AMARULA: An African Original

WHAT IS AMARULA?

Amarula is a cream liqueur made from the nutritious marula fruit only found in the Sub-Saharan African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe.  Elephants love eating the fruit of the marula tree, which is why it’s the symbol of the liqueur.

HOW IS AMARULA MADE?

To begin the process, the marula fruit’s flesh is separated from its seeds. The pulp is first transferred to cooling tanks to prevent uncontrolled fermentation, and then further transferred to cellars where it is fermented under conditions similar to wine making.  After fermentation, the marula wine is distilled twice to give it a rich, creamy flavor.

HOW TO DRINK AMARULA

Many times Amarula is mixed with Kahlua, milk and coffee since it’s a cream liqueur; however, I found this less traditional recipe online and made it at home.  So delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Amarula Cream
  • 1/2 oz citrus vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz lychee juice
  • 3/4 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • Lychee fruit for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into glass.
  3. Garnish with lychee fruit on the rim, if desired.

Sounds totally refreshing, right? I should have taken pictures but I was too anxious to try it.  Bottoms up!

Cheers!
Ashlee

Photo Credit: Amarula.com

*While this post is sponsored by Colangelo & Partners Public Relations, all opinions expressed are my own.