Amarula Cream: the secret ingredient to delicious cocktails

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
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freshly brewed coffee
1 cup
1/4 cup
amarula liqueur
1/4 cup
3 ounces

You've probably tried Irish cream liqueur before, but have you ever had Amarula cream? This delicious liqueur is made from the Amarula fruit and has a rich, creamy texture and a flavor that's similar to toffee.

Amarula cream is amazing in all sorts of cocktails, but one of the most popular ways to enjoy it is with coffee, like in this Amarula White Russian recipe. Made with vodka, coffee, milk, and of course, a generous slug of Amarula liqueur, this delicious cocktail is one you'll love sharing with friends and loved ones when the temperature dips.

What is Amarula Cream Liqueur?

Amarula cream is a liqueur made from marula fruit. This liqueur has a creamy texture, with a fruity, toffee, and caramel-like flavor. It's made by fermenting and distilling marula fruit, then aging the spirit and blending it with cream. It's usually enjoyed as an after-dinner drink.

How to Make Amarula Cream Coffee

This recipe takes the basics of a classic White Russian cocktail and adds Amarula cream to it to make it ultra-rich and creamy while adding a touch of caramel flavor.

Simply warm up a little milk, heavy cream, or plant-based milk (whichever you prefer). Split the vodka, Amarula, and the warmed milk between two mugs, then top them off with freshly brewed coffee.

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated cinnamon or nutmeg to make your cocktail extra special.

Tips for Amarula Cream Coffee

For a creamier cocktail, use heavy cream instead of milk. If you're vegan or lactose intolerant, you can use non-dairy milk instead. Almond or oat milk would be especially delicious in this drink.

You can also heat the milk in a microwave instead of a saucepan.

For a caffeine-free alternative, you can use decaf coffee or add Amarula cream and vodka to your favorite hot chocolate. Use mugs or other sturdy coffee cups for to make your warming cocktails.

While it's amazing as part of a cocktail, Amarula can also be enjoyed over ice cream, cakes, and other desserts.

How to Drink Amarula Cream Liqueur

There are plenty of great ways to enjoy Amarula cream. This delicious liqueur is also great in hot chocolate, lattes, eggnog, espresso Martini, or enjoyed neat over ice after dinner.

How to Store Amarula Cream

Cream liqueurs have a shorter shelf life compared to other types of alcohol. Once opened, Amarula lasts 5 months at room temperature or up to 1 year in the fridge.

How to Make Spiked Coffee with Amarula Cream

In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium-low flame.

Pour 1 ½ ounce of vodka, 2 tablespoons of Amarula, and 2 tablespoons of warm milk into 2 coffee cups. Top with coffee and stir.

If desired, garnish with whipped cream, grated nutmeg, cinnamon, or a drizzle of caramel syrup.


While vodka is a popular spirit to mix with Amarula cream, rum, brandy, and flavored vodkas also play well with the flavors in this liqueur.

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