When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some ” Mama Juana? ” ” I don’t want marijuana, ” I answer. ” No, ” she laughs, ” Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. ” Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a tree, which, it turns out, is. Research says this alcoholic drink was concocted by local Taino Indians who put rum, red wine,honey, herbs, and bark in a jug to make a happy time drink.The drink is good for colds, flu, digestion, circulation, and cleaning the blood.  ” It won’t hurt me? ” Yuri shakes her head ” no” and Berluis pours us all a little into plastic cups, not unlike my golfing crew’s ” birdie juice ” cups. We drink to the Dominican Republic, and, happily, no ill effects have been noticed. The alcohol content is subdued and the drink is sweet, not unlike Jamaica Tea. ” You can’t say, ” Yuri explains, ” You have been to the Dominican Republic without trying Mama Juana. ” People don’t need to have a health reason to drink but having a real cold makes this sampling real good for me. Learning about local traditions is always a plus, especially when they taste so good.  
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