Cocktail Friday: Amarula Martini

by Tokyo Terrace on August 29, 2009

One of our lovely teacher friends here in Japan, Lana, introduced us to a fascinating liqueur called Amarula. This creamy deliciousness in a bottle is made from the Marula fruit of South Africa.

The myth behind the Marula fruit is hilarious. In South Africa, elephants seek out Marula to purposely intoxicate themselves. The fruit falls to the ground and begins to ferment, at which point the elephants begin eating it. The result is intense intoxication. Drunk elephants- true or false? It’s a fun story either way! Read more information about the myth here.

Slightly resembling Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amarula is nutty, fruity and smooth. My first experience with this unique liqueur was on it’s own. We were enjoying a fireworks display on one of our first nights back in Tokyo. Here is a link for more about that night on my hubby’s blog, The Whites in Tokyo.

Today’s cocktail combines Amarula, espresso and vodka. Deliciously indulgent for a weekend celebration or just to reward yourself for making it through another week! Kanpai!

Amarula Martini

Makes 1 cocktail

2 oz. Amarula

2 oz. espresso, cooled

2 oz. vodka, chilled

ice

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or cocktail glass. Shake or stir to combine. Pour into your cocktail glass and sip away…like an elephant.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Share
  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com/ OysterCulture

    Sounds like yet another perfect ending to the week. Kompai indeed! Are you going to collect all these great sounding cocktails into a book?

  • http://oysterfoodandculture.com OysterCulture

    Sounds like yet another perfect ending to the week. Kompai indeed! Are you going to collect all these great sounding cocktails into a book?

  • tokyoterrace

    I would love to make a book out of all these cocktails. Know a publisher? :)

    Have a great weekend!

  • tokyoterrace

    I would love to make a book out of all these cocktails. Know a publisher? :)

    Have a great weekend!

  • http://kennychiceats.blogspot.com/ KennyT

    I love Amarula!!!!

  • http://kennychiceats.blogspot.com/ KennyT

    I love Amarula!!!!

  • vicariousmom

    This looks really good, but one would be enough for me. Looks rich. But, something to look forward to at the end of a long week.

  • vicariousmom

    This looks really good, but one would be enough for me. Looks rich. But, something to look forward to at the end of a long week.

  • tokyoterrace

    vicariousmom: I bet I could talk you into 2 of these martinis…they are right up your alley, mom :)

  • tokyoterrace

    vicariousmom: I bet I could talk you into 2 of these martinis…they are right up your alley, mom :)

  • http://www.giverecipe.com/ zerrin

    It would be perfect to end or go on a great Sunday with this perfect looking cocktail.

  • http://www.giverecipe.com zerrin

    It would be perfect to end or go on a great Sunday with this perfect looking cocktail.

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    OK, this is too weird! I had a dream about Amarula last night! In the dream, Tim bought a bottle of this stuff and shared it with friends. I haven’t heard of this liquor since I was a junior in college I think. I hadn’t read your blog yet or anything. Yet further proof out minds are inextricably intertwined!

    This martini sounds yummy! I hope I dream about it tonight!

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    OK, this is too weird! I had a dream about Amarula last night! In the dream, Tim bought a bottle of this stuff and shared it with friends. I haven’t heard of this liquor since I was a junior in college I think. I hadn’t read your blog yet or anything. Yet further proof out minds are inextricably intertwined!

    This martini sounds yummy! I hope I dream about it tonight!

  • John Gorman212

    Where were you buying the amarula in Tokyo? I know this is a late post. Just looking for it…   Thanks 

  • Anonymous

    I actually didn’t buy the Amarula in Tokyo- it was a gift from a South African friend of ours who brought it to Japan with her. If I see it somewhere in particular in Tokyo, I’ll let you know!

Previous post:

Next post: