We forgive you if you’re not familiar with the fruit of the marula tree. We didn’t know anything about this yellow berry either until we tried Amarula Cream, a South African cream liqueur that strikes us as an exotic Kahlua.
Marula trees are found mainly in the warm, frost-free regions of subequatorial Africa, and the vitamin-C-rich fruit belongs to the same family as the mango, sumac, cashew and pistachio. While elephants (which grace the bottle) like to eat them directly off the tree, we like to drink the cream liqueur that results from the flesh of the fruit being pulped, sweetened, fermented, aged in oak casks for two years, and blended with fresh cream. The caramel-like flavor is sweet but not cloying, and is enjoyable straight from a refrigerated bottle, on the rocks, or in coffee. Try it as a dessert in the recipe below.
Origin: South Africa
Price: $19.99 for 750 ml.
Springbok Frozen Recipe
2 oz. Amarula Cream
1 oz. Crème de Menthe
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Blend ingredients with crushed ice until slushy and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and sprinkle of chocolate.