About Mamajuana


What is Mamajuana?

Mamajuana is the Dominican Republic's national liqueur.



One of the first alcoholic beverages in the Americas, Mamajuana is the product of the Taíno People’s herbal tea combined with European alcohol. Thus Mamajuana was born and many Dominicans and began concocting their own homemade recipes.

That was, until Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, caught on to this “epidemic” of the rumored aphrodisiac elixir.

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 liqueur became the signature drink of the Dominican Republic.

Today, Mamajuana can be enjoyed in most resorts in Punta Cana, Bayahibe, La Romana and other tourist destinations.


Mamajuana Recipe

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The 500-year old recipe:

It’s a simple recipe: tree barks + herbs + spices + honey soaked in sugarcane alcohol. Some recipes 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 Taíno People. This special combination of sticks, roots and barks are famous 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.

Mamajuana has been used as a cold and flu remedy, a digestive and circulatory aid, and most infamously, as a sexual stimulant.

Mamajuana Effects

Famously known for its natural aphrodisiac effects. 

In the Dominican Republic, Mamajuana is commonly referred to as the Para Palo (raises your 'stick'), Rompe Cama (bed breaker) and even as far as to call it the Viagra Dominicano (no translation needed).

Mamajuana Benefits

While we cannot confirm nor deny these popular claims, we can attest that historically, the ingredients used in Mamajuana's recipe have been used by Shamans and healers for their health benefits. These ingredients have been used to lower blood pressure and help alleviate the cold and flu. 


Types of Mamajuanas

"Not all Mamajuanas were created equal."


Mamajuana exists in 3 distinct formats:

  1. Dry mamajuana sticks. Add rum and honey at home.

  2. Ready to Drink: with tree barks soaking in the bottle.

  3. Ready to Drink: filtered -> Candela.


Candela is a premium, ready to drink Mamajuana. 

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How to Drink Mamajuana

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The Normal Way:


Mamajuana is usually served neat. 

Pour Mamajuana in a glass at room-temperature. Plain and simple.

This is how most people in the Dominican Republic drink it.

    The Candela Way:

    • Cocktails: Mixologists love Candela; you'll love it too.  Candela mixes easily and creates unique cocktails. See our Recipes.
    • Shots: A shot of Candela will make you feel a nice warmth and goes down easily.

    Still Curious?

    For more information about Mamajuana:


    Wikipedia Page

    Liquor.com Article about Mamajuana


    Boozy Bark Juice aka Mamajuana. Wood chips aren't generally considered good eating, let alone good drinking. But if you're in the Dominican Republic, you can partake in Mamajuana, an alcoholic beverage steeped in herbs, bark, and spices. It's a hundreds-years-old herbal tea, and it's supposed to be a source of vitality and energy.

    Mamajuana for Sale

    Our Mamajuana is one of the only FDA-Compliant and TTB-Approved Mamajuanas in the market.

    You can find it online and in Total Wine & More stores.