Mamajuana is what my husband calls in his interesting English, 'Rum with esticks'. It is basically rum, red wine and honey poured into a bottle which is full of bits of tree bark, twigs and herbs. The herbs and bark were originally used by the Taino Indians with hot water to make a medicinal tea, and this has now been replaced by alcohol. Mamajuana is said to act as an aphrodisiac, in fact it is sometimes known as el para palo, literally 'lift the stick', a flu remedy, an aid to digestion and the circulation, a blood cleanser and a tonic for the liver and kidney. It is usually served as a shot and often restaurants will give you one on the house after a meal.
My second M is for Mangu. Apparently the word comes from Americans, who tried it when they invaded the Dominican Republic in the early 20th Century. They sat there eating mangu and said "Man, good", and as Dominicans usually leave the ends of the words it became known as mangu. Mangu is made by boiling green plantain bananas and then mashing them with salt and pepper, butter and a little water or milk. It is traditionally eaten for breakfast with fried salami, fried eggs and fried cheese. It is very addictive and is one of my favourite Dominican meals.
My third M is for a drink called Morir Soñando which means to die dreaming, and this really is a dreamy drink. It is basically freshly squeezed orange juice, milk, sugar and ice all mixed together, and drunk very cold. Instead of milk, many people use evaporated milk and some will use a different juice. My favourite is with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and evaporated milk - absolutely delicious. You do have to be very careful to keep all the ingredients cold or it will curdle. There is a recipe here which gives you the quantities of each ingredient and advice on how to make it.