HOW DO YOU PREPARE MAMAJUANA
The first step in the process is eliminating the bitterness of the ingredients, this process is referred to as "curing" and consists in soaking the ingredients in red wine for about a week. After that the wine is thrown away. Then the rum and honey are added. Many people include additional ingredients such as cinnamon. cloves, vanilla, star anise and ginger.
After a few days the mixture acquires the mamajuana taste and is ready to be consumed. This process can be repeated several times until the ingredients loose their flavor.
Mamajuana, in general, is made with a combination of a variety of plants native to the Dominican Republic, such as Gouania lupuloides (chewstick), Caesalpinia echinata (brazilwood), Serjania Polyphylla (basketwood), Cryptorhiza Haitiensis (canelilla leaf), Anamú (Petiveria alliacea), Anis Estrellado (Star Anise), Bohuco Pega Palo (Cissus verticillata), Bojuco Caro (Princess Vine), Marabeli, Clavo Dulce (Whole Clove), Maguey (Agave spp.) leaves, Timacle (Chiococca alba)
There is no rule including or excluding any ingredient in making mamajuana. Nevertheless there are certain plants that should be used in order to give it the authentic mamajuana taste.