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Mama Juana! January 4, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink.

We “finished Christmas” today by getting together with my sister’s family (upon their return from a week’s stay in the Dominican Republic to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 60th Birthday).

The most interesting gift I received was a bottle of Mama Juana ~ the official beverage of the Dominican Republic.

From Trip Advisor:

Mamajuana is the indigenous drink of the Dominican Republic. It is a brew of twigs and bark and herbs, with rum and red wine and honey. Some love it, some hate it! Some claim that it is an aphrodisiac for men, but also that it cures all of what ails you, purifying organs and acting as a medicinal supplement.

More intel:

Today’s Mamajuana combines rum, red wine, honey and various tree barks, herbs and other assorted sticks, roots and leaves to create a powerfully-pungent flavor experience best left to the fearless. Lots of other ingredients can be added, and usually are based on old family traditions, whims and experimentation.

To read more and see a telling photo of the tincture: ย Mamajuana, The Taste of Adventure

Game for a bit of adventure, we opened the bottle, poured shots all around, and toasted the island.

Check out the twigs in the bottle!

Of the 10 adults present, no one spit it out . . . but more than a few grimaces were observed.

It might be an acquired taste. ย After all, it’s been around for 800 years!

Aah . . . that’s Mama Juana!


1. Tippy Gnu - January 4, 2020

Poison has been around for at least 800 years, also.

nrhatch - January 4, 2020

Ya, mon . . . it’s powerful stuff!
Like da poison, mon.
Not sho if it’s good for what ails ya . . . or if it ails what’s good for ya.

If I survive the night, I’ll report back on the morrow!

Tippy Gnu - January 5, 2020

Sounds like it might be time to put a cap on it, and hit the hay.

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

I did just that . . . and survived the night. I also grew two inches, dropped 15 pounds, lost 6 inches around my waist, and my eyesight is now 20/20 for the first in EVER.

On the negative ledger, my skin turned green and I have developed a tell-tale tail. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

2. Jill Weatherholt - January 5, 2020

I remember that stuff!

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

What a way to whittle away an afternoon, eh? Did you have it in the Dominican Republic or elsewhere?

Jill Weatherholt - January 5, 2020

I saw it in the DR, but I was too chicken to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

Without a bit of nudging from my nieces, I would never have tried it . . . but they bought it, brought it home, and bestowed it upon me for Christmas.

And, with a last name like hatch, I hate to be chicken. ๐Ÿ˜†

3. granny1947 - January 5, 2020

Can’t wait to hear about some of the more interesting side effects!

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

See my 2nd comment to Tippy for the most noteworthy side effects of my shot of Mamajuana.

It’s powerful stuff, mon!

4. Behind the Story - January 5, 2020

Did anyone of your group like it?

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

Let’s put it this way: No one asked for seconds. ๐Ÿ˜›

5. Kate Crimmins - January 5, 2020

Yikes! I’ll pass!

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

Probably a safe bet, Kate.

6. Debra - January 5, 2020

I’m game to try! I’m intrigued, anyway. I’ve certainly never heard of the brew, but I love the story and history behind it. I think this was a good way to toast the new year–with an adventure of sorts. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 5, 2020

When I unwrapped the bottle and saw the name (and content list), I assumed Mamajuana was an obscure concoction by a single “distillery” . . . for tourists. When I googled the tincture, I discovered that the stuff is ubiquitous on the island. Go figure!

But, like you, I was game to give it a go. And I survived! ๐Ÿ˜›

7. L. Marie - January 6, 2020

I never heard of that! ๐Ÿ˜€ Would you try it again?

nrhatch - January 6, 2020

Sure. I have 1/2 a bottle left to share with a few “daredevils” ~> I wouldn’t want them to drink alone.

8. Ally Bean - January 9, 2020

I’ve never heard of this drink but I don’t like rum so I’m going to go ahead and say I’ll pass on it. That being said, how cool that you found something new to drink. Like they say, everything old is new again.

nrhatch - January 9, 2020

My favorite aspect of the gift?
Ya, mon! ~> da straw hat!

“Go ahead, top it off!”

9. Annika Perry - January 13, 2020

Nancy, I like the name of this drink and am intrigued how it would taste. Did it improve on the second or third sip? Is it supposed to be downed in one go? Sounds like you all had a fun time tasting the Mamajuana! ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - January 13, 2020

Hi Annika! Welcome. I sipped it. The taste is bitter-ish but sippable. I expect that many would knock it back (like a shot of tequila) ~ maybe while holding their nose. ๐Ÿ˜†

10. roughwighting - January 14, 2020

Haha. Well, a unique gift for sure, and one that can be shared. ๐Ÿ™‚ CHEERS! xo

nrhatch - January 14, 2020

This is going to be the new Christmas tradition ~ bottles of booze with hats, caps, chapeaus, or turbans!

roughwighting - January 15, 2020

Sounds rather perfect to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 15, 2020

One of my nieces was here this weekend with her husband, I offered them another nip of MamaJuana and they both declined! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

I may only be able to share with those who are unaware . . .

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