When visiting the Dominican Republic, it is likely you will encounter someone trying to sell you this product. With a name similar to an illegal drug, this might catch the unsuspecting tourists off guard. But have no fear, what you heard was really Mama – Juana. This is a special drink in the Dominican Culture. Most people swear by its medicinal and mood properties and others just for its taste, but none the less people love it. This was thought to have been created by Jesus Rodriguez in the 1950s but has been debated by many actually predating this time. 

     Well enough about the facts, I bet you want to know what is in it and why should you consume it? Well, let’s start with what is in it. Although some slight variations, for the most part, it should consist of a unique blend of bark and herbs, red wine, rum, and honey, soaked for at least 5 days. After that, it is ready to be consumed for whatever reason you see fit. Most people consume it as an aphrodisiac, cold remedy, general wellness drink or just to sip on, it does deliver in its taste. The best part is that once you drink it all, well then you just make it again. It is said that you can repeat the process for many years before needing to purchase new ingredients again. 

     Luckily if you are not able to travel there, with the power of the internet, you are able to find online retailers who will ship it right to your door. So if you’re looking to try something new I would suggest giving this Dominican Republic preparation a try. Who knows, your health or spouse may thank you.

Andrew Bragoli 

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