What Exactly is Mama Juana?

Aubrey Sewer and Doug Benton show off some homemade mama juana at Saturday's event in Coral Bay.
Aubrey Sewer and Doug Benton show off some homemade mama juana at Saturday’s event in Coral Bay.

So last week we told you about the Mama Juana festival that was happening over in Coral Bay. Members of the American Legion held the event which celebrated the post’s anniversary and also served as a fun festival that featured information for veterans, crafts and food. It also featured some Mama Juana.

We here at News of St. John were unsure what Mama Juana was, so we decided to do some investigating for all of you.

It turns out that Mama Juana is a West Indian drink that is concocted by allowing wine, honey and rum to soak in a jar filled with medicinal herbs. Some people refer to this little concoction as “liquid viagra.” Yes, as soon as I learned that, I probably should have walked away. But I decided to stay, so I could report back to all of you.

Before I knew it, Doug Benton and Aubrey Sewer, two very sweet American Legion members, led me over to a table that had two tequila bottles on it. Each were filled with a dark red liquid that had an abundance of herbs floating in it – the Mama Juana. It was pretty hot out, so they suggested I grabbed an ice cube. I closed my eyes and took a sip. Woohoo, that was something!

Potent? Yes. Liquid viagra? Well, I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. 😉

Mama Juana aside, the festival was a great success. We’re hoping they plan another one soon.

4 thoughts on “What Exactly is Mama Juana?”

    • Bought some a couple of years on St. Croix and brought it home. My adult children said it was the best booze ever, a one shot buzz

  1. First heard of this in the Dominican Republic. They even sell packets of the herbs in the grocery stores there. Potent little concoction.

  2. Agree with Sharon. I had my honeymoon in Punta Cana and this stuff was everywhere in the DR. They even had little huts on the sides of dirt roads selling the stuff. Who knows what was in those bottles though! I tried it a few times. Didn’t really do anything to me but then again, I was on my honeymoon so…

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