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Do you know Amarula liqueur?

Amarula is in fashion. It is a cream liqueur from South Africa that is especially popular among fans of the traditional Baileys. The liqueurs are similar when it comes to the sweet and creamy taste. It makes it easy to associate the two although they are two very different drinks.

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Amarula cream liqueur is made from the cream of milk and the fruit of the Marula tree. This tree only exists in the sub-equatorial plains of Africa. The mystery of this liqueur comes from its fruit. The fruit has a citrusy and creamy flavour and fibrous white flesh under its hard skin. It contains four times more vitamin C than an orange.

The Marula tree is protected in South Africa and it only grows in the wild. Humans have not been able to cultivate it so the gatherers must adapt to the whims of their roots. The tree only produces fruit once a year which makes the harvest even more difficult.

The Marula tree is also known as ”the tree of the elephants” because they love their fruit. Elephants can travel hundreds of kilometres when they detect the sweet smell of this delicacy. Perhaps that is why the Amarula liqueur is associated with these majestic giants. In fact, the brand supports elephant conservation efforts and co-founded an elephant research programme.

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Many other animals also enjoy eating the fruit. At times, when the fruit is very ripe, it will ferment on the ground in the heat of the sun. The fruit may then obtain an alcohol content of up to 38%. It goes without saying that animals eating the fruit from the ground may experience a bit of a buzz.

It is not a joke…

The production of Amarula is very basic. The fruit is fermented much like wine. It is then distilled twice and aged in French oak barrels for two years. At the end of the process, the liquor is mixed with the cream of milk to create the final product, the Amarula liqueur.

Amarula liqueur was created in 1989 which makes it a relatively new drink. Yet it is already distributed in 100 countries. It has won many awards, among others two awards for Best Liqueur in the World (2006 and 2008). It is steadily gaining new followers who like to drink it neat, with ice, mixed into cocktails, or they may even use it as an ingredient in cooking recipes.

We are also big fans… How about you? Have you tried it yet?

 

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Amarula

Amarula is a sweet cream liqueur from South Africa with 17% alcohol

 

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4 cocktails to warm you during Christmas

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Inevitably, the cold season is here, and what better than to take sit by the side of the chimney with a rich and strong drink, especially during Christmas. Here we give you 4 recipes for drinks that surely will chase the cold out of your body.

1. Winter Sun

Ingredients:

  • 60ml of mandarin juice
  • 15ml of lemon juice
  • 1 part triple dry (Cointreau)
  • 45ml of Vodka
  • Sugar to taste
  • A spig of rosemary

Preparation

  1. Pour the tangerine and lemon juices into an ice-free shaker.
  2. Add the vodka and triple dry and shake very well.
  3. Take a large glass and frost the edge with the help of some tangerine juice and sugar.
  4. Serve the mixture in the frosted glass and garnish with the rosemary.

2. Rothes Original

Ingredients:

  • 6 cl. Of The Glenrothes Select Reserve
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or gingerbread sugar to give it a spicy touch
  • 2 cl. Of dulce de leche
  • 1 drop of vanilla essence
  • ½ lime juice
  • 1 cl. Of liquid caramel

Preparation:

  1. Introduce all ingredients in a shaker with a little ice and shake very well until a homogeneous and fresh mixture.
  2. Serve in a low glass without ice.
  3. You can decorate the surface with a little-whipped cream.

3. Punch of Granada and Champagne

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of pomegranate juice
  • 1 pear nectar
  • ¼ orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle of champagne

Preparation:

  1. Take a large pitcher and pour in the pomegranate juice, the pear nectar and the orange liqueur.
  2. Shake well to mix and then pour the champagne.
  3. Serve in short glasses with ice to taste.

4. The Mount Christ

Ingredients:

  • 15ml of orange liqueur
  • 15ml of coffee liqueur
  • 120ml of coffee
  • Whipped cream

Preparation:

  1. Pour the hot coffee and add the two liquors: coffee and orange.
  2. Cover the surface with a little-whipped cream.
  3. Enjoy!

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3 cocktails with coffee you will love

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There is no doubt that coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Its exquisite and pleasant taste and its unquestionable energetic effect, have established this drink as a staple in the diet of many people. For some, it is a morning ritual that helps to start the daily routine with encouragement. For others, it is the perfect companion for pleasant gatherings and conversations after a meal with their families. Whatever your preferred time and place for coffee, we hereby present a selection of 3 cocktails with coffee you will love:

Morning rooster

Powerful and strong, like the wake up call of a rooster in the morning, a Mexican-inspired cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of Tequila Reposado
  • 15 ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 230 ml Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg

Elaboration:

Mix the agave nectar, cream and vanilla extract until it gets a thick consistency. Add the tequila, coffee liqueur, and coffee to a cup, and cover with the whipped cream mixture. Garnish with nutmeg.

Urabá

This cocktail takes its name from the Colombian region of Urabá, a crossroads between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean that separates South and Central America. It is a drink with the essence of Caribbean rum and banana, and also with the quality of Colombian coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Espresso
  • 30 ml of White Rum
  • 30 ml of banana liqueur

Elaboration:

It could not be easier: just add all ingredients to a shaker and shake until well mixed.

Espresso Martini

The favorite drink of the secret super agent James Bond is one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Elegant and sophisticated, this is a special drink for the good times. Therefore, here we present an alternative version for coffee lovers.

Ingredients:

Elaboration:

Enter all ingredients in a shaker and shake until well mixed. Serve in a martini glass with ice.

Now we just have to set aside time to enjoy these delicious cocktails with coffee. Cheers!

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3 renewed cocktails with Campari

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Cocktails with Campari offer such a characteristic taste that it makes them distinctively Italian. We present some of these combined and completely renovated recipes which were created by the finalists of Campari Bartender of the Year 2015. The second edition of this competition was held a few days ago in Milan, Italy, the winner being the bartender from Turin, Andrea Dracos.

Andrea Dracos

Made by the winner of the contest, as the Best Barman Campari 2015, this cocktail contains the following ingredients.

  • 3 cl Campari, Cinzano and Cynar
  • Cinzano Vermouth 3 cl 1757
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • Lemon zest

The trick is to mix the Italian appetizers, such as Campari, Cinzano and Cynar, the latter known for having a secret formula that includes artichokes and 13 different herbs. These flavors are blended and offer surprising tastes that renew the world of aperitifs.

Andrea Paci

Another of the finalists who developed an original cocktail with Campari, tequila and limoncello. Here there are the ingredients:

  • White tequila 3 cl
  • 3 cl Campari
  • 8 cl fresh grapefruit rose
  • 2 cl limoncello
  • 1 sprig of marjoram

The contrast of tequila, with Campari and limoncello, the most famous Italian lemon liqueur, offers an explosive mixture.

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A Campari cocktail created by yet another finalist of this competition is starring lemon, and grapefruit appetiser Cynar. The acidity of grapefruit along with lemon is strong and powerful, in a very good cocktail, which is finished decorating the glass with twigs of bergamot and thyme.

  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 cl lemon verbena liqueur
  • 2 cl Cynar
  • 4 ounces Campari
  • 4 cl grapefruit juice
  • 2 slices of lemon

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How to make homemade coffee liquor

 TAGS:The DIY (do it yourself) is trend again also regarding alcoholic beverages. Although, of course, it will depend on what, because I cannot really picture us going out to check and look after our mini vineyard in the balcony as a previous step to elaborate a good vintage in our kitchen. We will leave the wine in all its varieties aside and focus on more affordable liquors according to our skills (Yes , we can!). To start with what do you think about making a homemade coffee liquor?

Although we are not Galicians with proper instructions we can manage to make our own coffee liquor with success. The ingredients have no mystery: liquor (or some other type of brandy) and coffee. Of course you have to include a healthy dose of sugar and to give the magic touch, that gourmet note which will prove that the liquor is really homemade, what I recommend is to scent it to your liking.

To give those special notes to the final result we can use aromatic citrus (a trick that never fails in combination with booze), spices (cardamom, cinnamon, etc..) Or, if you have sweet tooth, which is what happens to me, we cannot ask other option other than a bit of dark chocolate of the highest possible purity percentage.

The first thing you need to do at home your own coffee liquor is put water to boil. There we will water down the sugar and once the mixture has cooled a bit, we will add to the container where we will have the liquor ready for our experiment.

We will add the coffee and all those extra ingredients to give the essence that you have decided (orange, cinnamon, chocolate). We stir to mix all the different flavours. Remember that it is important to make sure that we have a good closure to prevent evaporative loss of the aroma.

We will keep it there for at least two weeks, during which it is essential to carefully turn the container upside down every day, to help the fusion of flavours. After this time the liquor will be ready and only the final step will be left: no one can forget about strain the mixture before bottling in the final container will occupy the place of honor in our liquor cabinet.

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