Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:22 PM
Have you heard of MamaJuana?
It's THE drink of the DR ... and supposedly an upper for the libido (can we say rockin' wedding night, Yea Baby!).
Here's some info on it. I can't wait to try it (wonder if Kelly - dragonfly - can tell some stories??)
Mamajuana also known as Viagra Dominicana is a drink indigenous to the island. Haiti and Dominican Republic, both having their own variation of the recipe. All are said to stimulate the libido.
Originally it was made by the Taino Indians, boiling the roots to make a type of tea. Honey was added as a sweetener. Then as time passed rum or wine was added to the mixture to make Mamajuana as it is known today.
This sweet, amber-colored liquid is said to be a cure-all, mainly used for the gripe, the Dominican name for the flu. It is also said to be a good remedy for arthritis, toothaches, headaches and stomach aches. In the history of Mamajuana it has been used as a cure for many different ailments. Many of the natural ingredients of mamajuana are also used in Western herbal remedies.
Some of these ingredients are; Canelillea (Dominican grown cinnamon whose leaves and twigs are used for flavor, circulation and adds a little warmth to the mix), Timacle (In the Taino language it means brave. It is a vine with big, twisted and gnarled roots. It is said to work on the ligaments to make one more agile for days. It is also said to make one energized and able to think more clearly). Caro, Marabeli, Osua, Guyacan, Twigs of Palo Indio, Palo de Maguey and Pega Palo (literally means hitting stick). Bejuco de Indio ( helps male impotency. It is said to even make the bottom parts of the body feel like they are vibrating if taken in large doses. It is said to make sweat and body odor have an essence that makes one seem more attractive, gets the pheromones flowing). Bejuco de Costilla (the bark is also said to give the lower parts of the body extra life and vibrancy, for some it can make you feel quite warm and toasty). Batata (also known as the plain old potato or sarsaparilla is a sexual stimulant). Bitter Ginger / Gengiberes Amargo (a root in the ginger family but it is a bit more bitter and yellower than regular ginger yet it looks about the same. It is used to repel internal parasites, improves circulation, said to help with arthritis and may even be able to help with hair growing). Yname/ true yam (said to enhance hormones.The inside is eaten in Dominican Republic and elsewhere like a potato and the outside is used in mamajuana). Anamº (bark of the tree), Bohuco (a type of creeper), Brazil. Plus many others some of which are said to be secret. Each creator has their own variation on the recipe to make it their own.
The other special ingredients are different animal parts. Mainly these animal parts are taken from sea animals. These sea creatures/ mariscos could include octopus, snail, conch, clam or oyster. One of the treasured ingredients is a sea turtle penis or as it is known in Dominican Republic, Miembro de Carey. For different versions of the recipe there can be different parts introduced to the bottle. There are different versions for getting pregnant (cat or parakeet claws), not getting pregnant, headache and more.
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:23 PM
Each person will have their own concoction, or if you prefer, recipe. All depends on their own special likes and dislikes. Basically after the natural sticks and parts are all stuffed into a bottle the liquid can be added. Usually, for the first batch, the bottle is filled with red wine (cheap wine is just fine for this step) and a little honey(about a 1/4 cup). This is left to sit for about a week, mainly to clean all the ingredients, wash away the bitterness of the sticks and to get the bottle ready for the good stuff. After the week has passed empty out the wine, "they say" you're not supposed to drink this, but it won't hurt if you like the taste. Now for the good part. Add some good
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:26 PM
DR Brides -- you MUST report back if it really IS the Dominican Viagra. lol...
I've heard from many that if you have one (or especially two) and then try to stand up -- look out -- potent stuff. woo-hoo!!!
Mamajuana can be served in as many different ways as there are of making the warm drink. It can be taken by the shot, served warm, over ice, after dinner, mixed with soda or juice. These are some of the different ways it can be served. It is available for tasting in most Dominican bars and restaurants. So there is no excuse for not giving it a try. If you don't like one places version of this warming liquid try another places version. Soon you will come to enjoy this typical Dominican "viagra".
My first experience seeing Mamajuana was on vacation in Dominican Republic. Some people I met at a Colmado near my hotel offered me some out of a big bottle carried in the back of the trunk. I saw all the "crap" in the bottle and turned it down . I had no idea what it was. My next visit I was a bit braver and tried it. It was quite tasty so my friend took me to some market where some relative of his sold it. Since he was related I got the "special" blend. He pulled out an old whisky with a half torn off, old label. This bottle was filled with a bunch of sticks. He opened the bottle when from under the shelf he pulled out a gallon plastic milk jug filled with some black liquid. He treated this "juice" like it was gold. He poured some in the bottle of twigs..so slowly. Then he jammed it all down with a stick! When he handed me that bottle, he had a big smile on his face, like he was giving me a gift from the Gods. He also refused to take any money and he gave me a drink from his "personal stash". It was wonderful...warm and tasty with a hint of fish flavor. Sweet, but how too sweet. A very enjoyable Dominican experience. And after I had it in USA it was a real conversation maker. My dog liked it also. My friends were not as acceptable as the dog, being not very sure about its look. No matter what it is said to do to the stamina and libido, I like it and will imbibe from time to time on my yummy treat. (More about My Mamajuana Experience at the DR Gringas Blog)
If Mamajuana is or is not a true aphrodisiac does it really matter? It is a great memory to take home from vacation with you. This way one can have a taste of Dominican Republic and a happy memory at the same time. Remembering your first encounter with and how you were offered your first taste of Mamajuana. How this first taste came along with a little smile. Like they knew what was going to happen to you later in the day if you kept drinking. Remembering the warmth of the sun..or was it the sun? Could it have been the Mamajuana.....
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:30 PM
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:31 PM
~ Jaime & Martin ~
"Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"
We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!
We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:35 PM
| Originally Posted by dragonfly |
Yes we did drink it, we had a toast after our wedding with it, some liked it lot's didn't. We drank it as a shot, many in our group mixed it in a drink, and then they liked it better. I didn't mind it, it reminded me of Amereto. You are not allowed to bring the herb home (canada) unless it is already mixed. My friends are a pretty rowdy, hor&%y group as is so I can't comment on if it really works, since everything works for my friends, lol....
I had heard that it can be hard to get through customs. I think I'll try to get some that's already mixed rather than bringing back just the herbs. (They can probably mix it better than me anyway). That's something I won't mind paying more for since I can't buy it here -- although I here you can haggle just about anything down to next to nothing price-wise.
Posted 21 August 2007 - 03:52 PM
I know that there are probably a lot of fake ones out there that people sell, so who knows, maybe it was not authentic. But watch out, cause a lot of the locals try to push it and sell it to you cause its well known and they try to charge a lot of money for it. So, beware of that.
Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:58 PM
Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:04 PM
| Originally Posted by pyrenese331 |
I have a bottle of this at home. It does not have the rum in it, just the bark and roots and whatever else they use. They said I just had to add rum when I got home. Haven't gotten around to that yet! I didn't have any problems getting it through customs. This was last March, so security was tight. They sell it in the flea markets for pretty cheap. I tried it when I was there, but was with girlfriends so not sure if it works. None of us liked the taste of it, but the idea behind it is great and it is a good souvenir
Definitely going to buy some to bring home!!!
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