When I was in my early twenties, I spent a month in the late fall backpacking around South Africa and Swaziland. I fell in love with the country immediately and to this day, I dream of going back and showing my boys the beauty of the area.
It was while I was in South Africa that I first discovered Amarula, a cream liqueur that’s flavoured with the fruit of the Marula tree. I hadn’t even known that there was such a fruit and I fell in love with the liqueur’s distinctive taste and delicious creaminess.
I later learned that the Marula trees are uncultivated and grow only in Africa, making this unique, somewhat nutty liqueur a true taste of Africa. They bear fruit just once a year and the scent of the ripe fruit attracts elephants from nearby areas that love to feast on the fruit. For that reason, elephant tusks are engraved into the bottle.
When I came back to Canada, I brought a bottle of Amarula Cream Liqueur with me. I loved treating myself with a splash in my coffee on a lazy Sunday morning or with a shot over ice as a nice dessert. [Read more…]