Whether you are someone who follows a plant-based or vegan diet or want a delicious option alcoholic beverage, you may be interested in trying the new Amarula Plant-Based. Recently launched in Canada, this dreamy creamy liqueur is a perfect indulgence, now available at the LCBO.

Made with the cherished Marula fruit grown only in South Africa, the popular the sweet and luscious Amarula liqueur is enjoyed in over 100 countries.The Marula tree bears fruit only once a year, at the height of summer. When the scent of ripe Marula fills the air, the elephants travel vast distances to get a taste. Once they have their treat it is nature’s signal for harvest season.

The fruit is oval in shape and the size of a small plum. As it ripens, the colour changes to a rich yellow on the outside but reveals a white flesh which contains four times more vitamin C than the average orange.

Now the latest plant-based variation offers the same indulgence for more people to enjoy. Blended with coconut milk, it offers smooth notes of caramel, vanilla and a hints of Marula with a creamy finish. It’s also gluten and dairy free!At the Canadian launch event in Toronto, food and drink writers celebrated with a beautiful plant-based luncheon at 1 Hotel Kitchen. The restaurant will be offering both Amarulatini and the Matcharula Amarula plant-based cocktails as well as the Vegan Amarula Brownie dessert on their menu — available until the end of September. 

To celebrate the launch, Amarula announced a $15,000 donation to Tree Canada’s Edible Trees program which reconnects people back to their local food sources and builds community. Three $5,000 grants will be awarded one each in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The donation builds on the brands’ recent charitable initiatives supporting Food Banks and the food rescue efforts of Second Harvest.

To honour the legally protected Marula Tree in its native South Africa, Amarula has created a 7’ Marula Tree (and bar) which will be travelling to festivals across Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia in the coming weeks and months. Festival attendees will be invited to sample the product and share messages on social media as a symbolic gesture of their support for our planet and in appreciation for fruit-bearing trees, including those in Canada.

In addition, the company ensures that women and their families within the communities in South Africa. The tassels used on the 7′ Marula Tree are inspired by Amarula’s signature tassel which adorns each bottle. The original tassels are created by The Handwork Hub, an empowerment project that supports women in South Africa seeing them go from hand workers to proud business owners. This novel partnership enables black women-owned enterprises to enjoy a sustainable, permanent employment and a safe working environment.Amarula Plant-based is Vegan Certified and a sweet creamy in texture liqueur that is beautiful on the rocks alone, or in your next cocktail creation. Also great for us who are lactose-intolerant!

Here are two Amarula plant-based cocktail recipes to try…

AMARULATINI

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz cacao liqueur
  • 1 oz Amarula plant-based
  • Shaved chocolate

Method:

  1. In tin shaker pour vodka, cacao liqueur, and Amarula plant-based.
  2. Shake and vigorously shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a Nik&Nora glass.
  3. Garnished with shaved chocolate

Enjoy immediately!

MATCHARULA

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz Amarula plant-based
  • 5 oz coconut Matcha lattee
  • shredded coconut

Method:

  1. In mixing glass, drops 3 grams of matcha powder, coconut milk and o.5 oz of coconut syrup.
  2. Use a handled immersion mixer and mix for 20 seconds.
  3. In tin shaker, pour rum, Amarula and the matcha latte mix. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  4. Strain into stemless wine glass full of ice.
  5. Place garnish on a bamboo stick and dust shredded coconut on top.

Enjoy!

 

*Photo credit: Hector Vasquez