RECIPE: Shaken Amarula Martini For Mother’s Day

By now we hope everyone has an idea of what to do to show appreciation to their moms, aunts, the makhulu who always sacrifices a bit of her pension money, that nosy neighbour who always has your back!  Be it breakfast in bed, a home-cooked meal or a lunch at a fancy restaurant, moms will appreciate the effort. Here’s something else they’ll enjoy!

This Mother’s Day, make her an Amarula Espresso Martini, a recipe for pure indulgence from the first to the last sip. It’s hard to beat a cocktail that combines what are arguably three of the best tastes in the world: Amarula Cream, chocolate and coffee.


Make her day that much more special by presenting her with a beautiful Amarula gift pack too! You can choose from a bottle of Amarula Cream offered with two glasses or a gift pack that comes with a bottle and a fun lantern. There’s also the bottle packaged with a beautiful collector’s edition coffee cup and saucer featuring a design by South African graphic artist and printmaker Motsamai Thabane. And don’t forget the Amarula-infused chocolates or fudge!


These items are available from leading liquor outlets nationwide.


Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!




Amarula Cream shaken with hot espresso and Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur. Served straight up in a chilled martini glass and completed with a dollop of whipped cream, coffee beans and a chocolate dusting.




2 shots (50 ml) Amarula Cream

1 ½ shots hot espresso or strong brewed filter coffee

½ shot (12.5 ml) Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur


Glass: Chilled martini (no ice)


Garnish: Shaved or grated white, milk and/or dark chocolate



  1. Pour the Amarula Cream, hot espresso or coffee, and Nachtmusik chocolate liqueur into a cocktail shaker or container with a lid to seal.
  2. Shake well and strain into the chilled martini glass. Do not add ice. Garnish with shaved or grated white, milk and/or dark chocolate.


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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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