It was a hot today and I felt as if I would burn up in my car while driving around doing some errands before going home. By the time I arrived at home I was dead tired from the heat. But reflecting on all of this had me thinking what I would have liked to drink in the hot sun, and I had just the thing in mind…..A nice tall glass of beastly cold Mauby; frothy and sweet to the bitter end.
Mauby,mabi,mavi, mauby recipe

Where do you get mauby? Mauby bark (colubrina arborescens) is sold at the market or supermarket in packs. At the market there are vendors that specialize in spices and related products; you could get all sorts of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise, linseed, sea moss, processed sea moss and in some cases even bois bande bark, but that’s another story :-) The packs usually contain a mixture of spices that go well with the mauby bark when making mauby. In the pack you get clove, aniseed, bay leaf, cinnamon sticks, star anise and, of course, mauby bark. Now, mauby is also sold as a concentrate, just add water, but in my opinion nothing beats a good glass of homemade mauby. That is why I decided to show you all how we make it in Trinidad. Of course I encourage you to try your own mix of spices with the mauby bark, who knows, maybe someone will come up with a recipe for a new mauby drink ! :^)



2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
5 pieces of mauby bark
10 cloves
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp aniseed

Boil ingredients in 3 cups of water for about 20 mins and leave to cool
When cooled pour the concentrate into a larger pot or bowl.
Add about 10 cups of water and sweeten to taste ( I used 2 cups of brown sugar)
Strain the mauby, place in a mug or bottle and refrigerate
Mauby; sweet to the bitter end

Well that’s it for another post. I hope tomorrow will not be as hot as today. Until then, bye !




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7 Responses to Mauby

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  2. Cat Sutter August 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Fantastic recipe! Thanks – was missing like you a cold glass of Mauby. Now I am having one, sipping it on my porch :).

  3. gypsychant September 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    “Frothy and sweet to the bitter end.” Best description I heard yet. Putting a link to my blog. Great post.

  4. Angela April 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    5 pieces. What is the weight. Please let me know. This is the problem with some recipies. Please also put the weight. I have a whole package of crumbled pieces.


  5. Felix April 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    The 5 pieces is based on personal taste. Use your discretion and adjust to suit your taste.

  6. Daniel March 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    This is a good base mauby recipe – I added citrus peels (orange and lime) while boiling the concentrate and then a bit of honey while mixing in the sugar and water.

    The blog is right – you can add all kinds of stuff to the mix and just keep experimenting until you find what you like.

  7. michael May 23, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Good post, I have been looking for this recipe.

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