Mamajuana Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

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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


Mamajuana is a drink from the Dominican Republic that is concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. The taste is similar to port wine and the color is a deep red. The specific herbs and barks used vary by region, but it typically includes Anamú (Petiveria alliacea) and the bark from the Canellaceae tree family.

  • Who would like it? If you're a fan of herbal and strong drinks, this one's for you. It's also a great choice for those who appreciate traditional, cultural beverages.

How Mamajuana Tastes?

Mamajuana has a unique, strong, and herbal taste. It's sweet due to the honey, yet balanced by the bitterness of the herbs. The rum and red wine give it a robust and warming sensation.

Interesting facts about Mamajuana

  • Mamajuana was originally prepared as a herbal tea by the native Taino Indians, and post-Columbus, it was fortified with alcohol.
  • It is often served as a shot and is considered a powerful aphrodisiac in the Dominican Republic.
  • The drink is also believed to be a cure-all, with locals using it to treat everything from flu and digestion issues to kidney problems.


Dark Rum

Dark rum is chosen for its rich, caramel and vanilla notes, which add depth and warmth to the cocktail. The 2 oz measurement is a well-balanced base; too much could overwhelm the other flavors, and too little wouldn't give enough structure to the cocktail. Alternatives include spiced rum for an extra kick, or aged rum for a smoother taste.

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Red Wine

The 1 oz of red wine gives a fruity and acidic contrast to the cocktail, helping balance the sweetness of the rum and honey. If omitted, the drink loses a layer of complexity. A lighter red like Pinot Noir or a bolder Cabernet Sauvignon could be used depending on personal taste.

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At 1 oz, honey imparts a natural sweetness and viscosity. Too much honey and the drink can become cloying; too little and it may lack balance. Alternatives like agave syrup or maple syrup can be used, but it will alter the flavor profile subtly.

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Mamajuana Herbs

A handful of Mamajuana herbs is essential for the drink's distinctive taste, as they impart earthy, bitter, and sweet flavors. Without these herbs, it wouldn't be a Mamajuana. There are no real substitutes for Mamajuana herbs, as they are unique to this drink.

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Recipe. How to make Mamajuana Drink

  1. Fill a bottle with Mamajuana herbs.
  2. Add honey, rum, and red wine.
  3. Let it sit for at least a week, the longer the better.
  4. Serve as a shot, neat.

Pro Tips

  • The longer you let the mixture sit, the better the flavors will meld together.
  • You can reuse the herbs several times, just add more rum, wine, and honey.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings for Mamajuana Cocktail

  • Grilled Meats: The rich, woody flavors of Mamajuana complement the smoky taste of grilled meats such as steak or pork chops.
  • Cheese Platter: Choose aged cheeses like cheddar or gouda to stand up to the bold flavors of the herbs and honey.
  • Dark Chocolate: The sweetness of the honey and the complexity of rum make this an excellent pairing with dark chocolate desserts.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A strong, black coffee can be a great follow-up to the sweet and herbal shot.
  • Ginger Beer: For those looking for a non-alcoholic chaser, the spiciness of ginger beer goes well with the sweetness of Mamajuana.

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What you could change in Mamajuana

  • Rum: You can use either white or dark rum, but dark rum gives a richer flavor.
  • Honey: If you prefer a less sweet drink, you can reduce the amount of honey or replace it with agave syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Mamajuana Mojito Twist

  • Ingredients: 2 oz White Rum, 1 oz Simple Syrup, 1 Handful Mamajuana Herbs, Fresh Mint, Lime, Soda Water
  • Replace dark rum with white rum for a lighter taste. Muddle the herbs with lime and mint to create a herbal mojito version. The Mamajuana Mojito will be lighter and more refreshing than the original.

Mamajuana Sangria Twist

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Dark Rum, 2 oz Red Wine, 1 oz Orange Juice, 1 oz Honey, 1 Handful Mamajuana Herbs, Assorted Fruits
  • By adding more red wine and fruits, you can make a Mamajuana Sangria. The fruits will add an extra burst of sweetness and the drink will have a fruitier edge. Serve this over ice in a wine glass.

Spiced Mamajuana Twist

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Spiced Rum, 1 oz Red Wine, 1 oz Honey, 1 Handful Mamajuana Herbs, Cinnamon Stick
  • Use spiced rum in place of dark rum. The addition of a cinnamon stick will imbue the drink with a warming, spicy note. This twist is perfect for cooler weather and those who enjoy a touch of spice.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mamajuana

What kind of occasions is Mamajuana best suited for?

Mamajuana is often enjoyed in social gatherings and parties. It's also enjoyed casually at home, or can be served as an after-dinner drink due to its warming sensation and unique flavor.

Can I use other kinds of wine instead of red wine?

Traditional Mamajuana recipes call for red wine due to its rich flavor, which complements the potent herbs and dark rum. Substituting it with white or rose wine could drastically change the flavor.

What is the best way to store Mamajuana?

It is best to store Mamajuana in a cool, dark place to preserve its flavors. The bottle should be sealed tightly when not in use.

Can I drink Mamajuana if I'm allergic to certain herbs?

It's essential to be mindful of the herbs used in Mamajuana, especially if you have known allergies. Ensure to check the ingredients before consuming.

How strong is Mamajuana compared to other liquors?

The strength of Mamajuana can vary depending on the duration it has been left to ferment. The alcohol percentage usually ranges around 20-40%, making it stronger than wine but weaker than spirits like vodka or whiskey.

Are there ready-made Mamajuana drinks available in the market?

Yes, there are pre-made Mamajuana drinks available in stores, especially in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean markets. However, many people prefer to make it themselves to adjust the sweetness and strength to their personal preference.

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