Thursday, September 7, 2017

Candela Mamajuana -

1st and only Mamajuana to be legally sold in the United States
Candela Mamajuana....$29.99
Imported from the Dominican Republic
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.

“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.

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