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Submitted by dr1guide on February 9, 2010 – 6:56 pmOne Comment

MamajuanaMamajuana, a Dominican aphrodisiac with reputed healing powers, has become synonymous with the DR. This elixir has captured the intrigue of locals and travelers, and its history as a traditional Taino drink, has added to its cultural mystique.

What is it, exactly?

Mamajuana, is prepared in a variety of ways, and can include many ingredients, including tree bark, twigs, roots, red wine, rum, honey, cinnamon, and even mints. Some recipes might include a “miembro de carey,” (sea turtle’s penis), the “claw of a parakeet,” “the nail of a cat,” or Bejuco, which supposedly helps with pregnancy or impotence.
Dominicans say mamajuana can even cure the seasonal flu, colds or headaches. Those looking to discover this traditional drink can purchase a pre-cured bottle and or a basic bottle that has the basic ingredients, allowing you to make up your own concoction.

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