Mabi Cocktail Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Mabi Cocktail Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:0%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Mabi cocktail is a traditional drink from the Caribbean, specifically the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It's made from the bark of the Mabi tree (also known as the soldierwood tree) and is often fermented to create a natural, sweet, and slightly fizzy drink. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy unique, natural flavors and a touch of Caribbean culture.

  • The Mabi tree is native to the Caribbean and its bark has been used for centuries in traditional medicine.
  • The drink was traditionally fermented in clay pots, giving it a unique flavor profile.
  • It's a popular choice for celebrations and gatherings, adding a tropical touch to any event.

How Mabi Cocktail Tastes?

The Mabi cocktail is sweet, slightly fizzy, and has a unique earthy flavor from the Mabi tree bark. It's refreshing, with a natural sweetness and a hint of citrus.

Interesting facts about Mabi Cocktail

  • The Mabi tree bark is believed to have medicinal properties, including anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits.
  • In some regions, Mabi is also known as 'Mauby' or 'Mavi'.
  • The fermentation process of the Mabi drink can take from a few days to several weeks, depending on the desired level of fizziness and sweetness.


  • Mabi tree bark: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Water: 32 oz(960ml)
  • Brown sugar: 1 cup
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Rum (optional): 2 oz(60ml)

Mabi Tree Bark

The Mabi tree bark lends an earthy, bitter flavour that is quintessential to the cocktail's character. Without it, you'd lose the heart of the drink – imagine a cauldron without the magic! If you can't find Mabi bark, you could experiment with birch or sassafras for a different, yet still earthy profile.

Emma Rose


Water, the essence of life! Here it serves as a base, ensuring that the Mabi bark's flavors are properly extracted without overwhelming bitterness. Too little and the potion would be far too potent; too much and you'd have a brew weaker than a wizard without a wand!

Alex Green

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar adds a rich, molasses-like sweetness that balances the Mabi's earthy bitterness and slyly whispers, 'come hither' to your taste buds. Without it, you might as well be drinking a tea made for trolls. Substitute with honey or maple syrup for a different twist on sweetness.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

The zesty kick! It keeps the cocktail lively and counters any cloying sweetness. Leave it out, and the dance of flavors will stumble over their own feet. Lime juice could pinch-hit, offering a tarter, more tropical vibe.

Emma Rose

Rum (optional)

Rum doesn't just join the soiree for fun; it boosts the cocktail's spirit (quite literally and figuratively). Leaving it out makes for a sober but still delightful mocktail. If you want to walk on the wild side, try a spiced rum or even tequila for an adventurous twist!

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Mabi Cocktail Drink

  1. Boil the Mabi tree bark in water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture and add the brown sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Let the mixture cool, then add the lemon juice and rum (if using).
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy your Mabi cocktail!

Pro Tips

  • For a stronger flavor, let the Mabi tree bark steep for longer before straining.
  • For a fizzier drink, let the mixture ferment for a few days before adding the lemon juice and rum.
  • Serve the Mabi cocktail over ice for a refreshing summer drink.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The subtle smokiness from grilled seafood such as shrimp or fish will complement the earthy notes of the Mabi bark.
  • Spicy Dishes: The sweetness of the brown sugar and the refreshing lemon will help balance out the heat from spicy Caribbean or Latin dishes.
  • Fruit Desserts: Savor your Mabi Cocktail alongside a tropical fruit dessert, like a mango tart or pineapple sorbet, to match the rum and citrus flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A simple side of sparkling water will cleanse the palate between sips without overshadowing the complex flavors of the cocktail.
  • Iced Tea: Opt for a glass of unsweetened iced tea; its tannins can draw parallels with the earthiness of the Mabi bark.
  • Coffee: A hearty, robust coffee makes for a great non-alcoholic pairing, especially if you're enjoying the Mabi Cocktail as a dessert drink.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Mabi Cocktail

  • If you can't find Mabi tree bark, you can use sarsaparilla root or birch bark as a substitute.
  • You can replace the brown sugar with honey or agave nectar for a different sweetness profile.
  • If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum.

Explore all drinks starting with M here

And of course - twists🍹

Spiced Mabi Cocktail

Ingredients: Mabi Bark, Water, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Spiced Rum

  1. Boil the Mabi bark as usual and mix with sugar.
  2. Once cooled, add freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  3. Stir in 2 oz of spiced rum for a warm, cozy twist.
  4. The spicy notes will draw out the earthy Mabi flavors, like putting on a sweater during a cool evening.

Herbal Mabi Fizz

Ingredients: Mabi Bark, Water, Honey, Lime Juice, Gin

  1. Replace brown sugar with honey and lemon juice with lime.
  2. After cooling, add 2 oz of gin for a botanical kick.
  3. Top with tonic water for a fizzy, herbal reinvention.
  4. It's like a garden party in your mouth, with every sip smoother than a butterfly's landing.

Mabi Margarita

Ingredients: Mabi Bark, Water, Agave Syrup, Lime Juice, Tequila

  1. Swap the brown sugar for agave syrup to lean into the margarita mindset.
  2. Use lime juice to complement the tequila.
  3. Blend the cooled mixture with ice and 2 oz of tequila for a frosty treat.
  4. This twist is a vacation in a glass, taking your senses on a trip to a beach with a breezy, tropical vibe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mabi Cocktail

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Mabi Cocktail

What type of rum is best to use in the Mabi cocktail?

While the choice largely depends on personal preference, a white rum is often used to preserve the natural colors and flavors of the other ingredients.

Can this cocktail be made in a batch for parties?

Absolutely! Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want to make. Remember to adjust the steeping and fermentation time accordingly.

How can I garnish the Mabi cocktail?

In addition to a slice of lemon, you can garnish with fresh mint leaves or a tropical fruit slice like pineapple or mango to enhance the Caribbean vibe.

Is there a specific type of glass it is typically served in?

Mabi is traditionally served in a tall, clear glass to showcase its unique deep amber color and slight fizz.

What sides or snacks pair well with the Mabi cocktail?

This cocktail pairs well with Caribbean appetizers like fried plantains, coconut shrimp, or Jamaican patties.

More similar recipes to Mabi Cocktail!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe