Mavi Cocktail Recipe

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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


The Mavi cocktail is a traditional Puerto Rican drink that has a rich history. It is made from the bark of the mavi tree, which is native to the Caribbean. The drink was originally consumed by the indigenous Taíno people of Puerto Rico and has been passed down through generations. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy a unique, tropical flavor with a hint of history.

  • The Mavi cocktail is a traditional Puerto Rican drink
  • Made from the bark of the mavi tree
  • Originally consumed by the indigenous Taíno people

How Mavi Cocktail Tastes?

The Mavi cocktail has a unique, tropical flavor. It's sweet, with a hint of tartness, and has a deep, earthy undertone from the mavi bark. The drink is refreshing and light, making it perfect for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Mavi Cocktail

  • The Mavi cocktail is made from the bark of the mavi tree, which is native to the Caribbean.
  • The drink was originally consumed by the indigenous Taíno people of Puerto Rico.
  • Despite its rich history, the Mavi cocktail is not well known outside of Puerto Rico.


Mavi Bark

  • Why 2 oz? It's the perfect amount to infuse that distinct mavi flavor without overwhelming the drink. Not enough, and you'll miss the forest for the trees--literally. Too much, and it's like licking a tree trunk.
  • The Role: Mavi bark brings a unique earthy note that's pivotal for the Mavi Cocktail's signature taste. It's like nature's hug in a glass.
  • No Bark, No Bite: Skip on the bark, and you'll just have sweet lemon water. Where's the fun in that?
  • Alternatives: If Mavi bark is MIA, try some cinchona bark for a different kind of bitter or hibiscus for a floral twist. The cocktail will become a whole new woodland adventure.

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  • Why 8 oz? It's the pool for our ingredients to swim in. Not enough, and you're wading in a puddle. Too much, and you're diluting the experience, literally watering down the flavour party.
  • The Role: Water is what turns our Mavi brew from a concentrate into a cocktail. It's like a day spa for the other ingredients, letting them relax and mix.
  • No Water, No Cocktail: Forget the water, and you're serving Mavi syrup. Maybe good for pancakes, not for toasting.

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  • Why 1 oz? Because life's sweet but not that sweet. We want to balance the tartness, not cause a sugar rush.
  • The Role: Sugar acts as a mediator, smoothing over any disputes between the tart lemon and the bold Mavi.
  • Lose the Sugar, Lose the Smile: No sugar means a bitter face after each sip. If you want to keep friends, keep the sugar.
  • Alternatives: Want a different kind of sweet? Try honey for a more floral profile or agave for a gentle, earthy touch.

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Lemon Juice

  • Why 1 oz? It's the zing to our zen, the citrusy punch that awakens the palate. Too little, and the drink is a bore. Too much, and it's a sour sop.
  • The Role: Lemon juice cuts through the potential monotony, giving the cocktail a bright, clean finish that keeps you coming back.
  • No Lemon, No Zest: Skip it, and you miss out on the refreshing high notes. It's like a song without a melody.
  • Alternatives: If life hasn't given you lemons, try lime for a sharper hit or orange for a sweeter note.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Mavi Cocktail Drink

  1. Boil the mavi bark in water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture and add sugar, stirring until it dissolves.
  3. Add the lemon juice and stir.
  4. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
  5. Serve over ice in a tall glass.

Pro Tips

  • For a stronger flavor, let the mavi bark steep in the water overnight before boiling.
  • Serve the drink in a chilled glass for an extra refreshing experience.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The acidity of the cocktail complements the fresh citrus flavors in ceviche.
  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers: Mavi Cocktail's brightness pairs nicely with seafood.

Main Courses

  • Roast Chicken: The lemon in the cocktail cuts through the richness of the chicken.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Earthy flavors will be balanced by the refreshing notes of the Mavi Cocktail.


  • Lemon Tart: Echoing the citrus of the drink, a lemon tart could accentuate the cocktail's zesty flavor.
  • Sorbet: A light, fruit sorbet would complement the drink's refreshing quality.

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What you could change in Mavi Cocktail

  • If mavi bark is not available, you can substitute it with a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • You can also use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a different flavor profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

Tropical Mavi

  • Ingredients: Replace lemon juice with 1 oz of pineapple juice.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but use pineapple juice instead of lemon.
  • The Taste: This twist adds a tropical flair, swapping the tartness for a sweeter, more exotic sip. Aloha, Mavi style!
  • Why You'd Want This: If wearing leis and imagining sand between your toes while sipping is your kind of relaxation, the Tropical Mavi is just the ticket.

Spiced Mavi

  • Ingredients: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with the sugar.
  • Recipe: Infuse the cinnamon along with the sugar after boiling the Mavi bark.
  • The Taste: The warmth of cinnamon harmonizes with the earthiness of Mavi, creating a cocktail reminiscent of spiced holiday drinks.
  • Why You'd Want This: For those crisp evenings where comfort is sipped, not worn. It's like wrapping your palate in a cinnamon blanket.

Bubbly Mavi

  • Ingredients: Replace 4 oz of water with 4 oz of sparkling water.
  • Recipe: After chilling the mixture, top it with sparkling water before serving.
  • The Taste: The effervescence of the sparkling water adds a zippy liveliness to the mix, lifting the cocktail to celebratory heights.
  • Why You'd Want This: Sometimes the party doesn't start until the bubbles pop. Perfect for toasts and boasting about your mixing finesse.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mavi 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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mavi Cocktail

What kind of glass is preferred for serving Mavi Cocktail?

The Mavi Cocktail is best served in a highball glass but any tall glass can be used.

Is Mavi Cocktail suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, the Mavi Cocktail is both vegetarian and vegan as it doesn't contain any animal-based ingredients.

What kind of meals or appetizers pair well with a Mavi Cocktail?

Mavi Cocktail pairs well with tropical or spicy dishes, light summer salads, seafood, or appetizers like nachos and salsa.

Is it possible to prepare a non-alcoholic version of the Mavi Cocktail?

The Mavi Cocktail is originally non-alcoholic. However, some people like to add a splash of rum or tequila to give it a kick.

How can I get mavi bark if I don't live in the Caribbean?

Mavi bark can be ordered online or found at specialty food stores.

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