Have you ever tried Mamajuana?

Mamajuana is very popular in the Dominican.

It is a drink that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. The taste is similar to port wine and the color is a deep red.

The specific herbs that make up Mamajuana were originally prepared as an herbal tea by the native Taino Indians,then  alcohol was added to the recipe.


The exact ingredients that go into Mamajuana can vary, depending on who is making the beverage. Mamajuana generally consists of rum that has been allowed to macerate for 3-4 days with a variety of herbs and barks. The rum mixture is then strained off, and mixed with red wine or honey before being served as a shot.

Most common Mamajuana ingredients include the following:

Anamú (Petiveria alliacea)
Anis Estrellado (Illicium verum)
Bohuco Pega Palo (Cissus verticillata)
Albahaca (Ocimum basilicum)
Canelilla (Cinnamodendron ekmanii)
Bojuco Caro (Princess Vine)
Marabeli (Securidaca virgata)
Clavo Dulce (Whole Clove)
Maguey (Agave spp.) leaves
Timacle (Chiococca alba)

These are:  agave leaves, star anise, pokeweed, woody grape vines, clove, and milkberry (related to the coffee plant). Some people also add turtle shell or turtle organs for purported aphrodisiac effects.

It is common  to add other ingredients such as cinnamon, raisins, strawberry, molasses, and lemon or lime juice.

People in the Dominican Republic say to be an  aphrodisiac – “liquid Viagra”

In addition – the alcohol is said to act as an extract base that pulls the herbs’ curative properties, creating an herbal tincture often served as a shot. The reported positive effects on health vary, ranging from a flu remedy, to a digestion and circulation aid, blood cleanser, and kidney and liver tonic.

You can bay Mamajuana ready to drink, filtered and bottled or prepackaged dry ingredients, which you need cure and macerate.

If you are planning a trip to the Dominican Republic  you need to try it! If you still want to try and staying home, buy it online, they are many stores:))




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