How to make Trinidad Mauby

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4 glasses of Trinidad Mauby

Trinidad Mauby is an infusion of spices and the bark from the Colubrina Elliptica tree, also known as the Snake wood tree, because of the wood's snakeskin-like patterns. The bark of this tree has a unique woody licorice flavor that makes for a refreshing drink on a hot day. Served chilled over ice or spiked with a shot of rum, this local beverage will quench your thirst and transport you to a state of total relaxation.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
60 mins
Serves
10

Ingredients

  • 1000 ml Water

  • 12-15 pieces of Mauby Bark

  • 3 Small Sticks of Cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons Anise Seed

  • 3 whole Star Anise

  • 3 whole Cloves

  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds

  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg Powder

  • 1 Large Bay Leaf

  • 2 3 inch pieces of Dried Orange Peel

  • 15 oz Ginger thinly sliced lengthwise

  • Pinch of Salt

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

  • 200-400 g Brown Sugar

  • 3000-5000 ml Water

Instructions

Mauby Concentrate

In a small saute pan, place the Mauby Bark, cinnamon sticks, anise seeds, star anise, whole cloves and fennel seeds, and toast over medium to high heat until the scent of the spices fills the air. Remove before it burns!!!

Overview of spices toasting in a pan.

In a 3 quart saucepan, bring the 1000 ml of water to a boil.

Overview of a pot of spices being boiled in a pot.

Once the water is boiling, add the toasted spices, bay leaf, dried orange peel, ginger and pinch of salt. Boil for 5 minutes.

Salt being added to a pot filled with Mauby ingredients

Bring the heat down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Overview of ingredients simmering in a pot.

Turn off the heat completely, cover and allow to steep and brew until cool or overnight for a deeper flavor.

Overview of a covered pot containing Mauby ingredients steeping

Once the mixture is cool, strain the liquid and discard the ingredients used in the brewing.

Mauby ingredients being strained into a container.

Add the vanilla essence to this liquid, and you have now made your Mauby Concentrate.

Vanilla essence being added to Mauby concentrate
Mauby Juice/Drinks

For a single glass of Mauby juice/drink, add 1-2 tablespoons of concentrate to a glass of water adding sugar to taste. Serve chilled or over ice.

Sideview of a single glass of Mauby drink in a mason jar with a straw inside

For a jug or pitcher of Mauby juice/drink, add 60 ml of concentrate for every 250 ml of water adding sugar to taste. Serve chilled or over ice.

Sideview of a jug filled with Mauby drink

For a cocktail, add 1.5 oz of the Rum of your choice to your glass of Mauby juice/drink. Serve chilled or over ice.

Sideview of a Mauby cocktail in a martini glass

For a carbonated version, add Mauby concentrate to your choice of Sprite, Soda Water or Tonic Water adding sugar to taste. Serve chilled or over ice.

Sideview of a glass of carbonated mauby drink in a mason jar
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Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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