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Mamajuana drink | Source: Shutterstock
Mamajuana drink | Source: Shutterstock

Mamajuana Recipe for Crafting the Iconic Dominican Elixir at Home

Naomi Wanjala
Feb 15, 2024
08:53 A.M.
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Embark on a journey to the heart of the Dominican Republic with this tantalizing Mamajuana recipe. This concoction promises a taste of the Caribbean in every sip.

Mamajuana, a beloved drink hailing from the Dominican Republic, is a rich fusion of rum, red wine, and honey infused with a blend of tree bark and herbs. With a taste akin to port wine, its deep red color and herbal flavor create a robust and warming sensation.

Steeped over time, this cocktail drink matures into a deeply flavored concoction, best enjoyed at room temperature in shot glasses. With this simple Mamajuana recipe, you easily recreate the flavors of the Dominican Republic in your kitchen. Let’s dive into the process.

Bottles of Mamajuana | Source: Shutterstock

Bottles of Mamajuana | Source: Shutterstock

Craft Your Own Mamajuana Recipe: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups red wine
  • 4 cups rum
  • 2 cups liquor (gin or vodka)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chicory bark

Herbs:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, smashed or broken
  • 1 large grape leaf
  • 3 star anise (with seeds)
  • 4 dried hibiscus petals
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

Instructions:

1. Crush all the herbs and bark in a large bowl.

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bottle or jar and pour gin or vodka over it.

A person preparing a Mamajuana drink | Source: YouTube/@NorberisR

A person preparing a Mamajuana drink | Source: YouTube/@NorberisR

3. Allow the mixture to steep for 5 days, shaking the container daily.

4. After 5 days, discard the infused liquor. (The initial soaking removes the bitterness from the mixture).

5. Add the wine, rum, and honey to the infused mixture and seal the container tightly.

A full jar with all the Mamajuana ingredients | Source: YouTube/@NorberisR

A full jar with all the Mamajuana ingredients | Source: YouTube/@NorberisR

6. Let the mixture steep for at least 5 days, shaking it daily to evenly distribute the flavors.

A person holding a bottle of Mamajuana | Source: Shutterstock

A person holding a bottle of Mamajuana | Source: Shutterstock

When it comes to the Mamajuana recipe, it's not just about mixing ingredients; it's about embracing a rich tradition and cultural experience. With patience and care, you can savor the unique flavors of the Dominican Republic right in your own home.

If you like this recipe, it's time to elevate your mixology game with this Strawberry Hennessy recipe, another cocktail drink perfect for impressing guests or savoring solo.

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