost no tang of alcohol with this drink, and it was reminiscent of drinking a slightly thinner milk shake.

Cocktail Recipes: We liked Amarula on the rocks, but it got to be a bit too sweet for us by the time we got to the end of our glass. So, we dug up some cocktail recipes that would cut the sweetness a bit - we really liked the French Toast and the Amarula Coffee because they tasted great and were easy to make with ingredients we had on hand. Plus, they both make for great morning drinks, for a late breakfast or brunch. If you're planning to drink later in the day, we also expect that you could make an outstanding White Russian with this stuff, substituting Amarula for the milk.

French Toast
1 1/2oz Amarula Cream
1/2oz Rum (We tried it with the Appleton V/X we reviewed recently; very tasty together)
1/2oz Milk
Combine ingredients over cracked ice in cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a glass. Lightly dust with cinnamon and swirl with cinnamon stick or straw.

Amarula Coffee
2 parts hot coffee
1 part Amarula Cream
Pour hot coffee into a cup and top up with Amarula Cream. Optional: Garnish with grated milk chocolate.

Finishing Thoughts: We liked it over ice, but we found it to be a bit too sweet to sip in large quantities. Amarula would make for a nice, relaxing after-dinner drink/dessert replacement, as many people do with Bailey's Irish Cream. Amarula would also be a great drink for the holidays, because we can see ourselves enjoying it while basking in the glow of a fireplace. Speaking of drinking Amarula next to an open fire, you might want to think about cracking open a bottle on your next date as well...did we mention that the Marula fruit is also legendary for its aphrodisiac properties?

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 3, 2005 9:55 AM
Recent Comments

I have a nasty suspicion that Amarula now has way less cream and more water in it than originally. It is thinner and less creamy. Anyone find this?

Posted by: Geoff at October 19, 2016 9:32 AM

There is a drink served at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge calledl "A Chocolate Covered Cherry" It contains Amarula, Dark Creme de Cocoa, Cherry Brandy, and Vodka. I regret not knowing the precise measurements for each. It is served in a martini glass and adorned with a stemmed choc.-covered cherry. Yummmmmmy

Posted by: Sherri in Fla. at August 26, 2010 3:03 PM

Dear Amarula

We are hosting a party for a 70 year old lady and would like to give the guests small gifts. I would appreciate it very much if you are able and willing to help us with samples.

There will be about 70 guests.

Thanks a lot

Engela Jacobs

5 Barnard Street

Posted by: Engela Jacobs at February 17, 2010 3:53 AM

it is a urban legend (in other words, a falsehood) that marula fruits ferment on the ground & get elephants drunk. But some African tribes (like the Shangaan in South Africa) do use the fruit to make marula beer.

Posted by: Kathy Lambert at February 12, 2010 11:46 AM

There is a restaraunt in St. Louis called Elephant Bar and they have a drink with equal parts Amarula & Ciroc Vodka shaken with ice, strained and poured into a chocolate rimmed martini glass... Called African Queen. Yum!

Posted by: Cindy at July 21, 2009 7:02 PM

You wanted to see the animals get hammered on Marula :) well here it is.

Posted by: Will at May 19, 2009 3:29 PM

Amarula cream tastes great, i enjoy it with a bit of milk( 3 parts amarula and 1 part milk)

Posted by: Lindi at April 25, 2009 4:30 PM
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