Holiday Recipe: Hot Amarula Thai Tea

published Dec 3, 2013
Amarula Thai Tea
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If there is one must-add to your holiday bar setup this year it’s Amarula. This cream liqueur, made from the Marula fruit, is rich and creamy and delicious in all sorts of holiday inspired cocktails.

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In Africa, where the Marula fruit trees are plentiful, elephants walk for miles following the sweet scent until they find this sun-ripened fruit to feast upon.

Lucky for us there’s no need to trek hundreds of miles to have a sip. It’s delicious on its own, on the rocks or even over ice cream. During the holidays, this liqueur is perfect for making hot cocktails with coffee, tea or even cocoa into a whole new and delicious experience.

Here we mix the fruity liqueur with the wonderful spices of Thai tea and top it off with some frothy milk for a decadent end to any holiday feast.

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Thai tea is a mix of tea leaves, vanilla and spices like star anise. Served in Thai restaurants, this orangey colored tea is mixed with sugar and half and half or condensed milk.

Our recipe replaces the sugar and the milk with a shot of rich and creamy Amarula, making for a delicious hot cocktail treat perfect for warming up your guests.

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Amarula & Protecting African Elephants

Speaking of holiday treats, when you treat a friend, family member or even yourself to a specially-marked bottle of Amarula Cream this holiday, you can help protect the African elephant from poachers.

Through its partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, $1 from each bottle of Amarula Cream sold will be donated to help save the African elephant and its habitat.

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Amarula Thai Tea

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1 cup

    Thai tea

  • 8 ounces

    Amarula Cream Liqueur

  • 1 1/2 cups

    fat-free milk, frothed

  • Whole star anise pods or cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. Bring 4 cups water to a simmer a medium saucepan then turn down the heat and add the Thai tea. Steep for up to 20 minutes over low heat. Strain to remove all of the tea leaves.

  2. Pour the warm tea into 4 heatproof 12-ounce mugs. Add 2 ounces of Amarula to each cup.

  3. Top with frothed milk and garnish with star anise or a cinnamon stick.

Recipe Notes

  • Finding Thai tea: You can find Thai tea at Asian groceries and at World Market, as well as on Amazon.
  • Thai tea substitute: But if you can't find Thai tea mix, substitute 4 plain black teabags, and steep with a cinnamon stick, half a vanilla bean and a few star anise pods.
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Recipe by Maureen Petrosky

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