37 Amarula Cocktails For Any Time Of Year

Indulgent, smooth, and delicious–these Amarula cocktails are the creamiest. And I think that’s definitely needed all year round (and not just during the holidays).

Here I’ve rounded up the best Amarula cocktails, from the legendary Don Pedro to the Brown Elephant to the Brandy Alexander to the layered Springbokkie shot!

But first …

What is Amarula Cream Liqueur?

Amarula is a South African cream liqueur similar to Baileys Irish Cream, but smoother and less expensive. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree. It has a low alcohol content of 17% by volume. If you like Bailey’s give Amarula a try. Amarula is the second-largest seller in the cream liqueur category right behind Bailey’s.

Top Must Try Amarula Cocktails

Here are 32 Amarula cocktails to make with this delicious creamy liqueur!

Related: 28 Amarula Desserts 

1. Don Pedro

The Don Pedro is a boozy dessert drink from South Africa. This grown-up milkshake is made with decadent vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, and Amarula.

2. White Russian

This wintry White Russian Amarula Cocktail features vodka, Amarula, espresso coffee, milk, and ground nutmeg. The layered effect looks like a reversed Dark and Stormy cocktail.

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3. Brown Elephant

Chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and milk mixed with Amarula? Yes please!

4. Amarula Hot Chocolate

Amarula in spiked hot chocolate is something you should definitely try!

Easy Recipe: Mix 1 packet of hot chocolate mix and 1 tsp granular sugar in a mug. Add 1/2 cup hot water and 1/4 cup Amarula Liquor, stir well, and pour in your favorite mug.

5. Amarula Brandy Alexander

This creamy, caramel Amarula Brandy Alexander is an after-dinner drink served cold in a martini glass. It’s easy to make and even easier to drink.

Easy Recipe: Combine 2 oz brandy, 2 oz Amarula liqueur, and 2 oz heavy cream in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake well. Pour the mixture into two martini glasses and top each with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

6. Amarula Ethiopian Coffee Dalgona

If you’re a coffee lover, you’re in for a treat. This cocktail is a mix of Amarula, strong brewed Ethiopian coffee, sugar, and milk.

Topped with a frothy Dalgona foam, it’s a creamy and delicious drink that will make you feel like you’re sipping on a warm cup of coffee in Addis Ababa.

7. Chai Latte With Amarula Vanilla

If I had my way, Amarula vanilla spice chai lattes would be trending over pumpkin spice lattes. This warm and cozy drink is full of steamed milk and spice the coziest drink of all time.

8. Amarula Pink Elephant Cocktail

Pink elephants are a classic cocktail. The pink elephant is fun, sweet, pink, and absolutely delicious. It mixes Amarula with chocolate, raspberries, red wine, and cream. An ideal drink for romantic dinners.

9. Amarula Springbokkie

This creamy and minty Amarula shot is a patriotic drink in South Africa. It’s green and gold colors rep the national rugby team, the Springboks. The springbok is also the country’s national animal.

Easy Recipe: In a 2 oz shot glass, pour 1 oz Creme De Menthe. Using a teaspoon, gently pour 1 oz Amarula over the back of the spoon to layer it on top of the Creme De Menthe. Serve immediately for a stunning, layered shot.

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10. Hot White Russian with Amarula

Hot White Russian is a decadent Winter cocktail filled with delicious velvety flavors. Warm up your winter with the indulgent mix of creamy Amarula and a White Russian.

11. Chocolate Amarula Cocktail

Chocolate Amarula Cocktail is a the perfect drinks in a party for chocolate lovers. Best served for occasions such as Easter and Christmas.

12. Amarula South African Eggnog

Get in the holiday spirit with the Amarula Gingerbread Eggnog! This festive cocktail is a mix of Amarula cream liqueur, eggnog, and gingerbread syrup.

13. Amarula Cherry Pop

Cocktail cherry lovers, this one’s for you. The Springbok Cherry Pop layered shot is a red, green, and gold shooter that is proudly South African.

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14. Amarula Strawberries and Cream

Just when you thought the original strawberries and cream couldn’t be improved. This drink is totally life-affirming.

15. Amarula Pina Colada

Amarula Colada is a tropical drink made from Amarula cream liqueur, pineapple juice, white rum, and coconut cream, and served in a tall glass with pineapple.

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16. Amarula Coffee Milkshake

A creamy, adult milkshake, using coffee ice cream, milk, and Amarula!

I love topping this boozy coffee “milkshake” with a pinch of cocoa powder, but feel free to get creative on the garnishes! Try adding whipped cream or even crushed Oreos on top.

17. Amarula Gingerbread Eggnog

Creamy Gingerbread Eggnog is like traditional eggnog, but with enough booze to enjoy.

18. Amarula Mudslide Drink

Amarula Cocktails - Mudslide

While I love the classic White Russian cocktail, when I’m looking for an extra decadent dessert cocktail, I turn to the mudslide.

Easy Recipe: Coat the inside of two cocktail glasses with chocolate syrup. In a cocktail shaker, combine 4 oz vodka, 2 oz Kahlua, 2 oz Amarula, and 1/4 cup heavy cream with ice; shake until well chilled. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish with chocolate shavings.

19. Amarula S’Mores Milkshake

This boozy chocolate milkshake has everything you love about s’mores. Garnish with dehydrated mini marshmallows.

Easy Recipe: Blend 8 large scoops (about 2 1/2 cups) chocolate ice cream, 1/4 cup Amarula, 2 oz vanilla vodka, and 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff in a blender. Combine crushed graham crackers and marshmallow bits on a small plate, rim 2 glasses with chocolate fudge, dip into graham crackers and marshmallows. Pour the milkshake into glasses, top each with whipped cream, a chocolate square, and a graham cracker square.

20. Tiramisu Amarula White Russian

A cocktail and dessert, this Italian-influenced White Russian adds a dash of orange bitters and a pinch of ground cinnamon.

21. Amarula Creamy Christmas Cocktail

Amarula Eggnog is a festive drink that is alcoholic custard. Similar to ice cream except it can’t be frozen because of its alcohol content.

22. Amarula Vanilla Spice Latte

A spicy cocktail, perfect for Autumn and Winter cozy nights in.

23. Amarula Truffle and Caramel Coffee

When you need a pick me up, boozy caramel coffee is the way to go. This might be the most over-the-top, indulgent spiked coffee—ever.

24. Amarula Chocolate Martini

This Amarula Chocolate Martini is the ultimate cocktail for all chocolate lovers. Made with Amarula Vanilla Spice, vodka and chocolate liqueur or syrup, it’s boozy, sweet, smooth, and totally seductive.

25. Iced Coconut Amarula Latte

I like to get even creamier by adding coconut whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed hazelnut. The whipped cream mustache that follows is totally worth it. 😉

26. Amarula Pumpkin Pie Martini

Bring the holidays into your drinks with my pumpkin pie martini! Creamy & sweet, it’s just the thing your holiday party.

I see no reason you can’t make it all year long too.

27. Hot Amarula Thai Tea

Hot Amarula Thai Tea is a mix of Amarula Cream, tea leaves, vanilla, and spices. This drink is usually served in Thai restaurants.

28. Amarula Hot Butter Rum

The best way to enjoy Amarula in the winter? With hot butter rum! I can’t get enough.

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29. Zing Amarula Mint Music Muddle

This Amarula cocktail is nothing short of spectacular. If you prefer a slightly boozier drink, add vodka—it’ll still be wildly delicious.

30. Amarula Sunset Safari

Amarula Sunset Safari is a refreshing cocktail made with Disaronno and Cointreau, and served in a chilled cocktail glass. 

31. Amarula Milkshake

This adult milkshake is creamy, simple to prepare, has a coffee flavoring, and is blend with Amarula.

32. Vodka Espresso

Indulge in this decadent Vodka Espresso Amarula cocktail–a blend of sophistication and creamy flavor.

Easy Recipe: Shake 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Amarula cream liqueur, 2 oz espresso coffee, and 2 teaspoons sugar with cubed ice; strain into a glass and layer Amarula on top.

33. Amarula Watermelon Cooler

This refreshing Amarula cocktail is deceptively simple. Amarula Gin features orange notes and a peppery tingle to enhance the freshness of watermelon.

Easy Recipe: In a food processor, combine 1.5 oz Amarula Gin, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.3 oz gomme syrup, 3.5 oz watermelon chunks, and ice cubes. Pulse for 2-3 seconds until watermelon is blended. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

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34. Amarula Margarita

This Amarula mixed drink literally combines all of my favorite things! It mixes Amarula, silver or Reposado tequila, and ice cream for an absolute winner!

Easy Recipe: Rim a glass with a mixture of equal parts Maldon salt, sugar, and lime zest. In a shaker with ice, combine 2 oz Amarula, 2 oz Tequila, 1-1/4 oz fresh lime juice, and 1-3/4 oz Agave syrup. Shake well. Double strain into the prepared glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Related: 10 Best Reposado Cocktail Recipes

35. Ubuntu Cheer

This is one of my favorite whiskey drinks. It’s a real crowd pleaser with a subtly sweet finish that lingers on the palate.

Easy Recipe: In a shaker with ice, combine 1.25 oz Irish Whiskey, 0.75 oz Fino Sherry, 0.5 oz Amarula, and 1 barspoon Chocolate Liqueur. Short shake. Strain over crushed ice in a glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a dehydrated orange wheel.

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36. Peanut Butter Amarula Cocktail

It’s so sweet and creamy. Sometimes I’m craving a cocktail AND dessert!!. Enter: Amarula Cream Liqueur!

Easy Recipe: Rim a glass with peanut butter, then dip in peanut powder. In a shaker with ice, combine 1 oz vanilla-flavored vodka, 3 oz Amarula liqueur, 1 oz whole milk, 1 tsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp peanut powder, and 2 tsp chocolate curls. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls.

37. Amartini

The elegant Amartini (Amarula Martini) uses floral and spicy Amarula Gin. With the addition of Martini Bianco sweet vermouth, you can skip the olives. Aperol provides the orange color and zing.

Easy Recipe: In a mixing glass, combine 1.7 oz Amarula Gin, 0.3 oz Martini Bianco vermouth, and 0.17 oz Aperol. Add a handful of ice and stir. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Amarula Cocktail FAQs

What can Amarula be mixed with?

Amarula can be mixed with various ingredients to create delicious cocktails. It pairs well with coffee, chocolate, cream, and even fruits like bananas and strawberries. One popular cocktail is the “Amarula Sunset,” which combines Amarula with orange juice and grenadine for a fruity and creamy drink.

What’s the difference between Baileys and Amarula?

The main difference between Baileys and Amarula lies in the base spirit flavor. Baileys has a smoother, creamier taste with hints of chocolate, while Amarula has a slight fruity characteristic from the Marula spirit and a delicious note of caramel/honeycomb. Both are cream liqueurs but offer distinct flavor profiles.

Should I refrigerate Amarula?

Yes, it is recommended to refrigerate Amarula after opening to maintain its quality and extend its shelf life. Since it contains cream, refrigeration helps preserve its freshness and prevents spoilage.

Does Amarula taste like coffee?

Amarula does not taste like coffee; it has fruity notes from the Marula fruit along with notes of creamy nougat, dried mango, toasted walnut, sweet cream, mint honey, and chewy caramel. While both Baileys and Amarula are cream liqueurs, Baileys may have more of a chocolatey flavor.

What is Amarula made of?

Amarula is made from sugar, cream, and the fruit of the African marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea). The Marula fruit is harvested once a year when it ripens, and the unique taste of Amarula is achieved through a two-year process that involves hand-harvesting the ripe yellow fruit. The liqueur has a creamy pale brown color.

More cocktails!

Love cocktails? Me too. Here are a few more drinks I know you’ll love:


Amarula Cocktails


  • Don Pedro

  • White Russian

  • Brown Elephant

  • Amarula Hot Chocolate

  • Amarula Brandy Alexander

  • Amarula Ethiopian Coffee Dalgona

  • Chai Latte With Amarula Vanilla

  • Amarula Pink Elephant Cocktail

  • Amarula Springbok

  • Hot White Russian with Amarula

  • Chocolate Amarula Cocktail

  • Amarula South African Eggnog

  • Amarula Cherry Pop

  • Amarula Strawberries and Cream

  • Amarula Pina Colada

  • Amarula Coffee Milkshake

  • Amarula Gingerbread Eggnog

  • Amarula Mudslide Drink

  • Amarula S’Mores Milkshake

  • Tiramisu Amarula White Russian

  • Amarula Creamy Christmas Cocktail

  • Amurala Vanilla Spice Latte

  • Amarula Truffle and Caramel Coffee

  • Amarula Chocolate Martini

  • Iced Coconut Amarula Latte

  • Amarula Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Hot Amarula Thai Tea

  • Amarula Hot Butter Rum

  • Zing Amarula Mint Music Muddle

  • Amarula Sunset Safari

  • Amarula Milkshake

  • Vodka Espresso

  • Amarula Watermelon Cooler

  • Amarula Margarita

  • Ubuntu Cheer

  • Amarula Cocktail

  • Amartini


  • Choose your favorite Amarula cocktail recipe
  • Mix and sip!
Amarula Cocktails

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