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Fruity taste of Africa?
Member Name: Epiphany
Date: 06/06/01, updated on 17/08/01 (840 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes good, Competetively priced
Disadvantages: Tastes good - hard to make a bottle last
There is a half empty liqueur bottle sitting in my drinks cabinet. Well, that’s a lie, it’s actually sitting right beside me now, and it has gone from being ‘quite empty’ to ‘almost completely empty’ whilst I have been doing a bit of research. The contents of the bottle is Amarula and to be fair I have had it for about eight months as I have been saving it and drinking only a little at a time. I have struggled trying not to drink it all and I could easily drink a bottle in a much shorter time!!!
So, a bit of factual information and history for you. Amarula is a blend of “natures fresh cream and the mysterious taste of the wild marula fruit”. The marula tree, or sclerocarya birrea, can be found in South Africa and is also known as the Elephant Tree, hence the picture of the elephant on the label of the bottle. The tree itself is usually between 10 and 15 metres tall and produces as much as two tons of fruit. Elephants walk for miles and miles to feed on the ripe marula, hence the nickname for the tree. Tribes in Africa consider the tree to be an aphrodisiac, hence it has also be known as “The Marriage Tree” and has also been used for medicinal purposes amongst other things. The fruit is used to quench childrens thirst and by adults to make home-brewed drinks as well as jams, jellies and other dishes.
The liqueur is produced and bottled in South Africa and is available in supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda for around the same price as a bottle of Baileys or Dooleys***. There is one size bottle, 700ml and it is made using the marula flesh, rather than the skin or kernel of the fruit, which is then fermented as you would ferment wine. It is then distilled in copper pot-stills and matured in casks of oak for approximately two years. Finally it is blended with cream to make a distinctive alcoholic drink.
***Extra info bit:- Both Asda (St. Austell) and Tesco (Newton Abbot) charge £1
0.99 for this product, and Sainsbury's (Newton Abbot) don't sell it at all.
That’s the factual, promotional stuff over with, now for my experience of the drink! This creamy coffee coloured liquid tastes delicious! One small sip is so very, very creamy, much more so than Baileys, it is most exquisite. What follows is a slightly fruity taste and a burst of alcohol, again, not as strong as that experienced with Baileys, although it contains the same amount of alcohol (17% by volume). It also doesn’t smell as strongly of alcohol, but it does smell a little fruity.
There isn’t much else to say. I like to drink mine over ice and have not yet tried using it in cocktails, however, I have found some recipes on the official website and have picked a few of the ones that sound most interesting to share with you here. Be sure to visit amarula.com and check out the Springbokkie though!!!
2 tots Amarula Cream
2 tots coffee liqueur
1 tot/dash grenadine (for colour)
Blend all the ingredients, half fill a glass with crushed ice and pour the mixture over.
125 ml vanilla ice-cream
25 ml Amarula Cream
10 ml peppermint liqueur
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish.
1 scoop vanilla ice-cream
10 ml coffee liqueur
10 ml sambuca (yellow)
15 ml Amarula Cream
5 ml cream (thick)
Place the ice-cream scoop in a glass, with a straw through the middle. Pour coffee liqueur into the glass. Pour yellow sambuca over the back of a spoon onto the coffee liqueur to form a layer. Do the same with the Amarula Cream. Pour a thin layer of cream on top and garnish.
1 tot Cointreau
2 tots Amarula Cream
Cover the rim of a glass with sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour a measure of Cointreau over ice, fill with Amarula Cream
Also available from the website is a list of recipes using Amarula. These include; Amarula Finalé, Amarula Ice Dream, Frozen Amarula Soufflé, Praline Delight, Chocolate Colletes, Amarula Truffle Dreams, Amarula Fondue Fantasy, cake, venison, drumsticks, bread and butter pudding. At the website you can also find out about adventure tours in Africa, how to adopt an elephant and other information about Amarula. It is well worth a visit as it is pleasant to look at, easy to navigate and full of useful information. Much of the factual information presented here, has been reworked from the site, although I have missed out quite a bit. There are many more cocktails to view too, so take the plunge, view the website and try some Amarula today!