When I was little I asked my mom why there was a Mother’s Day and not a Kid’s Day. She, of course, said it was because every day was Kid’s Day. The older I get the more I realize how right she was.
Though I’m positive my booze appreciation gene came from her side of the family, Mom isn’t much of drinker. She does enjoy a glass of cream liqueur (served over ice), so come Mother’s Day I try and surprise her with something different.
Ireland’s Bailey’s is the benchmark for everything creamy so you’d think they’d leave well enough alone. Nope. Bailey’s Mint Chocolate ($27.99 - $29.99) takes the original Irish whiskey-based recipe and actually enhances it with minty mocha flavours, while Amarula Cream ($25.95 - $27.95) from South Africa uses the indigenous marula fruit to make its refreshingly fruity liqueur.
The latest edition to the cream lineup is Cadbury Caramilk Liqueur ($27.99 - $29.99) from New Zealand. It’s the liquid version of the popular chocolate bar. While I don’t think there’s any secret to how they get it in the bottle; in the glass it tastes much like you’d expect if you’ve ever tasted the candy version.
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Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.