While in the Dominican Republic we drank a local drink called Mama Juana – Mama Juana is a mixture of bark and herbs left to soak in rum (most often dark rum but the use of white rum is not uncommon), red wine and honey. The solid ingredients (local leaves, sticks and roots) vary from region to region.
I purchased a bottle (with just the twigs inside – no liquids) and bought it home to NZ. I declared it to customs and they said that since it had bark on the wood there may be bugs in there and it would not be allowed. The lady said she would get a second opinion and lucky for us since we were going to fill it with alcohol they would allow us to keep it.
The product label in in Spanish and contained the following:
Revitaliza el vigor sexual, limpia los rinones purifica la sangre, hecho a base de plantas naturales.
MODO DE EMPLEO
agregar: vino, ron o whisky, miel de aveja y pasas,dejar reposar por tres dias y luego beber en trago corto.
Pega palo, maravelis, palo de brazil, canelilla, una de gato, clavos, etc
Google translated this to the following:
Revitalizes sexual vigor, purifies the kidneys clean the blood, made from natural plants.
add wine, rum or whiskey, aveja honey and raisins, let stand for three days and then drink in short drink.
Paste stick maravelis, brazil club, canelilla a cat, nails, etc.
Not sure about the nails!
An update – on the 14th of June – we created out first Mama Juana drink.
We used the following procedure:
Sparkling wine and make your own Bloody Mary’s with 3 different types of vodka.
A selection of breads and rolls
Raw fish and raw tuna along with Chicken Breast and Grouper, smoked salmon and capers. I have eaten a lot of the raw fish and salmon and tuna for my breakfasts.
A selection of cheese and cured meats
A selection of salad ingredients
Mostly taco’s, and other little Mexican finer foods.
Lots of juices and fresh berries
And then there is always, eggs, bacon, hash browns, omelettes, and heaps of other dishes that change daily.
This act was part of the circus show in Punta Cana.