The Dominican Republic's Native Liqueur.
“Before rum, there was Mamajuana…”
One of the first alcoholic beverages in the Americas, Mamajuana is the product of the Taíno Indian’s herbal tea combined with European alcohol. Thus Mamajuana was born and many Dominicans began concocting their own recipes and many began to sell their homemade creations.
That was, until Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, caught on to the “epidemic” of the rumored aphrodisiac spirit. His biggest fear: population growth. As a result, he issued a decree forbidding the sale of mamajuana without a medical license.
As a result, this legendary elixir became the signature drink of the Dominican Republic.
HOW IT'S MADE
“Barks, spice and everything nice.”
It’s a simple recipe: tree barks + herbs + spices + honey soaked in sugarcane alcohol. Some recipes also include wine. Let these ingredients steep and voilà: Mamajuana.
The selection of herbs and barks used in the making of mamajuana is credited to the native Taino Indians. The combination of sticks, roots and barks were chosen for their health benefits.
When paired with alcohol (which extracts the medicinal properties of the herbs and barks), mamajuana is reported to have curative properties. It has been used as a cold and flu remedy, a digestive and circulatory aid, and most famously, as a stimulant for sexual desire.
TYPES OF MAMAJUANA
“Not all mamajuanas are created equal.”
You can find mamajuana in 3 distinct formats:
- A bag of dry mamajuana base ingredients. Add alcohol and honey at home.
- Ready-to-drink: with tree barks soaking in the bottle.
- Ready-to-drink: filtered.
Candela is a ready-to-drink, premium mamajuana. Buy online.
HOW TO DRINK
“Dame Candela, por favor.”
The most common way to drink mamajuana is straight: just pour room-temperature mamajuana in a glass. Plain and simple. This is how most people in the Dominican Republic drink it.
How We Like It
We recommend drinking Candela:
- As a shot. Serve Candela at room temperature to highlight its distinct flavor notes.
- In cocktails. Candela is smooth, has a distinct flavor and a subtle sweetness. This makes it a superb base spirit in many cocktail recipes. Mixologists love Candela.. you'll love it too.
- See our Recipes page.