Review: Amarula Marula Fruit Cream Liqueur

Review: Amarula Marula Fruit Cream Liqueur


“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.)

34 proof.


Amarula Marula Fruit Cream Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Jaime on March 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Stuck my bottle in the freezer for a while, trying out an Amarula slushy now. YUM! Goes well with quiet afternoon to finish up Twilight!

  2. Tom on April 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Was introduced to Amarula 3 years ago in Grenada, West Indiesm. Marvelous stuff…..great for “Sundowners” on a boat at anchor.

  3. Marco on May 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    An Italian friend who lives in Africa sent me here in Rome a bottle of and introduced me to this interesting soft liquours. It’s taste is very close to irish but seems like more spicy. I prefer it from a refrigerator and… close to my wife ;-)

  4. jetli on October 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    jst now i tried it for the first time……………this is something amazing

  5. Anonymous on April 29, 2012 at 1:53 am


  6. janice on March 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    found this very tasty liquor here in Mexico…in Ensenada at Walmart! was looking for something different…and it was reasonably priced and looked different.

    i enjoyed it from my first drink to my last. on the sweet side (altho not sticky) , a bit thick and yummy…try it as you might just find a new end to the meal taste treat!.

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