“This natural fruit cream is produced from fresh cream and the unique fruit of the marula tree.” That pretty much means nothing to me, but that’s not going to stop anyone from drinking Amarula, a cream liqueur that hails from South Africa.
You can functionally replace Irish Cream in any drink with Amarula, but the opposite hemisphere gives Amarula a litle different kick than Bailey’s. It looks nearly identical and has a very familiar taste of caramel, chocolate, and cream… but keep drinking and it reveals a twist or two. A spicy, peppery finish and a hint of citrus — which is a nice touch in balancing out the overwhelming sweetness of the drink.
Amarula leaves quite an aftertaste, though it’s hardly unpleasant. I’ve largely been drinking Amarula on the rocks, unmixed — and it must be said that it’s a total crowd-pleaser — but I think it works even better with a little something else mixed in. (It’s a mere 34 proof after all.)
A- / $20 / amarula.com
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