Dominican Mamajuana Recipe
The Traditional Dominican 'Aphrodisiac'!
This 'light-hearted' article about the Dominican Mamajuana recipe was written for www.visiting-the-dominican-republic.com by Al Smith.
Al is a British author, who has been involved in the 'Food Industry' and with researching, writing about and teaching food science, hospitality and general management topics for over 25 years. He is passionate about food, drink and the Dominican culture.
[Oh, and be warned Al also suffers from a strange "sense of humour"...]
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"Secrets of Dominican Mamajuana Revealed!"
"The infamous Dominican Mamajuana recipe is a closely guarded secret combination of herbs, leaves, roots, bark and spices – steeped for days in liquors – possibly enhanced with some even 'fishier' ingredients – and then combined with honey, wine and real Dominican rum, as well as a few other things. This secret process, only made by a few families who have handed down their recipes for many generations, all goes to produce the traditional 'pick-me-up' for a man's flagging spirits (so to speak) and provide the fuel that enlivens many a Dominican Don Juan's personal performance...or so it is claimed!!
The 'mythology' of Dominican Mamajuana is well known to many of those who have visited the Dominican Republic by now...and no doubt there are a good number who can tell stories of whether this so-called 'liquid viagra' really did 'keep them up' all night... or merely moistened their dreams! (...and fuelled their hangovers!)Standing out proudly amongst the World's weird drinks
In general though, assuming you don't mind a rather sweet tipple, the typical Dominican Mamajuana recipe produces quite an enjoyable herb, liquor and honey concoction. One thing is for certain, you are unlikely to be in the Dominican Republic for long before someone offers you a 'shot' of Mamajuana with a sly 'wink and a nod'!
Wherever you go in the world it seems that there is always a 'local livener' that is peculiar to the region. Usually made with liquor derived from some form of abundant local fruits or plant-life...in effect Mamajuana is no exception. You may have tried Mezcal in Mexico, Hierbas in Ibiza or Kumquat in Kerkyra...but none of these quite compare with Dominican Mamajuana which has gained a 'mythical' status in the realms of Dominican folklore....First collect a bouquet of strange twigs!
For tourists it certainly makes a 'novel' memento, or gift, to take a bottle of what appears to be 'twigs and leaves' home, instead of (or as well as) the obligatory 'duty free' litre of Caribbean Rum! For Mamajuana can be created back at home by adding your own honey, wine and rum to the natural 'organic constituents', once you have 'cured' them appropriately.
Of course the actual combination of ingredients and their relative quantities is a closely guarded secret, known only to a few Dominican families who still produce 'the real thing'. One or two brave souls have risked their 'reputations' (if nothing else) to try and bring the age-old Dominican Mamajuana recipe to a wider audience...and we would be shirking our duties here if we didn't also try and provide for you...if not the 'definitive' recipe at least the best guide to creating your own Dominican Mamajuana recipe that we can wheedle out of our many contacts in the wonderful DR!
Now to start with you'll need to raid an apothecary! (If you can find one) Or at least have a decent knowledge of ancient herbalism to assemble such ingredients that some claim are essential to the potency of the most effective Dominican Mamajuana recipe. Such wonderfully named items as – Anamú (bark of the tree), Bohuco (a type of creeper), Brasil, Canelilla (Cinammon based ingredient), Caro, Marabeli, Osua, various 'twig type ingredients' like Palo Indio, Palo de Maguey and Pega Palo (to 'give it some stick'! – Pega Palo literally means a 'hitting stick'), plus some other exotics like Timacle...
Now these particular ingredients are the essential herbals that give the Dominican Mamajuana recipe its supposed power against La Gripe (influenza) and other serious ailments relating to the prostate and even the ovaries – for yes, even though the most infamous property of Dominican Mamajuana may relate to 'promoting male virility' – this marvelous 'traditional medicine' is also apparently valuable for more 'feminine needs' too (...the cynic might say -- why shut out half the potential market for this fabled 'cure-all'?!) Much more than just liquid Viagra!
These plant based items carefully combined in 'secret proportions' are just the beginning, however! It is essential of course that you 'acquire' the right Dominican Mamajuana recipe for your particular needs! For instance if your desire is to stimulate your fertility, and become pregnant, you must ensure that you get hold of the Mamajuana thatcontains 'cat's claw' or 'talon of parakeet'! (So if you notice that 'Polly' the parrot can no longer grasp hold of his nuts ;-o maybe a mysterious-Mamajuana-maker has paid him a recent visit!)
The most 'popular' type of Dominican Mamajuana recipe, however, is probably the one that is reckoned to emulate the effect of 'viagra'...for this your Mamajuana recipe needs to..."END OF PART 1
THE COMPLETE ARTICLE
- including the second installment of , plus an extra chapter about the 'real' medical benefits being found for many of Mamajuana's traditional ingredients - is NOW AVAILABLE as an e-book along with guidance for the preparation of Mamajuana liqueurs - and a selection of traditional recipes, and packed with useful brewing tips...."Secrets of Dominican Mamajuana Revealed!"
With a bottle of 'Mamajuana herbs' (maybe you have some you brought back from vacation?) you can now create your own 'perfect brew' at home. You can enjoy a glass of this traditional 'pick-me-up' as you watch the sun go down from your Manhattan apartment (or wherever)...and reminisce about those heady, hazy, lazy days spent sojourning in the DR!
We created the e-book 'The Secrets of Dominican Mamajuana Revealed' - so that anyone who wants to know more about this infamous 'beverage' and obtain a selection of genuine recipes (for both beginners and the more experienced) as well as a host of 'brewing tips' - could get the 'secret information' ;-) they needed - economically...and quickly...and at the same time...your 'small donation' of US$10 also helps towards the increasing costs of maintaining and managing www.visiting-the-dominican-republic.com.
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PLEASE NOTE:RE: Dominican Mamajuana & Dominican Mamajuana Recipe
The secret blend of herbs that form the basis of a Dominican Mamajuana recipe, and the variety of Mamajuana liqueurs that can be brewed from them – hold a very special place in the folklore and culture of the Dominican Republic. Whilst there are many traditional stories and "old wives' tales" about the efficacy and application of Mamajuana for a wide variety of ailments we would like to point out that www.visiting-the-dominican-republic.com makes NO CLAIMS whatsoever
for there being any genuine, or specific medicinal benefits to be gained from consumption of this infamous
There has never been, as far as we know, any reliable or extensive medical research to assess any claims that have ever been made for this product over many years of Dominican tradition. We feature this item on this web site as an amusing example of the most traditional of Dominican cultural ‘novelties’. Almost everyone who has ever visited the Dominican Republic will have been introduced to Mamajuana – and we offer the opportunity here for people simply to obtain a ‘fun-memento’ of their sun-drenched Caribbean vacation, if they so wish.
We also remind anyone who purchases Mamajuana herbals for the purpose of brewing their own Mamajuana liqueur using any typical Dominican Mamajuana recipe (which will most likely include one, or more, types of alcoholic ingredients) that they should consume the resulting liquor responsibly, in moderation and in accordance with any current advice provided by their national/local medical advisory body in relation to safe levels of alcohol intake.
Ruth, Esther & Alan - www.visiting-the-dominican-republic.com
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