Springbok Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Springbok cocktail is a popular shooter in South Africa, named after the national rugby team, the Springboks. It's traditionally consumed when celebrating a Springboks win. The green and gold colors of the cocktail represent the team's colors. It's a sweet, creamy drink that's perfect for those who enjoy a dessert-like cocktail.

How Springbok Tastes?

The Springbok cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and creamy. The minty freshness of the crème de menthe is beautifully balanced with the rich, velvety creaminess of the Amarula cream. It's like a dessert in a glass, with a subtle kick of alcohol.

Interesting facts about Springbok

  • The Springbok cocktail is named after the South African national rugby team.
  • The green and gold layers of the cocktail represent the team's colors.
  • It's traditionally consumed when celebrating a Springboks win.


Green Crème de Menthe

This minty liqueur adds a vibrant hue and refreshing flavor to the Springbok cocktail. It's a sweet and minty component that can't be understated - without it, you'd lose the 'spring' in your 'bok'! If you wanted to toy around, swap it for peppermint schnapps for a sharper minty bite that could have your taste buds doing the samba.

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Amarula Cream Liqueur

Amarula lends a rich, fruity creaminess that contrasts the mint. It’s a unique South African treat from the marula fruit - if the elephants love it, who are we to disagree? Forget to pour it, and you might as well call your drink 'Just Another Mint Shot'. If you're out of Amarula, try substituting with Bailey's, but remember, you'll be venturing from the safari path to the Irish countryside!

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Recipe. How to make Springbok Drink

  1. Chill a shot glass in the freezer.
  2. Pour the green crème de menthe into the glass.
  3. Slowly pour the Amarula cream over the back of a spoon to create a separate layer on top of the crème de menthe.
  4. Serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • The key to a perfect Springbok is the layering. Make sure to pour the Amarula cream slowly over the back of a spoon to achieve this.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cold longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Platters: A selection of mild cheeses complements the creaminess of the Amarula.
  • Desserts: Opt for desserts like mint chocolate chip ice cream or a dark chocolate mousse to play off the minty flavor.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A freshly brewed espresso or cappuccino can follow the sweet, dessert-like nature of this cocktail.
  • Water: To cleanse the palate between sips, a glass of sparkling or still water is always a good choice.

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What you could change in Springbok

If you can't find Amarula cream, you can substitute it with Bailey's Irish Cream. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the crème de menthe with mint syrup and the Amarula cream with regular cream.

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Espresso Springbok

  • Add a shot of espresso to the mix for a caffeine kick. The rich coffee will create a beautiful complexity alongside the Amarula and mint.
  • Ingredients: 0.5 oz Green Crème de Menthe, 0.5 oz Amarula Cream Liqueur, 1 oz espresso coffee, prepared
  • Recipe: Prepare the espresso and let it cool. Follow the original recipe and then gently pour the cooled espresso over the Amarula layer.
  • Flavor: The espresso adds a depth of flavor that works well with the creaminess of Amarula and the freshness of crème de menthe.

Chocolate Springbok

  • Introducing a layer of chocolate liqueur for a decadent twist.
  • Ingredients: 0.25 oz Green Crème de Menthe, 0.25 oz chocolate liqueur, 0.5 oz Amarula Cream Liqueur
  • Recipe: Pour the green crème de menthe, then chocolate liqueur, and finally the Amarula cream over the back of a spoon for a layered effect.
  • Flavor: A treat for the chocoholics, this twist turns the cocktail into a liquified after-dinner mint bar.

Fruity Springbok

  • Blend in some raspberry liqueur to introduce a tart fruitiness.
  • Ingredients: 0.25 oz Green Crème de Menthe, 0.25 oz raspberry liqueur, 0.5 oz Amarula Cream Liqueur
  • Recipe: Start with the green crème de menthe, add the raspberry liqueur, and top with the Amarula cream, using the spoon layering method.
  • Flavor: This version adds a fresh berry note that contrasts and complements the creamy and minty flavors.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Springbok

What is the origin of Crème de Menthe?

Crème de Menthe, which is used in the Springbok cocktail, originates from France. It is a sweet mint-flavored alcoholic beverage that is usually colorless, but the green variety is more well-known.

What does Amarula Cream Liqueur taste like?

Amarula Cream Liqueur, one of the main ingredients in the Springbok cocktail, is a South African cream liqueur made from the fruit of the African Marula tree. It has a creamy, subtly fruity flavor with hints of vanilla, caramel, and spice.

Can I make this drink ahead of time?

The Springbok cocktail is best served immediately after it's mixed to maintain the layers and the freshness of its flavors. The layered effect may not remain if prepared too far in advance.

Is the Springbok cocktail only popular in South Africa?

While the Springbok cocktail originates from South Africa, it is enjoyed by people worldwide, particularly those who enjoy creamy, dessert-like cocktails.

What kind of occasions is this cocktail suitable for?

The Springbok, with its unique and festive appearance, is perfect for celebrating special occasions, parties, and events. However, it can also be enjoyed casually.

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